Today, I am feeling a bit beaten up and distressed because I felt such a failure being a mother to my two teenage boys. I feel like I’ve done everything I could to raise them to be with integrity, loving, gentle, forgiving, and above all God-fearing boys but to no avail. Of course that is coupled with prayers for God’s guidance and wisdom. I needed to take a deep breath and pause so I’d stop beating myself up for being not perfect as a parent (**sigh**) and for not seeing my boys perfectly living in a way I have hoped they’d live.
As I scanned through my planner and went through the bible after crying out to God, I felt the Holy Spirit’s guidance and God’s message for me today is clear. I realized that both me and my children are God’s work in progress. I need not beat myself up for my boys’ failures and shortcomings and realize that they are still young, they have a looooong way to go and need more guidance and love in this world we brought them into. They too have their struggles and as their mom, I am supposed to be here to address those and assure them of my unconditional love so they too will be capable of giving that kind of love in ALL of their dealings, moreso when it’s their time to lead their own homes.
Today’s positive quote empowered me to go the extra mile in raising my boys. “All the sacrifices of a Godly mother are paid in full when she sees all her children serve the Lord.” It is truly my prayer for my boys to be so in love with Jesus Christ and be the kind of men someday that God always wanted them to be. I know there will be a lot of challenges along the way, but I know also that God is on my side in raising them. He has perfect plans for them and I need not to worry because our God is amazing, loving and good.
These videos came along my facebook feeds also today and they inspired me to be a better mom/person while I push through life.
As parents, our time with out children is limited so let’s do everything we can to create memories with them — pleasant memories that when they look back, they will see our love and sacrifices for them beyond our imperfections as parents.
While this motivational video is not really for parenting, I am sharing this also because this helped me stay focused on my personal goals as a person. The better I feel about myself, the better I can be as a Mom to my boys.