Each Flawed Day {No More SuperMama}

Someone told me recently that my children see everything I do and learn about the Christian life from me.

Did I not know this?

Too well, yet the words floored me. The notion itself sunk sharp teeth into my heart as though it were the first time the thought had ever entered my mind. But this time, it hadn’t just entered my mind, it had entered the blood in my veins and was coursing like a viral enemy through my bloodstream, chipping away parts of my heart until I feared there would be nothing left.

Everything I do.

Everything I say.

Words. Actions. Behaviours. Everything?

But every day is so flawed! my heart cried.

Every day is full of mistakes and muddles, and problems, and sighs.

Each day there are godless moments…moments that are sparked by anger and driven by fear. Moments when I cave, retreat, backfire.

What can they learn from me?

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

But my heart groans, and I search Pinterest for more pins. How can I be better? How can I input more? How can I fill their small lives so that the rot is veiled and the right seeds grow?

Pin, pin, pin, pin, pin.

But then. Here comes another flawed day. I have no time to make salt dough or coloured rice. The printer is out of ink, the printable won’t print. The flaws grow, the frustration flourishes. What can they ever learn from me?

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

They sleep and I sigh as the day’s glitches dance around me. How can I be better? How can I improve? How can I mend the rips and shreds of the day into a beautiful quilt? I search again and I Google and Click and Read and Google and Click and Read.

And then the next morning brings a blunder and a word sharply spoken. They can never learn from me!

And I forget the thousand moments of love and peace. And the kisses and hugs. And the deep sigh of contentment when we hold each other as we read bedtime stories.

But still he says to me: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

And while my mind buzzes loud, deep into the night – what can they learn about You, Lord, from me? From each flawed day?

And His word says: They can learn everything they need.

They can learn that He came down to earth and hung on a tree for me. And them.

They can learn that each flawed day is not filled with flaws, it is only emptied for grace.

They can learn that they don’t have a SuperMama. They have a mother, a sinner, saved by grace. Who is walking this walk with Jesus holding her up, lighting her way, bringing her peace.

They can learn that they don’t even need a SuperMama. They need Jesus. Who surpasses, exceeds, outclasses any Super Hero they could ever dream of. Who has removed each flaw from each day as far as the east is from the west – who says to all of us: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

We’ll enjoy our pins and printables in their right times, for the right reasons and the right ways.

We’ll go to Google when we need a recipe or a map.

And in and through each flawed day, we’ll put SuperMama away, and look for Jesus.

Because his grace is sufficient for us.

2 Corinthians (3)

 

 

 

Grace and Love

Helen x

 

 

Linked up with www.w2wministries.org/ , whatjoyismine.net

 

Comments

  1. Oh, written so perfectly. Thank you for this ❤

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  2. Yes, yes, yes! Putting supermama away and look for Jesus! How this mama needed that!

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  3. I’ve been a mama for quite some time now (almost a quarter of a century) and I needed this reminder too. Thanks for so eloquently sharing your heart with us and for sharing your post at Coffee and Conversation this week.
    ~Candy
    http://momsmorningcoffee.com

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  4. Dianne Thornton says:

    I’ll never forget the day I saw myself in my son. That is — my anger — in my son. I stopped cold. Only the grace of Jesus shows them Jesus. Beautiful post.

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  5. elizabethfstewart says:

    I so often prayed over my parenting, “God please cover my mistakes with Your grace!” My girls turned out great, so I’m sure that God heard and answered my prayer.

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  6. Kathryn Shirey says:

    Just what I needed to see after a flawed day.

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  7. So beautiful – I love your words woven with truth and hope! Thank you for the reminder to see my days not filled with flaws but emptied for His grace. It’s a powerful perspective. Glad to find you through Inspire Me Monday 🙂
    Gratefully,
    Renee

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  8. I really appreciated this today. I am mama to seven and working really hard at it, because I love it, but I am certainly faced with concerns about whether I am doing it right or not. HIs grace is sufficient.

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  9. Amen! Our kids don’t ‘need’ us–they NEED Jesus! All we do points to that need. And sometimes we point to the Way, and sometimes we trip and stumble and fall, but if they see us heading towards the Way, they WILL follow :).

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  10. Grace and mercy…I can never have enough. learn enough, or live it enough! Thanks for sharing Helen and thanks for participating in Inspire Me Monday!

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  11. After I became a parent I was able to for forgive my parents for their mistakes; and hopefully my children have done the same. None of us get it right all the time, thank God for his grace. Thanks for sharing

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  12. So thankful that HIS power is made perfect in our weakness!

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  13. So so true!! I love this verse!!! So glad you shared your heart. I was just talking to another mom yesterday about how she needed to give up her super woman cape because she can not do it all! Rely on God and His strength always! Many blessings! 🙂

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  14. This is very good, and just what I needed to read today. I have been struggling with my imperfections as well. Thank you for the encouraging words!

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  15. I’ve had to learn this lesson OVER AND OVER. My post for today is even related. Perfect humility is more what I’m trying to go for these days. My kids learn more from watching me deal with life’s imperfections than when I try to make it all look effortless. When we got stuck behind a log truck for AN HOUR when we were already late for a field trip. I was getting upset and stressed. When I finally was about to cry, I prayed out loud, “Lord, thank you we are safe on this long trip. Please give me patience and help us not be too late.” My daughter yelled, “Now THAT’S my momma!” She needed to see me give my stress and frustration over an impossible situation to God and watch how it calmed me and changed the whole day.

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  16. Oh wow, this is so encouraging! Thank you for such a wonderful perspective on what motherhood is really all about. Our children really are watching us 🙂

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  17. This touched my heart so deeply. Tears just started print as soon as I read your post. Thank you so much for reminding me that have triumphs over everything!

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  18. So sweet – love your candor – and none of us are perfect! they don’t need a super hero – they need Jesus – you nailed it! Thanks!

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  19. Yes, they see the need for grace and the grace Christ supplies! Praise Him for that grace! enjoyed your post today:)

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  20. So beautiful! Thank you for this–much needed at this time.

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  21. my supermomma broke…:) Praise Jesus for his goodness.:)

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  22. godlyindianmom says:

    Helen.great post.I feel the same way too being a new mom to baby number two I feel like a failure mom to my older child most days .I I love this verse.god is sufficient he’s going to take us and our family through this and hes going to be glorified where we fall short.blessings my friend.

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  23. Thank you for the transparency in your post. It truly blessed me. 🙂

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  24. This was so perfect and so relatable! I find myself doing the same thing, searching, searching, searching for ways to be better, to be more, to do more, to give more, and ignore the ways that I already am. Thank you for this eye opening post!

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  25. Yes! This is great, I know there are so many days when I allow a defeated spirit to take over because I know just how many missteps I’ve taken and that my kiddos have seen it. But you are so right – Our God is made perfect in our flaws and missteps and He is showing Himself through me to my kids.

    Thank you

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  26. ❤ Amen and amen!!! God's grace is absolutely sufficient for everything!!!

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  27. alondatanner says:

    I can so relate to almost every word of this! Thanks for sharing and encouraging us with your story!

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  28. Yes! So true – they need Jesus, not supermama.

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  29. I love this! It is so easy to fall into the habit of trying to be and do everything as mom instead of showing our flaws and the Lords mercy. Thank you for sharing!

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