Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Mother's Guilt

Why do we beat ourselves up as mothers? Why when our kids get sick or hurt or misbehave do we automatically take it on ourselves? Why do we walk in the constant worry of "what if we mess them up?" Tonight as I read my blogging friends blog about a terrible infection that her kids contracted, I just started thinking. Why do we do this to ourselves? Why is it so easy for us to let the devil make us feel like we are at fault? God has so much more for us and I pray that you all will find your strength and comfort in Him.
I am reading a wonderful book called "The Mommy Diaries- finding yourself in the daily adventure" It is a compilation of many mommies out there who share their stories. Here is an excerpt from this book...
"When we are immersed in the preschool years, it can be hard to take a step back and bask in the long-term benefits our hard work promises to reap. As we wipe baby bottoms, kiss boo-boos and explain why the sky is blue for the one hundreth time, we're most likely thinking about what's in the freezer that can pass for a semi-nutritional supper-not about the responsible young women and men we're raising to impact the world for the better.
But setting aside time to gain a new perspective inevitably energizes our efforts and gives us the pat on the back we need to carry on. Such encouragement might come in the form of a heart-to-heart with another mom, a chance to let Dad take care of the kids so we can sit back and watch the fun, or one-on-one time with our children, when we can really take in the little persons they are becoming.
Nobody ever said this journey would be easy, but we can all attest to how much better the descent is once we've caught a glimpse from the summit. In fact, it usually makes us want to being the ascent all over again. That's some view!"
Be encouraged, this journey we are on is challenging, stressful and so hard sometimes, but in the end we are God's hands helping in the shaping of another of His children. Keep your chin up! Don't let the devil steal your joy! We are on God's team, and as we raise these kiddos to love and serve Him, He is walking beside us each step of the way

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