Because Moms are Amazing

sophia2As moms, we can list a dozen things we think we are doing wrong at any given time. For some reason, it can be harder to notice the ways in which we are amazing. So, this is my Saturday gift to you – you are amazing because…

  1. You don’t mind losing at board games. In fact, you do it on purpose.
  2. You see there are just enough cookies for the kids, so you eat a carrot instead. {Oh, I kid.}
  3. You see there are just enough cookies for the kids, so you make more cookies because you are mom and you always have cookies.
  4. You help little people crawl into your bed in the middle of the night.
  5. You greet the kids in the morning with a smile – even the ones who stole your blankets in the middle of the night.
  6. You know which kids like the strawberry Pop tarts and which ones like the chocolate and you always have both.
  7. You laugh at the punch line of the same jokes over and over. {A horse with a bad dream? Oh, nightmare! hahahaha}
  8. You always have the answer to, “Where is my…?”
  9. Your purse has more things in it than Dora’s backpack.
  10. You just began singing the backpack song from Dora.
  11. You can sleep through kids climbing into your bed, husband snoring and an alarm clock but are instantly awake at the sound of the baby’s cry.
  12. You can do pretty much anything with a child on your lap or a baby on your hip and probably with in the floor
  13. You know where they hide everything when they are supposed to clean their room and, as long as it can’t be seen from the doorway, you. don’t. care.
  14. You are not afraid to show a little crazy if someone messes with your babies.
  15. You know how to read every third page of a children’s book without your kid noticing.
  16. When someone buys your children toys, you know which ones need to disappear. {wink, wink}
  17. You will sing, dance or stand on your head to get a potty training toddler to sit on the potty.
  18. You can settle an argument, plan the week’s meals and shop online for birthday presents all while you are sitting on the potty.

Rock on, fellow mom. You’re amazing!

Insecurity…Don’t pass it on.

Someone asked me the other day if it felt weird to see myself in my daughters…you know, a mini-me following me everywhere I go.  I see it especially with my oldest right now.  She looks just like me.  Her mannerisms are just like mine.  There are parts of her that are clearly me.

She is who she is, partly, because of me.

Sometimes, she’s really bold.  Often, she’s silly.  She’s compassionate and kind.

But lately…I’ve seen something else in her.  I’ve noticed the beginnings of…insecurity.  And I cringe.  Did she get that from me?

I’ve lived a lifetime of insecurity.  Never thinking I was pretty enough, smart enough, funny enough…just never enough.  Of all the things I want to teach my girls – that is not one of them.  So, I am constantly telling them how special they are.  I make sure they hear me say how beautiful they are and how proud I am to be their mother.  I want them to be secure in who they are and in the One who made them – fearfully and wonderfully.

Those little girls – they are watching me.

I want to believe and live for myself the things that I am trying to instill in them.

I am beautiful to Him.

The king is enthralled by your beauty;
honor him, for he is your lord.
– Psalm 45:11

I am loved.

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”
– Jeremiah 31:3

I need to say, So long insecurity, you’ve been a bad, bad friend.

🙂  Stacy

*Re-post from the archives (Happy Friday, friends)

Tending the Flock

I have a to-do list that is a mile long.

I am a busy lady.  And I am constantly feeling pulled in ten different directions.  I am responsible for many things and I desire to do them all well.

But what is most important?

Is it having the laundry completely done at all times?

Is it volunteering for every church need or school function?

Is it being successful at my place of work?

What is most important?

Know well the condition of your flock, and pay attention to your herds… – Proverbs 27:23 HCSB

I love that the word condition here is the Hebrew word for face.  A shepherd can look at a field full of sheep and know which one belongs to his flock.  He has to know well the face of his flock and he needs to pay attention to them.  A shepherd is diligent in his care of the animals entrusted to him.

We are called to know well the condition of our flock.  We can not be too busy for our families.  We need to spend so much time with our children that we can tell by their face that something is not right.

It is not the church’s job to make sure our children know God and His Word.  It is our job.  We need to know well the condition of their spiritual lives.

We need to give attention to our spouses.  Passing in the hallway once in a while is not enough.  We must be intentional in maintaining that relationship.

A successful career, a tidy house and volunteering at church are all fine things.  But, they’re not the most important things.  We need to be diligently tending the flock entrusted to us.  We need to know well the condition of our herd.

Train a child…

Am I doing enough? I ask myself often if I am doing enough when it comes to my children and their spiritual lives.  See, I don’t want them to just go to church.  I don’t want them to just love praise and worship songs.  I want my girls to fall madly in love with Jesus.  So, I’m trying my best to train them.

Train a child in the way he should go… – Proverbs 22:6

But, sometimes, I wonder if I am doing enough.

Then, on a trip to the Y on a Thursday night, I look in the rear view mirror and see this…

She is reading her Bible…the one she keeps in the car in case she wants to read it when she’s riding somewhere.  It blew me away.

The other night, while reading her Bible in bed, she asked if she could have a highlighter.  I asked why and she responded…I just read something that I want to remember.  I would like to highlight it. It was something she had watched her daddy do the day before.

She will often look outside and say…It’s a beautiful day that the Lord has made.  It’s something I would tell the girls often when we were on our way to school in the morning.  All of us would rather have stayed home and played and, so, I would try to be positive.  Now, Emily says it…not to make herself feel better…but just because she believes it to be true.

Am I doing enough?  No.  I am trying to be more intentional and consistent with devotions and prayer.  I need to work more on Scripture memorization. But, God is truly blessing the efforts that my husband and I are making.

Because we have a daughter who is well on her way to being madly in love with Jesus.

And we have one who is glad that God made her so sweet and cute. She’s a humble child.

🙂 Stacy