Saturday, January 31, 2009

Encouragement - a non-tutorial on motherhood

I read this tonight and it brought tears to my eyes. Oh my goodness, how I can relate to that! Frustrations with little ones handled poorly, mere things seemingly valued over people, the horrible guilt I feel when I've blown an opportunity to respond the way I know the Lord would want me to....

Yet, there is forgiveness with Him - and for some reason, He wants to use a heart like mine to reach little tender ones... oh, Lord, forgive...

My failure to be true even to my own accepted standards:

My self-deception in face of temptation:

My choosing of the worse when I know the better: O Lord, forgive.

I appreciated these emails that the writer received after her post - an encouragement, for sure.


Anonymous said...

I felt that way so many times. But the bottom line is: God choose me to be their mother and no one loved them more than I did.
I can tell how much you love your kids and they are nice little boys.

bandanachick said...

Oh, how I needed to read this today. It brought more than tears to my eyes. I am so thankful for the Lord's forgiveness, and grateful that my little boy doesn't have a very long memory.
Thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that made me cry too. I could hardly finish reading it- my eyes were so blurry. For sure, there were times I reacted poorly when you and your siblings were growing up. But, as Jackie said, no one loved you more than I did (except God).
The neatest part in the story is when the mother tells her child that she was wrong and shouldn't have reacted that way. That is what God wants from us. He doesn't expect us to be perfect all the time. He just wants us to admit our wrong. I think her child learned a valuable lesson right then. Love you, Mom

Jessie said...

Thanks for the link Rachel-I have been feeling this way all last week and seeping into this one. It is a lovely reminder.