My Messy Motherhood

Me with my boys when they were 8, 5 and 2

In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to spend a little time sharing a messy motherhood confession or two. It’s sad but true, I’ve not only been involved in some messy marriage moments, but I’ve also made some huge motherhood messes as well.   

  • For starters, I’ve been too protective and even undermined my husband’s authority on occasion.
  • I’ve allowed my nerves to wear too thin and have yelled, even ranted, at my kids from time to time.
  • I’ve expected them to do things my way when their way could work just as well, if not better.
  • I’ve allowed my anger at my hubby to bleed over into my reactions with my boys.
  • I’ve not been there for my boys at times when they needed me.
  • I’ve overreacted to their mistakes and probably have been unfair in disciplining them at times.
  • I’ve let them get away with things when I should’ve held their feet to the fire.

Now, like most good mother’s do, I struggle with guilt over these things and more. Even though that struggle might not ever go away, I try on a daily basis to turn those messes over to God.

And as I lay them at His feet, I find that He is able to transform my heart and redeem the messes I’ve made. In fact, I’m not so sure I’d need God if I was a perfect parent. So, do I dare say it? Let me just say it this way, . . . 

His power is made perfect in my weakness. “Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, . . .”

“For when I am weak, then I am strong!”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)

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