Today we start off the Month for Mamas with an encouragement of, “You ARE the mama God handpicked to raise those babies!”
I don’t know about you but there have been many days when I wonder why on earth God trusted me to raise these babies, my now young men. As newborns, they cried more than I thought they should. What did I do wrong? As toddlers they ran and screamed for no reason, they threw balls in the face of others, they spit food out in public. What did I do wrong? I even had a pre-teen purposefully stick a butter knife in an outlet. “How am I going to know if it really shocks you if I don’t experience it myself?” was his rationalization. What did I do wrong? Then as teenagers, they missed curfew. They became college aged kids who partied too much, in this mama’s opinion. What did I do wrong?
Over the years I have answered that question many times. I did a lot wrong and a lot right. Thank God their development is not completely dependent on my human efforts. We will fail. God will not!
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:9-11).
We love our children and want the very best for them. We strive to be the best parent we can yet still fail. There is a gap. We are not perfect. But God is. He is in control. He loves our children way more than we ever could. He also loves you. You were made in his image to glorify him in all you say, do, and are. You are special to him. Mistakes and all. Ask him to guide you in this mothering adventure. Ask him to stand in where you cannot. It’s ok. You are doing a great job. You are the wonderful vessel he chose to create and form those sweet angels he has entrusted to you.
Keep going, in his strength and power. Give yourself a break from seeking perfection. Find peace in Jesus. You ARE the mama God handpicked to raise those babies! Look in the mirror and thank him for who he has created you to be. Their mama, mom bun, yoga pants and all!
What are your struggles in this season of life with your children? What is your prayer for your days of mothering?