Saturday, May 10, 2014

Dear Mothers



Dear mothers of young ones, 
and mothers of older ones ...


Are you a weary mother - weary and fragmented not only physically,
but also, often - emotionally?

Are you hard on yourself as a mother,
often and always, thinking that your efforts are not enough?

Are you hard on yourself as a young mom;
are there tears of regret at the end of the day?

Are you hard on yourself as an older mom;
are there tears of regret at the end of their childhood days?

Do you read books on mothering, blog posts on mothering -
always searching for ways to perfect your mothering?

Do you really believe that this mothering thing is all up to you?

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Could it be that God has given us the role of mothering,
this all-consuming, 24/7 role of mothering ... 
to reveal our weaknesses, and our inadequacies. 
To show us how helpless we really are. 

For as our inadequacies and weaknesses 
are revealed in the dailyness of mothering, 
we discover in a new way how needy we are. 
Of how we need Him.

As mothers, it is right and good to do our best; 
we do not purposefully neglect or ignore 
the loving and the caring for our children. 
We give our best efforts, day in and day out. 
We love our kids, and we want the best for them, 
so we give our best.

The reality is that our best is not perfect

For God is perfect, and we are not. 
We are the clay, and He is the Potter. 
We are the created; He is the Creator. 
He is God; we are not.

But we will continue to give our best - 
by the power and the help of His Spirit within - 
and we will trust God to mold and make our children 
into His beautiful masterpieces. 
Making vessels of honor out of imperfection. 
Just as He is in the process of doing in us.

We will trust Him with our children,
as we trust Him with ourselves.

Not of our own work, lest we should boast. 
But by His grace, mercy, and love.




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7 comments:

  1. "But we will continue to give our best -
    by the power and the help of His Spirit within -
    and we will trust God to mold and make our children
    into His beautiful masterpieces."
    Amen. It's so comforting to know it's in His powerful Hands, not our imperfect ones. Thank you, Cherry, and Happy Mother's Day to you, too. :)

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    1. Thanks, Trudy! You said it well ... "comforting to know it's in His powerful Hands, not our imperfect ones."

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  2. I know too often I put too much pressure on my ability as their mother instead of God's power as their Creator. Even in the empty nest stage, I have to remind myself that not me, but God was, is, and will be sufficient for all my children's needs. Thanks for this reminder, Cherry. Always needed.

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    1. I agree, Lisa ... we need these reminders often, don't we? Even in these "empty nest" years. Hope your Mother's Day was special!

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  3. Comforting and timely post for me. It is good to know it's all in His Hands. Felt so inadequate today. Thank you. God bless you abundantly.

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    1. Thanks for your visit, Sita ... we need to remind ourselves of these words often, don't we? May God surround you (and all of us as moms) with His love and care as we mother.

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    2. Cherry, just realized I commented while signed on to a blog I did for my son. Re-signing as 'myself.' :)

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