May 7, 2015

Being a Mom

Eve was a mother. I’ll bet mothering has changed a whole lot since her day. There couldn’t have been the same concerns with keeping a child safe and guiding them through childhood that we face today. After all, she didn’t need to worry about keeping her boys safe from electrical outlets, cleaning products under the kitchen sink, child predators, smoking, drugs or dating. Yet in seeing how the story played out, she must have had some doubts, fears, frustrations and serious disappointments of her own.

When I’ve experienced “juice box wishes and Cheerios dreams”, mothering has been a joy. It’s been fun, exciting, and completely fulfilling. There’ve been times and memories so wonderful that I wouldn’t trade them for anything. But honestly there have been bouts of fear and frustration too. I guess that was to be expected along the journey of raising a child from weak and fully dependent to strong and entirely self-sufficient (no easy task). But, probably like you, I set out with high hopes of being the “perfect mom” along the way.

And now, 30 years later – how has that turned out? Well, “I should have done more”. “I should have done less”. “I should have done it differently”. Does that sound familiar? My mothering has not been perfect, and sometimes I’ve felt like a failure. If the “Mom Scorecard” was left to my efforts, I’d probably be in trouble. But the good news is that I’m not left to my own efforts! Every step of the way God has and continues to take my effort and infuse it with his power.

With God’s help we are not alone in our mothering. He renews our strength when we are weak. He offers us wisdom when we are clueless. He builds up our energy when we are exhausted. And maybe most importantly, he blesses us with HOPE when we feel hopeless.

Julie Baum


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