When I wrote out the title of this post and then put the words, “a guest post”, behind it, I laughed out loud, because, yes, this would need to be a guest post if it truly was a post about being perfect. 😉 However, what you are about to read is not really about being perfect, but rather a little dose of encouragement from Jenny at A Mother’s Heritage, fellow blogger and mom of many. Enjoy…
“Are they all yours?” “How do you do it?” We have all heard these words over and over. And the temptation is to put a big smile on our faces and say something, well you know, to say something supermom sounding.
Years ago I could have written a book. “How to be a Godly Wife and Mother, Raising a Large Family.” The bio on the back of my book would have had a picture of perfectly groomed children that never got dirty. Huge smiles on their faces as the looked at their siblings with such love. Oh, yes..they would have all played instruments excellently and been the top in the national home school spelling bee.
That was B.C…before children. The Lord had to bring me low, reveal the pride in my own heart. Empty me of myself and my own expectations. Don’t get me wrong. The Lord has exceedingly blessed my husband and I. He has given us 6 beautiful children (7th due soon!) and a wonderful marriage. He has showered us with His mercies.
But, I have a few secrets to share…shhh.
My children get really dirty.
There are days that I have to ask my children to forgive me for “losing it“.
We are working on how to love our siblings, but there is still so much selfishness that reigns.
I have a huge bag of unmatched socks in my closet.
And my children aren’t in any national spelling bees.
You see, if I could have had that perfect home…where would my need of Him be?
We all feel the pressure, don’t we? Even within the church, we try to hide our weaknesses and somehow feel that to live the Christian life, we must always be “up”. But, is this really what the Lord would have? I used to think the Lord would only be glorified in my large family if people saw that I had it all together. But, I am learning differently.
The Christian walk is a walk of faith. It is the unseen. It is in the tears and the surrender to that hard road ahead that bears the fruit. It is in bearing one another’s burdens that we so fulfill the law of Christ. How can we bear each other’s burdens, if we appear to not have any? So no, I do not have it altogether. And I am not going to pretend that this walk is easy. I am not always “doing it”. I get tired and discouraged. But, I have an all-sufficient God, who calls me to daily look up to Him. Every day, every moment…every second. And it is when I think I am at the end…He is there. This is where His glory lies. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. In what the world sees as the weak and foolish things, He is magnified. So, today sisters, whatever situation you might be facing…let’s seek to LEAN. Not to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps…but to LEAN.
Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? Song of Solomon 8:5
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