Yesterday I heard someone talk about what moms really need, and while he said some good things about respect and rest and appreciation, I felt I should add a few things of my own.
In Ephesians 4, Paul writes, “ Be kind and compassionate, forgiving one another as Christ forgave you.”
As a mom, I need forgiveness.
You see, no mom has ever wanted or loved her children more than I have.
I have been a mom who sang, played, baked, made crafts, and read a million books.
Those were good days.
Then there were the other days,
the days I was (am) a selfish mom, a yelling mom, an angry mom, a disappointed mom, an embarrassed (and embarrassing) mom.
One thing I need is forgiveness.
I need to show my children grace, and I need the same from them, and my husband, and probably countless other people who’ve encountered those sides of me.
I am an imperfect mom, but I am also a mom who
has stretched out on the floor beside my babies’ cribs and my teenagers’ beds and in my living room and cried out to the Living God of love and mercy to teach my girls to love Him with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
I’ve begged Him to fill in all the places I’m lacking, to be the Perfect Parent in their lives, to teach and protect them, and to lavish His grace on them.
Anything I’ve done right as a parent goes back to those moments.
So the other thing moms need is time in the Word,
time with the Lord,
moments of refreshment in His presence.
Moms need husbands that support that.
So while we need kindness and help with laundry and maybe a word of appreciation,
what we really need most is Jesus.