A Mother’s Day Confession

This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the US. I didn’t realize it until I did a little research, but in most countries Mother’s Day is observed, although the holiday has different meanings and is celebrated on different dates.
I even discovered that in some countries, it is offensive not to mark Mother’s Day. In others it is a little-known festival sometimes only covered by the media to share with the audience the culture from another country.
On Sunday, I will be “celebrating” the mom(s) in our family and thanking God that we have a great heritage of godly women who have passed along the faith to those after them.

Today, though, I wanted to acknowledge my children . . . after all, they made me a Mom. I have recently had the opportunity to talk at length with each of my daughters. We talked about different things, but we all share the desire for God to be glorified in us. Daily I watch my son live out his faith in selfless, loving ways. I am so blessed!
Admittedly, I wouldn’t be able to say with all honesty that I have loved being a mom every moment of every day. I mean, some days I wished for no kids to be around . . . I got annoyed with arguing, complaining, whining. My kids were most certainly not perfect. 🙂 And I chose to be a certain kind of mother. That is, I set up certain rules, I disciplined and cared for my children in my own way, and I had my ideas of how to best parent them. But the reality is that my kids have all made their own choices to become who they are today. While I wish I could take credit, I realize that much of who they have become has had little to do with me. Really.

I am a mom with many faults. I failed many times at “good mothering.” So today I am acknowledging that as I look at my children’s lives, I am mostly humbled and amazed . . . because despite my failures, He Who began a good work in them is faithfully completing it. When someone praises one of our children, I am not trying to sound humble when I don’t take much credit. I would be dishonest to do so. The credit belongs elsewhere! I haven’t prayed like I should, I have given bad advice, I have lacked grace, I have been a bad example, etc.

God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

I look forward to the upcoming special day to appreciate moms. But today I am basking in the sweet sound of God’s amazing grace in my life. I am thankful that one of the ways He pours His love out on me is through my friendships with my children. They teach me and inspire me. They make me look better than I really am. 
And God is able to make all grace overflow to you so that because you have enough of everything in every way at all times, you will overflow in every good work. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 

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