Behold children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3
Each Thursday, one of our writers from Team Hope will write a letter to a weary mom—an encouragement—and post it here on the blog. At the end of the post, we’ll invite you to join us by writing your own “Dear Weary Mom,” post and linking it up. Hooking up with–Dear Weary Mom,
Dear Weary Mom,
Our children, gifts from the Lord, are very precious to us. Before they ever arrive we begin dreaming about motherhood. We aspire to do everything right–no mistakes. We have a picture, an ideal if you will, of the perfect mother and we plan to be her.
Our children will be immaculately dressed (matching shoes), perfectly groomed (matching hats and hair bows), and never with a spot or stain. They will always be well behaved, but if they should ever become a little unruly, we will calmly correct them. They will always willingly share their toys with friends and siblings and when they are finished playing, they will promptly put them away.
Our children will never eat junk food, only fruits and vegetables and all things healthy. They will finish everything on their plates, without complaint and when they are finished volunteer to do the dishes.
Their rooms will always be tidy–beds made, clothes put away, and toys neatly tucked away in colorful bins. The rest of the house will be just as neat and clean perhaps looking like the cover of Better Homes and Gardens. We will plant flower beds around the house and not a weed will be found.
We will keep up with the latest fashions and hairstyles. Put on our Esty apron, cook every meal from scratch, and pull out the China, silver, and clothe napkins for dinner every night. Never, ever, forget to meet our husbands at the door.
We are also taxi-driver, nurse, social coordinator, teacher, party planner, craft director, banker, house cleaner and Prayer Warrior. And we do all the above without breaking a sweat.
Sweet mama, sometimes we are our own worst enemy. We often lay way to many burdens upon our backs and we believe the lie that if we don’t do all things perfectly we have failed. Sometimes our expectations are set a little to high. Yes, we need to strive for excellence, but too, we need to remember to give ourselves grace. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29
I leave you with this verse, sweet mama. Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16a
Count blessings, Kasey