Stopping & Starting

Giving up my list meant stopping.

1. I stopped buying craft supplies that I never use, that make me feel craft challenged and guilty.

2. I stopped trying to be the scrapbooking mommy that I could never be.

I started doing what felt natural to me — activities with my kids that gave me joy and incorporating time for myself that gave me peace. I started taking my first steps to mothering without a list. I was on my way to mothering by faith.

Mothering By Faith

When I let go of my expectations — and others’ of me — I realize that giving myself permission to be me at mothering is actually an act of faith.

When joy and peace guide me in my mothering, my heart is set free to enjoy my family. It takes faith to keep walking in that direction, even when we fall short and feel like we are failing.

The rewards of trusting God in us is the joy of knowing we are enough.

I am working on a new list now. I call it the How I Enjoy Mothering List. Maybe I’ll show it to you sometime.

For now, I say burn that Perfect Mother List.

They say you only get one chance at parenting. I say, let’s take our one chance with God’s grace first on the list.

Now, I load up the boys and let them run around the park, while I sit on the bench and eat grapes and goldfish.

“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.” ~ Galatians 5:1

Bonnie GrayThe Faith Barista, serves up shots of faith for everyday life. Pull up a chair. Click to share a comment or subscribe by email.