My 35 years of experience has mainly taught me that I don’t know all that much about parenting.
I’m sure this sounds strange. But truthfully I only really know two things about parenting.
On Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest we only see the pretty part of parenting. Where people look like experts, with no real struggles.
The real issues of parenthood press us to the point where we realize we are not qualified for this role in life. Because truthfully we don’t know what the H (heck) we are doing!
If I were to put a Mom resume together, I could list a thousand amazing things and still not be qualified.
So what qualifies us?
Jesus is our resume.
The number one thing I know about parenting is this: I am the most qualified, the most accomplished Mom when I realize how much I need Jesus—when I trust my kids to the work of grace—to the work of the cross.
In situations involving our children, my husband and I can talk, fret and discuss the issue for hours, and we always reach the same conclusion. And this is the second thing I know—that Jesus is enough.
Yes, all my years of parenting humbly bring me to the truth of these two conclusions.
1. Jesus, not my skills or knowledge qualifies me, and you, to be an excellent parent.
2. Jesus fills in every gap, His love, faithfulness, mercy and grace are enough for every parenting situation.
Following are a portion of lyrics from a song I love, titled Touch the Sky, by Hillsong United.
I found my life when
I laid it down.
I touch the sky when
my knees hit the ground.
Treasure these truths…
1. We find life and it’s answers for parenting, and any other situation, as we lay everything down.
2. In Jesus there are no mistakes, His grace causes us to only fall upward.
3. We reach our highest when we bow our lowest.
Please be encouraged to give yourself a break—life is messy. We are all in process. It’s not about getting through life perfectly. It’s about relationship with Jesus—living in His grace and love. He does not expect perfection just submission. And when we realize only He can qualify us—the pressure is off—we find rest and freedom.
Happy Momma’s Day!
Link to the song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1RQciil7B0&sns=em