Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Season of Motherhood - Part One

Join me as I start the new season of motherhood! A 5 part series that examines how we, as mothers, can begin to find ourselves, AGAIN!

Part One: Giving Up On Perfection

Why do you call me good? Jesus answered. No one is good—except God alone. 
                                                                                                             Mark 10:18


If you are trying to make a perfect life for your kids you will fail. You can not do it. This was a very hard lesson for me to learn. I wanted a life like in the movies. But, I kept getting let down, so I would work harder at it. Until, I was spiritually awakened one day with a sermon that my pastor preached. He said that perfection was something that only Jesus was able to obtain. We were never going to be perfect, we would fail every time. All we can be is blissfully faithful in the life we have. Perfection does not equal happiness. Strive to make your children live happy lives instead of perfect ones. 

As a mother you have dreams for each one of your children. You want them to succeed at everything they do. You don't want them to be hurt or feel sad for any reason. You are there to protect them and care for them. You want to make their lives perfect. But, I think that some where in the daily mix of life we lose the ability to see that our children's idea of perfect is very different from our's. They don't want to see mommy sad or upset because things are going perfect. They want to see mommy happy, smiling or, in my case, dancing around the house to a Taylor Swift song. We get too busy trying to make it all work that we forget to see that life won't be perfect. Did you spill that bowl of mashed potatoes you were whipping? It's not the end of the world. Did you put all your kids in beautiful church clothes only to have the muddy dog come love on them and leave her mark? Look at it like a great memory the kids will have and not a failure on your part. 

Once you are able to give up on perfection you will be able to see the ability to take time for yourself. Let the hubby watch the kids and go get your nails done. Or go get a latte at Starbucks and take a walk to just think. 

I challenge you to give up on the perfect life and embrace the life you have. You will exhaust yourself trying to make it how you think it should be. Make a life full of happiness and you will find your own brand of perfect!

Join me later this week for Part Two of my series "A New Season of Motherhood" 

Until next time...

Katie B

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