I’ve got my feet propped up while reading a book my husband gave me for Mother’s Day entitled, Am I Messing Up My Kids…and Other Questions Every Mom Asks by Lysa TerKeurst. He assured me there’s no hidden meaning to his gift.
This author has 5 kids. Five! Sometimes I feel as though I can barely handle the one God has given me. With all of her experience raising 5 kids, she has some pearls of wisdom to share with us. As I delve in, I noted one particular point I wanted to share with you; it rang so true with me.
“I have been called to die to the selfishness that characterized my life before kids. Life was about me back then. My schedule, my needs, my wants, my time, my money, my desires, my dreams, and my plans dictated how I spent my life. But that is not what God wanted for me. He wanted my life to be about Him and His plans for me.”
WHOA! There, in the black and white of those words, I saw myself: Selfish. I admit it’s not a huge revelation. I suppose I didn’t recognize selfishness as being the root of my short temper and frustration in dealing with my toddler. While it may make sense why I may react this way, I know it’s not God-honoring.
I’m grateful for this book, full of truth and encouragement, to shed light on areas that I need God to help me with so that I can be the best Mom He’s called me to be. I’m thankful to be a work in progress. So often I feel way, way, way off the mark. I’m so glad God doesn’t demand perfection; none of us would make it! It takes a willing heart and spirit to seek God’s ways, always and only with His help.
Psalm 101:2 “I will behave myself wisely and give heed to the blameless way–O when will You come to me? I will walk within my house in integrity and with a blameless heart.” (AMP)
Matthew 12:34 “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” (NIV)