How To Be A Perfect Mom

 

Our youngest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 5.  We’re coming up on our two year anniversary of his diagnoses and managing his diabetes has been anything but easy.  At his last appointment his doctor looked at me and said, “Thank you so much for doing such a good job with managing his diabetes.  I wish more people did as good of a job as you.”  I thanked her for her encouragement and shared that I feel like a failure most days.  What she said next really touched me in more ways than one. She said, “you can’t prevent highs or lows (blood sugar), all you can do is manage what you’ve got and you’re doing it beautifully!”

Really, that’s what we can say about being a mother in general.  We all want to do the best possible job at parenting and to keep the therapy our children will need as adults to a minimum ~ at the very least! (HAHA)

I feel like a failure sometimes.  Especially when parenting challenges seem enormous.  If it’s not one thing it’s another and if it’s not one kid it’s the other.   As parents we can do everything we can to prevent troubled waters for our children by being the best person possible.  But when stressful situations come calling, all we can do is manage what we’ve got.  So how do you do that?  By reading scripture and falling on our knees in prayer. How’s that for a simple but complex answer?

God is the perfect answer and He can help us handle the “highs and lows” of motherhood.  As you probably suspected, my title is a bit misleading. No one is perfect but we can trust in the One who is!

For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, DO NOT FEAR, I will help you.  ~Isaiah 41:13~

With diabetes, having a blood sugar that is too high or too low is bad for the body.  We try our best to keep it in the safe zone.  Keeping our kids in the “safe zone” is a lot of work too.  To be honest, I fret over this sometimes.  But even if we’re at a loss as to what to do or feel frustrated with what the next step is with our children, here are some ways to help.

~ First and foremost: PRAY!  Pray for wisdom, for strength, for help and courage.  God is there and will answer your prayers.

~ Live for God and obey Him.  We need to keep ourselves spiritually healthy by seeking Him everyday.

~ Show your children and your husband unconditional love.

~ Be joyful and patient.  This is important.

~ Be attentive and aware as to what is going on with your children.

~ Be a brick wall if you have to.  Sometimes it’s necessary to stand firm so your children don’t run the household.  I have a child right now who can run the country, if we let him.  It’s a battle to keep my position as the one in charge with this particular offspring.  He’s going to be a leader, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s a challenge to steer his leadership qualities in the right direction.  Sometimes I have to brace myself and be that brick wall.  (Moving his bedtime earlier has helped too.)

~ Be kind ~ be good ~ be faithful ~ be diligent.  Our children are watching!

~ Seek God and put Him first no matter how chaotic life is.

~ Take care of yourself.  Get rest ~ have fun ~ do something that you enjoy and refreshes you.

~ It’s okay to make mistakes.  Admit failures, repent and move on.  Our children already know we’re not perfect.


Writing this particular blog has been inspirational for me since I’m deep in motherhood right now.  Although I’ve been through this and succeeded with my adult children, I’m still in the thick of things with my younger three.  And my role has changed with my adult children but it didn’t cease (not to mention that I’m a new Mimi now!!)  So it’s been so good to recall these things so that I can be reminded and aware as I go through my day. Motherhood isn’t for wimps ~ our strength comes from God!


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Live Loved

Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children. Ephesians 5:1

The other night while I was laying in bed, I thought to myself, “How many times do you have to get kicked in the face before you just hate everyone?”  Immediately the answer came to me, “70×7.”  Now, I wasn’t seeking God or looking for answers, I was nursing wounds and God crashed my pity-party when I least expected it.  I shouldn’t be surprised since God is ever present in my life.  But this night I was discouraged and ruminating without looking to God.  Since God answered my thoughts so quickly, it made me ponder His answer.

70×7… Not that we should allow ourselves or our children to be around unhealthy and toxic people but letting my thoughts take over isn’t right either.  It made me think about what I should have done instead.

I should have turned to God.  I should have cast my cares on Him.   I needed to take my thoughts captive and direct them towards God! I should ask Him for help instead of taking matters in my own hands.  I should SEEK HIM!

Our pastor said ~ if every kid got a brand new car for their 16th birthday from their parents, you’d have some kids who wouldn’t take care of their cars, they wouldn’t be thankful and they’d act like spoiled brats.  There also would be kids who did the opposite.  They’d be thankful, appreciative and they would do everything they could to keep the car running and looking nice.  They’d take care of it and they wouldn’t take it for granted.

That’s how it is with our Christian walk.  Am I going to act spoiled and demand my way or am I going to be an imitator of God and live like the deeply loved child of God that I am?  Laying around complaining in my head isn’t living like I’m loved.

Being thankful and appreciative can start with our thoughts especially at night when the pressure of the world seems extra heavy.  My focus needs to be on God and His love for me.

Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children.  And live in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us.   Ephesians 5:1-2

Jesus gave His life for us and we are deeply loved by the one and only true God.  Let’s live like we’re loved by walking in love and seeking God every day no matter what our circumstances are.

Like that song “Live Like You’re Loved” by Hawk Nelson says:

“Live like you’re loved ~ walk like you’re free  ~ Stand like you know who He made you to be.  Live like you’re loved ~ like you believe ~ HIS LOVE IS ALL THAT YOU’LL EVER NEED!”


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God Bless You!

 


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Devotional Series:

Getting Rid of Distractions

He is a Jealous God

How Much Does God Love Us?

