Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Growing...

I've had a lot on my mind lately.

Being a mom of young children is hard.
Most of the time your exhausted.
You feel as though you are being pulled in 5 different directions at once.
You deal with major tantrums and major messes.

But as my children are growing up...
I am starting get a glimpse as to what it will be like to parent older children.
And I see a whole new set of difficulties.
Answering the tough questions.
Training my children in purity and modesty.
Having to let go and let them be independent.
Just to name a few.

I must admit there have been a few times this week I have felt fear creep in.
What if I do something wrong?
What if I am not a good enough example?
What if I don't put enough emphasis on a certain thing?

And then as I began to pray about all these feeling
God helped me realize a few things.

Am I perfect?
No. But He is.

Will my children be sinless little angles?
No. But through the repentance of our sins we grow closer to Him.

Will I fail?
Many times. But I will choose to live by grace and not perfection.

So, while I know I have a few more years to go, I am feeling God's strength to enter this new chapter of life. I am looking forward to the challenges that will come with it because I know He is walking right along with me.

Blessings.

5 comments:

Melissa said...

Those are things I always worry about too. Nice reminder... thanks for that!

Vicki said...

Amanda,
You are doing a great job with your children! We love being around them and interacting with them at church.

Blessings and wisdom to you as you continue to raise them!

Love, Vicki

.merah.celeste. said...

I'm right there with you! That was refreshing to read...thank you for the reminder of living with grace!

All Artful said...

These are things I worry about too...I'm so relieved to read someone else worries about the same things.

I have one added though, I lose my patience: all my life I've prayed for greater patience...I think God gave me children to make me get it...whew, it's a daily test! I'm still grateful. :)
Stephanie @ All Artful

Amber said...

I've been going through these same thoughts lately, friend!!