1. I Don’t Have What it Takes to Be a Good Mom
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That’s because no one told us what “it” is. Is it possessing endless energy? A degree in motherhood? Years of experience? Or an online course in “great moms 101?”
None are available. That means all of us moms start in the same place--knowing nearly nothing about raising those little ones.
We apply the lessons we learned from our own moms. Some work, others don’t. But we try to persevere by tackling one more day of spilled milk, wet diapers, sibling wars, or teenage moods. At the end of the day, our energy is gone, but what remains are the nagging thoughts, “did I do it right? Did I do enough?
Rachel asked herself those questions, until one day, she changed.
“I realize sometimes I don’t have what it takes to be a good mom,” she said, “that’s why I’m desperate for God’s wisdom to help me. So, I ask Him every morning when I wake up to give me His wisdom to face the day.”
Can she count on God’s wisdom? Here’s His answer:
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6
In our role as moms, we may think we don’t have what it takes, but we can take what God offers, not in small amounts but in generous portions. We take His direction, His counsel, His guidance and power.
And when we’re frazzled in those hectic moments, thinking we don’t have what it takes, Jesus says: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:29-30).
When a wise mom learns from Jesus, receives His invitation, she finds rest. Her load becomes easier. Her thoughts are clearer and when most moms are struggling in the battlefield of emotions, she lives in victorious freedom.
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