Embracing Who I Am by Lysa TerKeurst

Lysa_profileTen years ago I sat in a seminar listening to a very organized mom talking about how she parented her kids.

She was amazing.

A Super Mom in my eyes.

I held up my feeble efforts with my three toddlers and determined I stunk as a mother. I thought that maybe if I went home and imitated her, I could enter into the world of Super Moms.

I mentally listed out what I discerned must be her secret to success and set out to be just like her.

But it didn’t take long to become absolutely miserable. I mentally beat myself up for not having what it obviously took to be a great mom. What was wrong with me?

I begged God to make me just like her – that really good mom.

And then one day in Bible study I read the story of Mary, the teenage mother of Jesus. My heart beat fast as I realized she didn’t meet the standard of Super Mom I’d set for myself.

Somehow, just as she was, God chose her to be Jesus’ mother. And the only qualification that she seemed to have was her willingness.

I made the choice to try and let go of all those expectations I had for myself as a mom. I let go of the comparisons to other moms. I laid down the measuring stick of perfection. And I simply bowed my head and gave God my willingness.

Nothing more.

Slowly, I started to see my own unique qualities as a mom instead of always focusing on the places I thought I fell so short.

I may not be the most organized mom, but I’m a fun mom willing to drop my to-do list in the name of spontaneity.

I may not do sit-down devotions with my kids every morning, but I’m good at helping my kids see God working in situations all throughout our days.

I may not sew a lick, but I know where to find a seamstress that is the bomb.

I may not always keep my cool in the everyday aggravations of life, but throw something big at me and somehow I’ll be the calmest person in the room.

Sure, I have a lot of room for growth in my mothering. God and I work on things daily. But over the past ten years I’ve learned how to embrace who I am and the beauty of living fully as me.

And while I still fall short at times, I’ve finally learned that being fully me is so much better than an imitation version of someone else.

I have the exact qualities God knew my kids would need in a mother. So, each day I hold up my willingness and ask God to make me the best version of me I can be.

Have you ever struggled with this? Whether it’s in the arena of motherhood or your workplace or one of the many places we unfairly compare ourselves to others, realize your great qualities and be fully you.

Dear Lord, forgive me for all of the times I’ve compared myself to others. I know that You have hand-picked all of my qualities. Help me to see these things as beautiful reminders of Your great love in creating me as Your daughter. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Today, Lysa has generously offered to give away 3 signed copies of her book, Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions. 

 

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To be entered to win, leave a comment below with one of your God-given qualities that you are learning to embrace. Winners announced on Mother’s Day!

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Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times best-selling author of Unglued and Made to Crave. She is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina where she lives with her husband, Art, five kids, three dogs, and a mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen. Connect with Lysa at www.LysaTerKeurst.com.
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  1. My creativity. Just because others do things their way, doesn’t mean mine’s not as good!

  2. I’m finally beginning to embrace myself as a writer/speaker :) Thanks for the giveaway! And thanks for being on The MOM Initiative!

  3. LOVE this post!! I have spent way too much time comparing myself to other moms. I am learning that God made the the exact mom my children need. I am learning to slow down and spend time just having fun with them. They definitely know I love them and that I thank God for them.

    • Comparing ourselves with one another is such a temptation. I did the same thing! We may not be perfect mothers, but we are the perfect mothers for our children! So glad your children KNOW you love them! NOTHING can replace that! :-)

  4. Darcey Zahaykevich says:

    Even though I still see it as a curse, I am starting to see my sensitivity as a blessing and use it to pray in the situation. Love this post!

    • Darcey, being sensitive to pray in the moment is a huge blessing for you and for those you pray for! It shows you not only notice, but sincerely care. A rare quality! :-)

  5. Nancy L S says:

    I love to be outside with my children,exploring nature, God’s materpieces with them. My house may not always be tidy and organized, but we do enjoy the great outdoors and appreciate the quality time we spend outside together.

  6. I love this post so much! More than anything, this very topic is one of my biggest battles/struggles with myself, my identity and embracing it. One of my God-given qualities that I am learning to embrace is never married before single mother of 6.

    • Carla, you have your heart and hands full and as you mold the hearts of your precious children, you are embracing the beauty of motherhood. I was a single mom with one son, I can’t imagine the load you are carrying raising 6. Know that the Lord sees you, He loves you, and He is just a prayer away. He is the Father to the fatherless and as you invite Him to lead you to parent your children, He will help you in ways that are unexplainable. Keep on keepin’ on sweet momma! You’re the perfect mom for your children!

  7. Amanda Nebe says:

    So want this book.. Thought about getting it for my ladies group.

  8. Now that I’m a mom of young adults, I’ve had to learn to make that shift from the “hands on, daily mothering” mom to the “ever-prayerful, ready to help and give advice when I’m asked” Mom. I do feel most days I’ve made that transition and am embracing the lovely truth that I no longer have to micro-manage their lives!

  9. Jalynn Patterson says:

    God given quality…hmmmm…. my husband and children told me on the way to church this past Sunday that they believe I am the Proverbs 31 woman. I thought I was going to pass out. I couldn’t believe they said that about me. For the past few years i have tried to watch who and what I am and what I stand for. I have really tried my best to become this mystery woman and while I know that I am not completely there, it really made my heart smile to know that they see it in me. I thank God for that!!!

