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Can We Be Honest For A Moment?

It seems to me that we have become programmed to feel as if we are failures if we are not "prefect"!  We have bought into the notion that we must make ourselves prefect in order to get what we want.  The goal is no longer to be normal, to raise normal moral kids, to be happy with life.  

We don't have prefect kids.
We do have faith in Prayer
Let me tell you from experience as a recovering perfectionist there is no prefect!  Still we as moms want to put up that front that our life is prefect.  Our children are prefect.  Our marriage is prefect.  It seems to have become the nature of Mothering: To do the chest thumping of I am better than you are.  When we do that we have no room for the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.  We have no room for compassion.  And compassion for OURSELVES is key to living a spiritually fulfilling life, a spiritually fulfilling mothering.

Ponder this: When we have no compassion for ourselves we then can not move beyond the mistakes, the trails, the challenge we are facing.  We can not give forgiveness.  We can not hope.

Giving up the notion that prefect is the goal will relieve us the burden of being god-like.  We relieve our families from the burden, stress and pressure of never being "good enough".   Compassion is understanding that we are imperfect beings created by a loving God to seek toward bettering ourselves, to try and see ourselves and others as God does, to let go of the hurts of the past, the times we were not our best.

Philippians 3:13
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do:forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead

As mothers the work is hard enough.  For our own spiritual health, emotional health, and physical health we must look at mothering as a way to experience the richness of life, the beauty of being present to others, and the joy of giving.  We can get those spiritual tools and resources to sustain us through the times of sorrow, the times of challenge.  Even in those dark moments of the mothering soul there is great peace, lessons of hope to be gained and support and encouragement from God if we are open to accepting them.  In our everyday life there are those wonderful God moments, those moments that make us cry with joy and relieve when we profoundly feel God's presence working for our behalf.

God wants us to be involved in all Life has to offer and He is here with help and love for each of us as we journey to become the Priest, Prophet and Queen we are to be.

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