I am Not Messing Up My Kids

I checked out a book at the library yesterday: “Am I Messing Up My Kids? … and Other Questions Every Mom Asks” by Lysa TerKeurst.  I love her writing I really do, but when I look at the title this morning and begin to read the book I realize this is garbage.   I may still read the book though. For now, though my message to me is:  I am NOT messing up my kids!

In fact our kids are pretty awesome.  I am pretty awesome!  I rock really…really…I do.

Most moms take the mom guilt a little too far in my opinion.  I even am guilty.  I will plead guilty to feeling like I haven’t done enough for our kids that day or that month or that year.  Did I read enough with them?  Did I buy them enough stuff?  Do they feel loved by my presence?

Of course!

We all have finite amounts of energy and hours in a day.  Many women work inside and outside the home in some way whether that is for a paycheck or volunteer work at your kids’ school, your church, etc.  Sleep is critical.  Food is essential.  And, exercise is enlivening.  Oh, and you’re husband and/or kids need some attention too.


You are NOT messing up your kids.  Let me tell us again.  We are not messing up our kids.  We are doing the best dang job we can with each minute, hour, and day we are given with our kids.  They love us, and we love them.

Honor your father and mother so that you’ll live a long time in the land that God, your God, is giving you.
In fact in the Bible we are called to honor our father and mother.  So these kids we have are to honor us.  We are doing a great service to them in raising them, providing for them, etc.  If you can call your mother or father today…do it…tell them “Thank you for being great!”  God gave you your parents, and now He has hand selected a child/children for you to raise.  Go for it.  You’ve got this!

Dear God,

You created me as a parent.

Forgive me when I think of that as a low on the totem pole job.

Thank you for our kids.

Give me grace and confidence to do this day knowing that you made me for our kids.




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