    • Jalynn, there is absolutely NOTHING so sweet than to hear that from the mouths of your husband and children. They are the ones who know you best and see in you something worth praising. What a testimony to your desire to be a vessel for the Lord in your own home! Makes my heart smile big time! :-)

  10. Thanks for sharing today, Lysa! One area of motherhood that I’m embracing is to be more intentional with my time. I’m so busy and sometimes I let other areas of my life bleed into my time with my children. Setting boundaries seems to help. :) thanks again for your wisdom!

  11. Such wonderful words, thank you! One of the things I try to embrace is my creativity. I’m pretty good at making something out of nothing. But instead of seeing that as a positive, I often end up comparing what I’ve done – or plan to do – with the things done by other moms. I’m working on it, though! Making a homemade skeleton costume w/ white duct tape and a black shirt/pants tonight, as a matter of fact! :)

    • Oh Laura, I am always so impressed when I see someone who can do exactly what you do…make something out of nothing. Comparing ourselves with others always leaves us feeling less than. And anyone who can make a skeleton costume with duct tape and a black shirt and pants is amazing! :-) I’d love to see a pic of that costume, btw. ;-)

  12. I am learning to embrace my God given quality of being joyful with my kids. When things are getting serious during our school day, I’ll try to lighten the mood by getting silly. I’m not always Successful, but I appreciate your posts of encouragement!

    • Linda, that is such a special and valuable quality in a momma! A joy maker! I LOVE it! I often try to do the same thing when my kids or friends are having a tough time. Laughter is truly medicine to the soul…and to the home! :-)

  13. Ellen Schumaker says:

    The gift that God gave me with playing the piano. I may not be the most accomplished pianist,but God gave me this gift to use for Him, regardless. I play for our church and we are slowly turning the corner towards using current Christian contemporary mixed with in with traditional. I love, love, love the newer music, but some of it is out of my comfort zone, so I have really had to work at telling myself that I can play it. And you know what?, I’m finding out that I can, and I know it’s because God is giving me the assurance that I can! :-)

    • Music brings so much joy in the home and it’s amazing what we can do when we say YES to God! (Lysa’s got a great book on that too!) Keep playing! You’re making hearts in your home smile! :-)

  14. My willingness to take chances and risks and be positive about it. Since becoming a mother I noticed I do it less but I’m working at it again.

    • AWESOME! I HEART risk-takers! You can teach your children so much about faith through your willingness to step out and take a risk. (Peter took a risk and ended up walking on water ;-) )

  15. Sherri Y. says:

    I am learning to embrace creativity & organization and how that fits into mothering & taking care of my home.

  16. Ginger C says:

    God has blessed me with four beautiful children and given me the responsibility to raise three of them. He already has one of them with Him in Heaven. God has been teaching me that it’s OK to not have it all together and to take time to enjoy my children and remind them daily how much God loves them. No matter what the situation is, I help my children to embrace the good things and trust God because He is always with you.

    • Ginger,
      I’m so sorry about your loss! And so thankful that Jesus made a way so heaven is really real and we can spend eternity with those who have gone before us.

      The things you are teaching your children are absolutely invaluable! Grounding them with a strong faith is something that will be with them for the rest of their lives! :-)

  17. GOD has taught me to let go and have a messy house, dirt dishes, untamed hair, no make up and enjoy life, for with my daughter I felt like I had to be the perfect Mother and everything had to be in its place. I have learned with my three year old grandson, that playing and being creative and messy is a wonderful way of life., for it can always be tidied up, where they grow up in a blink of a eye. Cherish every minute that GOD allows with the ones you love and make precious memories everyday.

  18. Sarah Wiley says:

    I’m dead honest with my children and finding that sometimes that means saying, “I don’t know hunny but maybe we can find the answer sometime” or “You need to trust me that this is something we’ll learn more about when you get older,” or “I just don’t know but I trust that God does and I know he’ll take care of it.”

  19. Nicole says:

    I struggle with this a lot! Mostly because I work part time as an emergency nurse. I love my job, but it often leaves me feeling guilty about not being with my children more. Lately I have been increasing my Bible study time and trying to remember part of Prov 31… She is clothed with strength and dignity and can laugh at the days to come. I am trying to remind myself that my security is in God alone, not with comparing myself to others!
    I always enjoy your posts… You are totally up front and are able to laugh at things that hit you! God bless

    • Nicole, I LOVE that the Lord has brought to your mind the Proverbs 31 woman! She was also a worker. Your time in the Word will be what strengthens you and carries you as you do such a wonderful job being a momma to your children. Keep on keepin’ on knowing Jesus sees you, He is with you and He is for you…and your faith will spill into the lives of your children too. :-)

  20. I am learning to embrace my God given quality of being a good friend and actually believing that I can love someone else. The quality of just being able to express to someone how much they mean to me and to God. For some reason it was hard for me to understand what it means to be a part of God’s family and a part of a community that is willing to meet the practical needs in my life and it has really helped me become someone who is more than happy to help them finish their race with a grateful and cheerful heart!

