Friday, August 5, 2011

Good Enough

I am daily reminded how inadequate I am as mother...I lose my patience with Jonah at night feedings when he refuses to fall back asleep instead of embracing that time with just him, no Caleb interruptions, I lose my patience with Caleb when he refuses to listen to or me or when he is showing his new found skill--temper tantrums, I let Caleb watch tv -- simply because I am so tired...the list goes on...
BUT - THANK GOD - God does not require or expect perfection...just "good enough." So what do I feel is what God requires of me to be "good enough"?

"Simple"...2 things...

1. Seek Wisdom
"The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down." -Prov 14:1
What does this mean to me? Constantly, throughout the day, I must turn to God for wisdom and guidance - and HE will provide me with the grace necessary to mother well.

2. Love my kiddos
Jesus replied "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. -Matt 22:37-40
"his love expressed through me will cover many parenting mistakes."

So while "good enough" sounds like settling at really isn't. I must acknowledge, and let my kids know that I am not God, and will never be -- all-sufficient, all-knowing, ever-present -- to them.
God has not called me to be perfect. So if I do what is "good enough" for him, its "good enough" for me.


Photos from Jonah's baptism by Matthew:
sorry for the small photos...couldnt get photobucket to work...

LOVING having our cousin back!

Caleb compassionately being Liam's paci


  1. THANK YOU for this reminder...especially after a terrible night. It's so important to be reminded that God is perfection, we are his imperfect instruments! Love you all so much!

  2. Love this! It is so great to know that I am not the only momma out there who struggles and that He doesn't expect me to be perfect. Hope your sweet family is doing good.