by Yvonne Fukumoto, Finance Officer of EPIC Ministry
(Reposted from May 2021)
Motherhood teaches us everything we need to know about faith. Being a parent helps us to understand how God, our Father, relates to us. The innate emotions we have of love, frustration, and compassion for our kids, is the same way God feels about us, as His children. I have felt stressed and anxiety many times during my journey as mother and I have equally lifted numerous prayers to God because of my children. Being a mother challenges you in ways that you cannot study or prepare for, and of course, each child comes with difference experiences.
I came into motherhood with no real expectation at the age of 21. It was a surprise and a blessing as new parents to have our first baby girl, Maile, because she was extremely easygoing, and our lifestyle didn’t change much. Then we thought Maile needed a sibling and planned the birth our second baby girl, ‘Ōlena, who graced us with a lively personality that refreshed our lives. Just when we thought our family was complete, God surprised us with our last baby girl, Lehua, who is a bundle of energy that tested our patience.
My children bring joy and laughter into my life and their playful smiles always make my day. However, at the same time, they push me to my limits. Luckily, I am married to one of the best people I know, who has taught me from the beginning of our relationship, to “Have Faith”. Through the most difficult times, it may seem like you’ve had enough, but it is in these moments that we must turn to God and find comfort in knowing that you are not alone. I also find that connecting with other mothers in a community of faith and sharing in the joys and the pains of motherhood together helps keep your sanity in check.
My constant prayer to my children is that they not only be physically protected but also to build their own relationship and faith in God. I hope through our example as parents, they find peace, hope, and reassurance that God is with them. Motherhood and faith go together. I couldn’t do one without the other. You need faith in God to get through motherhood. Wine helps... But faith is essential.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Please continue praying for a complete and speedy recovery for Yvonne who has been in the ICU for five months now battling anti-NMDAR encephalitis, a rare neurological autoimmune disease.