I don’t think there is a mom in history who hasn’t faced discouragement on some level.
But it seems that this generation of moms faces it on a specific level. This is the information age, and when it comes to motherhood I would argue that at times we have too much information.
While it can be helpful to recognize early signs and symptoms we should be watching out for, there are times when the barrage of information we are hit with on a daily basis is far too much to handle.
Sure, we aren’t waging the mommy wars like we were 5-6 years ago. Forums are so 2007, but blogs seem to be the new passive aggressive away some have chosen to wage war with their fellow mommies.
With titles like:
5 Ways You’re Making Your Kid Want to Rebel
10 Things You Do To Make Your Kid Not Want to Eat Dinner
8 Reasons Why Moms Should Never Yell At Their Kids
We are left feeling discouraged at this wonderful, amazing and exhausting role called motherhood. We try so hard to be the perfect mom: always at ease, never ruffled and certainly never raising our voice.
But it seems that when we finally drag ourselves to bed at night we are checking off yet another day we failed.
We made our kid rebel…again (at least according to that post we found on Pinterest…nevermind that the Bible says that foolishness is bound in the heart of a child)
We made our kid not want to eat dinner….again (albeit we are still uncertain as to what we did wrong because we’ve yet to find what it is that will make him want to eat dinner)
and we yelled….again.
And we’re already researching shrinks for our kid, because with all this failure he’s sure to be a completely messed up adult.
May I share with you something my mom once told me before I had kids? This has stuck with me all these years, because it is the balm to my soul when I’m discouraged with the millions of ways I’ve failed my kids in these 6 1/2 short years of motherhood.
She said to me, “Parents do the best the know how, and then they must trust the grace of God to fill in the cracks.”
Thank you God for your grace!
As Mother’s day approaches, I felt that in the midst of all this pressure we feel from the flood of information on the Internet, added to the immense pressure we put on ourselves already, we need the balm of God’s Word to soothe and encourage our souls.
That is why for the month of May I have found 30 Bible verses to encourage mothers. In this new 30 Day Prayer Challenge you will find a verse or passage of encouragement for each day, space to write down what God spoke to you through that verse or passage and then space to write down a prayer.
This prayer challenge is free. So be sure to grab one for you and your mom!
You can find the 30 Day Prayer Challenge by signing up for my blog posts here.
May you find encouragement and strength through God’s Word for this most important ministry we have been entrusted with: the inheritance of the Lord – our children!