As a millennial woman wearing multiple hats - a mom, wife, doctoral student, business owner, and caregiver for a child with complex needs - my life is a complex jigsaw puzzle of responsibilities and emotions. In this whirlwind, prayer has become my sanctuary, a source of strength and balance. I want to share how this powerful practice has helped me navigate each aspect of my life with grace and resilience.
Motherhood has been a beautiful and overwhelming journey. When fatigue sets in or I'm grappling with parenting decisions, I turn to prayer. It centers me, providing patience and wisdom to handle the delicate nuances of raising my children. Prayer reminds me that I'm not alone in this journey, offering a sense of peace amidst the chaos of daily life.
As a wife, maintaining a strong, healthy relationship with my spouse amidst our busy lives can be challenging. Staying close to God helps me cultivate patience, understanding, and empathy. It's a time when I can reflect on our relationship, express gratitude for our bond, and seek guidance in being a supportive partner.
In the midst of all of this, I chose to get a doctorate. Prayer has been my anchor. It clears my mind, helping me focus and maintain perspective. When I'm overwhelmed with research, deadlines, and the pressure to excel, a moment of prayer recharges my spirit and refocuses my purpose.
Perhaps the most challenging yet rewarding role I have is caring for my child with complex needs. Prayer gives me strength and patience, allowing me to be the best caregiver I can be while balancing the needs of my other son. It's a source of comfort and hope, reminding me of the joy and love that comes from this special bond.
In each of these roles, prayer has been my unwavering source of strength, clarity, and peace. It helps me juggle the myriad of responsibilities with a sense of calm and purpose. Through prayer, I've found a deeper understanding of myself and my life's journey. For other women who might be in similar situations, I encourage you to explore the power of prayer. It can be transformative, providing solace, strength, and guidance through life's complex challenges.
Issata Oluwadare is a dynamic leader and innovative systems thinker with fifteen years of leadership experience in the private and non-profit sectors. She is also a content creator, four-time #1 best-selling author, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, certified life coach & consultant for women in leadership and business, and the founder of The EZ Breezy Life. Issata is happily married with two children. Deeply rooted in Christ, she believes in transforming the lives of imperfect women through the grace of a perfect God. She is also the founder of The EZ Breezy Life, Manny's Village, and Issata O. Inc. Learn more about Issata O. by visiting www.issatao.com.