Monday, October 27, 2014

I Know You, Mom.

I know you, mom.
I know you feel like you are never enough.
I know you feel like you never hit the mark.
I know you because I know me.

There are no forms or formulas. 
No legitimate handbooks for the myriad of scenarios you face. 
Just you, feeling around in the dark, hoping that you don't break your neck or strangle somebody else's on any given day dealing with cranky little ones to mouthy bigger ones. 

I know you, mom.

I know you wake up each morning searching for how you can do it all with excellence, and then lie down each night only able to see where you did not.
I know you want to sear moments into your mind, into the mind of your child, but fear that you're both only going to remember all the wrong ones.

I know you go to work and feel like you've handed your heart over to the world.
I know you stay at home and feel like you are handing your children a worn out, used up version of the person you long to be.
I know you stand peering into their grown up lives, wanting to hand them nuggets of wisdom that they don't think they need.

I know you, mom.

I know you never stop worrying about what you haven't done and never stop wishing you could undo some of what you have.
I know you sit in the middle of the longest of days and wonder how you can do this.
I know you think about the short time you have left with them close by and try to find a way to breathe through the panic.
I know you sit lonely and worry and pray for the choices they are now making for themselves.

I know you, mom.

I know you are covered in baby food and Cheerios hoping for a shower this week.
I know you are surrounded by a Lego minefield wondering if your house will ever be clean again.
I know you are confined to your van taxi on countless afternoons.
I know you are waiting on the phone call from the kid who was supposed to call when they got there.
I know you are cooking meals and offering to babysit, because no matter where they are in life, your heart is never uninvolved. 

I know you, mom.

I know you love.
I know you dream. 
I know you hope.
I know you expect.

But I also know you hurt.
I know you despair.
I know you worry.
I know you ache.
I know you break.

But those shattered pieces? 
You are not the glue that holds it all together.
It is the Grace of Jesus.

In every place, mom, He knows you.
In every place, mom, He equips you.
In every place, mom, He empowers you.
In every place, mom, He is WITH you.

Wherever you are, when you want to be precisely what your child needs, press into the heart of the Father.
It isn't your perfection they's your pursuit of Jesus.

So keep showing them.
Show them real.
Show them love.
Show them forgiveness.
Show them grace.

Show them, mom.

Laugh at your crazy and you won't lose it at theirs.
Unashamedly make time to breathe, so you can find peace in the pieces.
Respond to mama guilt by choosing to give thanks.
Quiet regret with small intentional moments today.

Live your days, mom.

Live your days with praise that you had breath to do it, and His ever-present grace to flood where you were less than.
Because HE is greater than. 
He is greater than your biggest fear, mom.
Even in that panic thought that rises in the night, He is greater than.
Live your days with His greater than, mom.

I know you.
I know you are thinking it would be nice.
I know you are thinking you can't.
I know you are inspired but feel inadequate.
I know you, mom.

But I know Him.
I know He says He will make your strength perfect. (Psalm 18:32)
I know He says He will be faithful to do what He has called you to.(1 Thessalonians 5:24)
I know He says nothing is impossible with Him.(Luke 1:37)
I know Him, mom.

And He knows you.

"For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)

I know you, mom.

I know you are chosen, beautifully broken, with power to shape the next generation and courage to do it with grace.
And I know you will.

Take heart, mom. 
I know you: 
YOU are a world changer powered by Grace.


  1. Thank you, you do not know how much I needed this today!

    1. So glad God used it to encourage you! Everyday...His whispers of love for you never fail! :)

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement! :) Praying you feel His love in a tangible way today!