Monday, October 05, 2009

parenting in grace.

I just found my favorite new Mommy blog! www.tulipgirl.com

Here's a "Mommy Inspiration" that she had on there:
We’ve forgotten what Luther said. We don’t parent to demonstrate the Gospel — to show those around us how beautifully we can do it all. No, we parent because it is the Gospel — because God takes us in as foundlings, lifts us up as His own, loves us even when we stink, puke, and screach, and He dresses us, carries us, and loves us.

It’s not about showing. It’s about loving. It’s not about beauty. It’s about serving the smallest and the littlest in the darkest part of the night when there’s no one is up except us and that wee one and God.

– Camille

Thank you Jesus for my babies, my children that you so graciously gave me. Even when it's hard and exhausting I will try to remember to extend the grace you gave me to them. Thank you for their messes, their creations, their hugs, their words. Thank you that you gave them a Daddy to love them and be a protector to them. Thank you for their innocence and creativity. Thank you for knitting them together inside of me. Give me the strength to give to them what they need to become the man and woman that you want. Let me teach Josiah to be a Man after your own heart. Let me teach Mae about true beauty. Don't let me worried about my image as a mother to the outside world, let my only concern be my children's hearts.

Amen.

2 comments:

Bonni said...

Got another quote for you here, one that has impacted me even before coming to the point of having a child:

"Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which it dwells is worthy all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in God's name, I will make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to your mother's heart, welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, her life-long prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, how wondrously blest!"

-- Elizabeth Prentiss

admin said...

Bonni,
Reading that made me cry. It's beautiful. Thanks for sharing. ♥