It's Mother's Day this weekend, a day to celebrate mothers. But let's just be honest, there are days when I feel like anything BUT a good mother.
When I look around me and see what my mom-friends' kids are doing and what mine aren't, I get discouraged.
When I get on Pinterest and see all the great ideas that I have pinned and never accomplished, I get depressed again.
When I'm proactive with my family's health but yet I'm in and out of the doctor's office and hospital, I doubt myself.
When my kids say the wrong things at the wrong times, it shames me and I chalk it up to "Worst Mom of the Year".
When I fail, I take it hard. Let's admit it, moms, we all have these days. ...but I can tell you something. I am NOT a failure and Mommy-friend, YOU ARE NOT A FAILURE.
God gave us these precious babies for a reason--to grow US and to help them learn to love Him. Our kids are NOT always going to make the right decisions for they have a free will.
We as moms are not always going to make the right decisions, but we can confess it to the Lord, ask Him to help us learn, and move on.
Don't look to the world for your praise. Their standards are not Biblical nor attainable. Look to God first and then your family.
Proverbs 31 "Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her..."
When my babies give me love and smiles, it's encouraging to know that I am must be doing something right. When my husband tells me I'm doing a good job, it fires me up to keep on going. That is ALL I really need. That is ALL I should look for. I do this first and foremost because I love God and, then, because I love my family.
"...Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."
Mommyhood is not impossible-- it's simply fearing the Lord and letting Him lead you in decisions regarding your family. It is attainable and we were made to do this. Don't give up, mommy! - From one mommy heart to another. xoxo