Does it ever scare you when you think about how much you love your children? If I were being completely honest, and I strive to be here, I'd have to tell you that my children scare the becheesus out of me. These little slices of my heart are everything I ever wanted and simultaneously my biggest nightmare.
I know that I don't need to be the perfect mom to be the perfect mom for them. It's something I whisper to myself daily. We need to breath that in as mothers, because we pressure ourselves way too much. We heap on the guilt. We side eye ourselves through smudges on our counters and piles of laundry in our rooms. We tell ourselves we aren't enough. We believe Satan's lie and that's what he wants us to do.
satan wants us to feel swallowed by housework.
satan wants us to feel like we are drowning in to do lists.
satan wants us to feel guilt for working outside the home.
satan wants us to resent other mothers for staying home.
satan wants to divide.
and recognizing the LIES are important. But just as important----is refuting them.
I like the Message's translation even better.
So let God work His will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time.
So this week when I feel like a mother failure because my house is never clean I'm gonna yell a big NO and send satan scampering.
and when I feel myself beginning to judge another mother on her style of parenting her children I'm gonna think NO in my head because division is for fifth grade math students.
and! when I feel like I should do laundry I'm gonna HOLLER NOOOOO WAYYYYYYY SATAN!!! Because housework is definitely a lie he tells.
heyyyy......I'm starting to like this. :)
be encouraged this week that you are the perfect parent for your children. God planned it that way.