Hi beautiful mummy! Thank you for visiting my blog; Gospel Centered Mum. My name is Antoinette Jacobs and I am a mother to 5 wonderful children. Never in a billion years did I ever think in my wildest dreams that I would be a mum to 5 children, especially after being so adamant that I would not be having any more after my 2nd child was born. But here I am with 3 more blessings, and even though my youngest is now 1 years old, I still have to pinch myself that I am not dreaming.
Why am I doing this?
Ok, so you may be wondering what the purpose of this blog is. My intention is to share with other mums, like yourself, my journey in aiming to be intentional in keeping the Gospel central in my mummy life. I hope to encourage you, keeping it real with the struggles I face every day as a mum, and how I overcome these struggles by the power of the Gospel for the Glory of God. I aim to share my highs and lows, my challenges and victories, so please be gentle with me as I bear all.
Me and my history.
I am a stay-at-home mum & homemaker and we are about to enter our 4th year of homeschooling. I am not a super mum, as some people like to call me. I actually cringe when I get called that. I guess it is because I see my many flaws. I fail in my role as a mum, much more than I would like to admit and there are many days where bed time cannot come soon enough. I am in no means perfect and trust me, my days can get messy, not just physically but mentally and spiritually too, but holding on to the Gospel, be it in the moment, or on reflection (as I do sometimes forget when I am in the heat of it all) gets me through the good, the bad and the ugly days of motherhood.
In 2007, after the birth of my 2nd child I become a single parent and it was then that the seriousness of being a mother hit me. I realised I would have to give an account to God for how I raised my children which scared me. I knew how flawed I was and all the mistakes I had made in my short time of being a parent, and to top it off, I was doing it alone. However, when I read that Paul attributed Timothy’s faith to the teaching he received from his grandmother and mother in 2 Tim 1:5, joy and relief filled my heart. ‘I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Louis and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well’.
Fast forward a few years, and In 2012 I married an amazing man, Jermaine, and we now have 3 more beautiful children added to our family. The 3 new additions came quite close together with there being 20 months age gap between my 3rd and 4th child and 21 months between my 4th and 5th child.
After the birth of my 5th child, I found myself in a place of complete overwhelm. My 2 and 3 year old were running rings around me and I felt as though I had no control in my home. Routines were out of the window, my home looked a mess, as did I, and I was barely making it through each day. I did not have joy in my role as a mum, my home was somewhere I did not want to be and I was beginning to dislike my toddler and pre-schooler. How sad is that! In my pursuit of trying to re-gain some order, structure and joy to my life through God’s Word, I came across books and other resources that helped me get out of the rut I was in and they all pointed me back to the Cross. I had NEVER heard of the Gospel being related to motherhood, homemaking or anything else before, except for repentance and Salvation. It amazed me but made so much sense. Being on this journey has not only helped me mother my children for the Glory of God but has also opened my eyes to the glory, beauty, power and fullness of the Gospel and how it impacts every single area of my life. Watch this space as I will be doing reviews on the resources I found and share how they encouraged me in being a Gospel centered mum, and hopefully encourage you too.
I will be sharing the glorious truths of the Gospel I have learnt that don’t remove the challenges I face as a mum, but realign my focus as to what really matters; Who I am raising my children for and the gracious, merciful, loving work that Christ did for me on the cross. Having these truths at the forefront of my mind and the grace of God, enables me to handle the daily grind of being a mum to a teenager, pre-teenager, preschooler, toddler and infant, which can get right down dirty and ugly, in the right attitude for His glory.
I am looking forward to sharing my journey with you and us hopefully growing together in this high calling we have been blessed with. Please do feel free to contact me and/or comment on posts I write, including this one. I would love to hear from you, get to know more about you and your family life, and how you handle your mummy challenges. I am always looking for ways I can better myself. Lets do this beautiful mummies.
Oh, before I go, here are some interesting/silly facts about me.
- I love to drink mocha. I have one every morning to start my day – home made in my nutra bullet.
- My favourite food is dhal puri (roti with split peas) and curry goat – my mum is from Trinidad!! Go small Island people
- I learnt to swim while pregnant with my 5th child – Yaaay me!!
- I love changing my hairstyle often, (as you can probably see from my pictures) and…
- I L.O.V.E. big earrings
Until next time
Yours in Christ