As moms, we can aspire to greatness:
- to feed our children healthy food that they will actually eat — without complaint
- to provide cultural, athletic, and literary experiences that they will enjoy
- to provide a clean and tidy home where it is their joy to clean up after themselves
- to teach our children to love one another, never to argue in an unkind way
- to be that sweet nurturer, always with a soft answer, whom they desire to confide in
I don’t know about you, but I don’t live there. My life is full of messes, stains, less than kind words, and dinners that are absolute train wrecks.
I lay in bed at night reviewing all the ways I’ve failed as a mother, how wretched and weedy my garden growns.
I was too harsh when….
I should have….
I missed saying goodnight to….
It’s so hard to fight Discouragement in the watches of the night when I’m tired and Perspective has ceased to keep me company.
Somehow a new morning and the bright sunshine can change my perspective. I see the uniqueness of our family. I see how much one child has grown in his struggles for self-control. I hear a son complement and encourage another one. I hear a nine-year old say to his big brother, “You need to be more confident, because you’re pretty awesome.”
In those moments, sunshine sparkles on the dew of a jumbled, but prettyish garden.
Will I focus on the weeds and berate myself for letting them grow? Or will I admire the beautiful blossoms already growing in my garden and praise God for them?
Will I pine away for what might be? Or will I enjoy what is already?
Today I’m choosing to be thankful, and embrace the beauty that’s in my garden — today.
How ’bout you?
How are you thankful for what’s growing in your garden?