~ Mom, we’re out of milk again.
~ Did you have time to wash my shirt?
~ Hey mom, you forgot to order the school lunch today and now I’m starving.
~ Where are you? I’m still waiting for you to pick me up.
~ That’s not the kind of pencil I like. Can you return them?
~ When do you think you’ll cook dinner again?
Yep… I’ve heard all of these, plus a million more like them. And every time I do, that tangle of guilt tightens –> the one that says, “I’m not a good mom – and here are all the reasons why.”
Truth is, I can’t be all things to my people.
And as much as I want to be… as much as I want to make their life easier… as much as I’d like to meet all their expectations and needs…
… I just can’t.
I never will.
Because I am imperfect. Shocker.
And friend, you are too.
We may have great intentions… We might have a heart trained on our kids… We may hope they look back on their childhood with fond memories…
… but we are mere mortals.
And we’ll forget to move the wet clothes into the dryer. We will return from the store without Cinnamon Toast Crunch. We’ll forget what time to pick up the kids.
We will say the wrong thing, joke when it’s not appropriate, and accidentally burn the sausage.
We might yell at the kids, give them the mad-mommy-stare, and struggle to forgive-and-forget their rude comment.
But knowing all of that, God chose you to be their mom anyway.
Because you have exactly what they need.
You’re the perfect imperfect mom for your kids.
So we will do the best we can. We’ll give ourselves grace for being human. And we’ll ask God to untangle the guilt that keeps us knotted up, certain we’re screwing up our kids.
We’ll trust that God knows what He is doing.
And we’ll believe that in His infinite wisdom, He chose us to be their mom on purpose.
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