I’m Jessie Ereddia -- writer, podcaster, and a mom of two kiddos who love to keep me on my toes!
After becoming a mom and finding myself caught in the whirlwind of diaper changes, nursing, and interrupted sleep, I had no idea of how to connect to God. My routined quiet time was no longer, well… quiet. I struggled to find time to open my Bible, my prayers didn’t come quite as easily, and my fears of failing at being the perfect Christian mom and wife seemed to be coming true. I felt empty and desperate. No matter what changes I made or how hard I worked to take care of myself, I still had days where I felt like I was drowning. Self-care wasn't working because my body and mind didn’t need rejuvenation. It was my soul.
And so my search for soul care began at a park on a brisk day of early Spring with layers of sweaters, a pair of earphones, and a well-bundled baby in a stroller.
Every morning I went. I worshiped in that park. Wept in that park. Prayed fervent prayers in that park. I let this become my personal time with the Lord -- away from the Bible reading plans I could never keep up with, the journals filled with prayers never spoken aloud, and the checklists that only highlighted my failures.
Once I stripped away all of the things I had been using to try to pursue Jesus, prove my worth, and be the best mom, I found that he had been pursuing me all along.
I realized that he was not limited by the constraints of motherhood like I had imagined and that he didn't need to me to work harder, perform, or be perfect. If I would just let him, he would be faithful to meet me where I'm at, even in the middle of the mundane.
This changed everything.
Not only was my faith altered, but so was my outlook and approach towards day-to-day motherhood. I went from despising my lack of control over my day to being able to gladly surrender it. I went from not really seeing God's hand in my life as a stay-at-home mom to being astounded at just how faithfully he shows up. I went from depleted to restored.
As the Lord cared for my soul through these daily encounters with him, I felt more and more empowered to walk in his freedom. I was free to enjoy my marriage without the expectation of my husband meeting my every need. I was free to love and serve my little one without getting a "thank you" or sign of appreciation in return. I was free to cast vision, think creatively, and feel divine purpose, though to the world, I was still just a new mom.
This is what soul care is all about: enjoying the freedom of the Lord as you learn to be filled by his tender, loving care every single day.
Being emboldened to live a life of sacrifice and worship because you no longer feel the need to chase after anything else. Taking him up on all that he has to offer, every promise in Scripture, including his promise to give our souls rest.
Because as we care for our little ones, our souls need care, too!
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28-29, emphasis mine).
This is my love and longing for every new mom, and it was with this love and longing that Soul Care for the New Mom was created. I knew that if I could be freed from the never-ending striving and experience God's presence and goodness in my everyday motherhood, then so could others.
Whether at the keyboard or behind the mic, my goal at Soul Care for the New Mom is simple: for you to be encouraged in your faith and equipped for motherhood as you are reminded of the Lord’s love and the beauty of the Gospel.
I know what it’s like to need a little soul care after tending to a sweet baby all day. I’m still in the thick of this new mama business with you. So how about we learn, pray, grow, and lean into Jesus together? After all, we were never meant to do this alone.
Oh, and one more thing: You’re doing a great job, mama! And the Lord sees it, too.
teaching busy moms like me how they can get and STAY in the Word
giving moms the tools and eyes to see the Lord in their day to day motherhood
sharing my story of overcoming perfectionism and how I choose to walk in the GRACE and VICTORY of Jesus
giving the real inside scoop on what it’s like to have two littles just nineteen months apart and all the ways I’m learning to keep my sanity
fostering community and authentic relationships
helping moms break free from stress
chasing after my God-given dreams and cheering other women on as they do the same!
You can find me making memories with my husband Grant and our two girls, Tessa and James, in our little three-bedroom home just outside of Atlanta.
My husband Grant has worked the night shift for the majority of our marriage, and I’m not going to lie… I definitely love having the bed to myself!
Both of our girls’ births were unmedicated, natural births, and our Jamie was actually born at home! You can read her homebirth story on the blog.
As a 4 on the Enneagram, I’ve got a heart full of feeling and a passion for living out God’s unique calling for my life.
I’ve been a podcaster since September 2017 and I am LOVING it! Exploring this new creative medium through the Soul Care for the New Mom podcast has made sharing my story and ministering to women all the more exciting!