Spiritual & Inspirational:

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 Steps)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling & Money:

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

7 Money Saving Tips

 Health & Recipes:

How I Cured My Food Allergies

Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

 

How Much Does God Love Us?

“God’s love for us is so incredibly intense that if we truly understood this, we’d do everything in our power to seek Him first and foremost in our lives.”  I wrote that statement in my last blog ~ “He is a Jealous God” ~ and it stuck with me all week.  How much do we really understand God’s love?

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.  (Zephaniah 3:17)

God isn’t distant and impersonal.  He is in our midst ~ He will save ~ He rejoices ~ He loves you and me ~ He wants a relationship with us!

God is so rich in mercy and he loved us so much that even though we were dead because of our sin, He gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead.  (Ephesians 2:4-5)

God’s love is steadfast ~ it never changes and it will never cease.

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh faints for You, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.  So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary, beholding Your power and glory.  Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise You.  So I will bless You as long as I live; in Your name I will lift up my hands.  (Psalm 63: 1-4)

We ought to hunger and thirst for MORE of Jesus.  Pursuing Christ so that we know Him better is essential for us as Christians.

Let’s seek after Him every single day!

Please tell me what you think.  I’d love to hear from you.

God Bless You!

 


My other posts:

Devotional Series:

Getting Rid of Distractions

He is a Jealous God

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4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

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4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

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Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

7 Money Saving Tips

 Health & Recipes:

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

 

He is a Jealous God

Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.  Exodus 34:14

God is jealous when someone gives something away that rightly belongs to Him.  He is possessive of our worship and service.

WORSHIP:  The intentional act of making God the highest priority in our hearts, our minds and our actions.  It is putting Him first.

What does this look like?

Make time to spend with Him daily.  Even if it’s only 15 minutes when you first wake up reading the bible and praying.  You can always increase your time.

Study Scripture and give thanks to God before checking email or getting on social media.

That’s not all:

It’s also keeping God on our hearts and minds when we’re serving our family and the people we’re around frequently.  Simple kindness to others with the intention of blessing them will produce joy in their lives and bring glory to God.

Smiling and enjoying our children.  Loving our husbands fiercely.  Being determined everyday, to keep God first in our hearts so we are strong enough to impact our family and community.  Because it won’t be us doing the impacting…it will be God!

And no one can love the world around us like the Lord God Almighty.  So if we’re trusting in Him ~ He will do amazing things.  It all starts with the simple act of worship.  Giving to God what belongs to Him!

He wants a relationship with us ~ to spend time with us ~for us to lean on Him and look to Him ~ Every. Single. Day.  HE LOVES US!  His love for us is so incredibly intense that if we truly understood this, we’d do everything in our power to seek Him first and foremost in our lives.  I can write this and believe it but I don’t fully grasp this myself, if that makes any sense.

Furthermore, we are His hands and feet and He will make a difference in our families and our world through each of us.  How life changing is that?


I’m taking a break from my normal blogging and posting to grow closer to the Lord, spend more time with my family and actively make my life a little easier.  I will post my journey after Easter.  In the mean time, I will be doing a series of simple devotions to keep my focus on God.

Let me know what you think!  I’d love to hear from you!

PS ~ I almost stopped writing this because of an extremely rough week (and that’s putting it mildly.)  A brutal week dealing with some of the things I was writing in this blog.  Imagine that! HA!  I was feeling like a failure (ALSO: putting it mildly.) So I thought maybe I should hang up my writing until my children are all grown and parenting isn’t so challenging.  But then I remembered that every season has its trials and when I am weak ~ HE IS STRONG!  So I was motivated to keep pressing on and continue sharing my story.


My other posts:

Devotional Series:

Getting Rid of Distractions

Spiritual & Inspirational:

4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

One Important Key To Being A Good Mom

How To Keep The World From Getting In Your Head (4 Steps)

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Homeschooling & Money:

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 1)

Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

7 Money Saving Tips

Health & Recipes:

How I Cured My Food Allergies

Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

 

Getting Rid of Distractions

I have a lot of things to distract me from my duties as a mom and wife.  I try to keep my focus on God first and then on my family but there are always unnecessary things that beg for my attention.

During this season before Easter, I’m getting rid of my distractions and focusing on two things first and foremost.  God and my family.  I want to grow and learn and glorify God.  And I want to prepare my heart for the celebration of His Resurrection.  I will be publishing my journey but I won’t be posting anything on social media until after Easter.  There are specific things I will be doing and I’ll share everything after this wonderful holiday.

But in the mean time, I’ll be spending the next few weeks focusing on growing closer to God, so I’ll be sharing my heart and my thoughts.  Since I won’t be doing my normal blogging and posting, I thought I would share scripture and my thoughts and will publish simple devotions the next few weeks.

Give thanks to the God of Heaven, for His steadfast love endures forever. (Psalm 136:26)

God’s love, kindness, mercy, and faithfulness will never cease because His steadfast love endures forever.  No matter what season of life we’re in or what is going on in our lives, we can always trust God to be there for us. His love is constant and steady.  My challenge for you is to look for any distractions that are coming between you and God, if any, and put them aside for the next few weeks and focus on spending time with Him.  Also spend time this next week giving Him thanks.

Please share your thoughts and your heart on what God is teaching you.  Or just write to say hi.  I’d love to hear from you.

Have a wonderful and blessed week!

Because of His love,

Jaimee

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