It’s funny how in motherhood you find grace for your mother—and yourself. The idea of motherhood, for some, is quite different from the reality. The desire to love whole-heartedly lives in tension with the reality of loving from a heart full of holes. You can’t give what slips through your fingers—and hurt begets hurt, the cycle of pain continues. But if allowed, Jesus fills that girl’s void; supplying grace to love her own children and compassion for a mother who couldn’t give what she didn’t have. He did it for this girl, and He’ll do it for you.
There’s no such thing as a perfect mother, but a mother who knows she’s loved much, loves her children much.
Wow Vanessa, what words of wisdom here! Just wish I had known these things back when I first became a mother. And I think that is often part of the problem in families. They either get little solid teaching on how to parent, or have learned from bad examples. Granted, usually from those who tried to do their best. But as you said, people can’t give what they don’t have. Hope your words encourage many moms out there!
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I hope so too, Sheila. Lord knows I need this encouragement when I screw up. It is comforting to know Jesus is bigger than our shortcomings as mothers and can heal all hearts involved! Thank you for sharing, Sheila. Your perspective always blesses me.