Sunday, May 8, 2011

31 Days Closer to Your Kids: Mother's Day

It's Mother's Day. Well, two and a half hours left of it anyway.

I realize I didn't get to a post today, but hey . . . it's Mother's Day.

I wanted to quickly share something that my pastor said in his sermon this morning. He's been going through the Psalms of Ascent and today he talked about Psalm 131. Three little verses that pack a lot of punch.

He said that if there was one gift he would give to the mothers out there it would be the gift of verse 2: "But I have calmed and quieted my soul."

You know what? I needed that gift today. The gift of a calm and quiet soul. Because lest you think that just because I'm spending 31 days writing about parenting means that I have it all together in that area . . . if you even hinted at thinking that . . . today would prove that you are sadly mistaken. Gravely mistaken even.

Because today was a challenging day.

I drove my husband to the airport at 6:30 this morning--he left for a two week business trip.

I nearly lost it with some girls during junior high Sunday School class. Lost it, I tell you. (But I didn't.)

I thought I would tear my hair out during church if one more person asked me where my husband was on Mother's Day.

I ran all over town looking for just the perfect set of sheets for Julia's bedroom makeover only to come home empty-handed with a stressed out kid because she's so afraid that Homegoods might never get another shipment of sheets again.

Another daughter lost a cell phone today. Tears.

There just may have been some harsh words spoken to more than one child today. More tears.

Another is stressed beyond belief about school. Which makes me stressed beyond belief.

A calm and quiet soul? Yeah, I could use one of those.

Do you think Homegoods might get a shipment one of these days?



  1. I'm so sorry your day stunk :( Praying that through these trials God will give you that calm and quiet soul (and one for me, too)!

  2. I had a rough mother's day too due to a child's stomach issues. However this week God gave me the verse from proverbs that says, "she will laugh at the days to come". One day, you'll look back and laugh at all the teenage drama... probably when you're telling your grandkids about how silly their parents were. Then you'll laugh.

  3. Hello gorgeous girlie,

    You'll be glad to know that I don't even *hint* at thinking that!!! But you can't help your love and gloriously encouraging wisdom shining through each of these posts - and I've devoured every one!!

    Thank you so much for mentioning my Kate Middleton posts, by the way. xxx


  4. I'm sorry you had a rough day, too. But I have to admit it is nice to know your life is so normal. Sometimes I feel like I could never live up to you!
    I'm really stressed this week so thanks for the verse and the pastor's comment. I really needed that.

  5. I missed my post yesterday altogether. And I just now spoke harsh words to my precious child.

    Yeah...I could use a calm and quiet spirit today.

  6. I think our culture in recent years has placed too much emphasis on Mother's Day or birthdays or anniversaries, etc. Then... we feel strange if the day wasn't picture perfect.

    What if I wasn't the 'perfect' mother... on Mother's Day?
    Yikes... I feel like a failure... which is totally not true.

    I spent my Mother's Day focussing on MY mother instead of on my self and that helped a lot to move the spotlight off of me.

    Thanks so much for being real.

  7. I still think you are perfect :-)


  8. I'm late commenting but just had to add - it sounded like a "mothers" day to me. Being a mother. And some days are just not as fun as others.

    Have to say I think it's funny when so many people comment if the husband's not around on Mother's day. It's happened a time or two for us and my response is usually something to the effect of "it's not a problem for me - I'm not his mother." Said with humor of course.