    • Tina, that is really something many struggle with. Sometimes because we were never really able to be close to others when we were young, sometimes because we go through something that rocks our world and sometimes because we have insecurities and fears that build walls around our hearts. I’m SO glad to hear that you are growing through all of that and how God is using you in the lives of others! :-)

  21. I love to bake and my family loves it! I make awesome cheesecakes :D It gives me such joy to make my kids and everyone happy by baking them special treats.

    • Oh Cindy…I’m trying not to be jealous! ;-) I wish I could bake! Family meals and sweet desserts have a way of drawing the family together in the dining room where sweet memories happen and unforgettable conversations take place. SAWWWEEEEET! :-)

  22. I struggle with this. In my head, I know that God has chosen me. In my heart, I see my failures a lot more clearly than my unique successes. I need to marinate more about this and perhaps list my own personal “I may not…but I do” behaviors/approaches. One characteristic I’m coming to terms with over the past several years is my fierce, deeply emotional love which I’m trying to embrace by praying rather than worrying.

    • Deb, when I look in the mirror, I often see all the flaws. My discolored front tooth from a line drive during a softball game. The one eye that is so much smaller than the other. The scar above my left eye where another softball injury left me looking like Frankenstein for over a month. The wrinkles. The sags. Oh…and did I mention the wrinkles.

      It’s so easy for us to see our flaws because when we look in a mirror, we don’t really see anything but ourselves and it’s normal to focus on our flaws. But if we looked at ourselves through God’s lens of love, we would be reminded of who we really are and how God sees us.

      YOU are a divine design…carefully crafted by the Creator of the universe. You were created on purpose and for a purpose and He sees you as His masterpiece!

      AND your deep love is a gift to those around you! :-)

  23. Beverley Austin says:

    While many people have extreme positives, my issues is the loving nature I have for everyone and always wanting to help…unfortunately, it has been getting me into trouble a lot lately because I have a hard time saying NO and am very easily overwhelmed. Things at home have been spinning out of control and I couldn’t figure out why until it hit me one day…I have been letting everyone else run my life…and I decided that I needed to find some way to fix that issue. God tells us to take care of ourselves, that our bodies are a temple for Him, and in reality, if we don’t take care of ourselves, then we are of very little use to others. So, in the last few weeks, I’ve been asking God for the strength to stand up and say NO; to help me realize when I already have too much on my plate and I need to take care of myself. It doesn’t mean I don’t care, because I do and often feel very guilty that I can’t help, but realizing that I have to care for myself has become a huge priority. I must take care of myself, nurture my relationship with God, so that I may be a good partner, mother, daughter, grand-daughter, student, helper, and all the numerous roles and hats that I take on in my life.

    • Beverly, your struggle is a familiar one. You love deeply and you want to help others and fix things. But if you don’t say “NO” you begin to feel overwhelmed and then upset when you aren’t able to fulfill all your obligations. I’ve lived there for many years and I still struggle with many of the same things.

      Years ago, the Lord showed me that not every open door is mine to walk through and not every need is mine to fulfill. That revolutionized my thoughts on trying to be the one who fixes everything for everyone.

      I’m so glad you’re now asking God for the strength to say no. :-)

  24. Bethany says:

    A wonderful post about something that had been heavy on my soul for days. Thank you for your words of wisdom!! I’m learning to embrace my need to plan – trying to recognize that spontaneous fun is only fun for me sometimes – I feel lots better (and so does my son) if we know what’s happening before it happens. I know this can’t always be the case and I try to plan spontaneously sometimes! ;)

    • Bethany, Lysa’s post is so spot on and necessary! I’m so glad you stopped in a commented. Your son has a great momma who is really astute to notice what works well for him! :)

  25. I have recently realized my God giving ability of volunteering! I can not sew, not a decorator and my art is comparable to my 4-year-old’s but I always love to volunteer. I had an aha moment when all my friends were sitting talking about their talents: singing, dancing, decorating, etc. when I shyly said “well I sure can volunteer!” I began thinking of all the time I gave-on my own will-‘in college and post college (pre kids) volunteering and then all my free time now is for my children’s schools and church or fundraisers. And you know what? That is what makes their schools great, these non profit organizations survive. Not me alone but every person coming together makes a strong army of God’s soldiers. And God had blessed me with that:)

    • Kate, that is HUGE! Volunteers are multi-talented mavens who can step in and do what is needed! LOVE it that you discovered how valuable that is! YOU make things happen because you’re willing to volunteer! LOVE IT!

  26. Jillian Mahler says:

    Oh how I struggle with “the yardstick of comparison”. I am constantly measuring myself up against other moms. Always falling short and beating myself up. I am just starting to realize that this is not the way God wants me to live. He created me to be my boys’ mom, and he knew I would be what they needed! I struggle daily, but it really helps to know I am not the only mama who feels this way and struggles with the nastiness of comparison!

    • Jillian, I LOVE how Lysa used the yardstick analogy as a way of describing how we mommas compare ourselves with others. I used to do that when my children were younger and sometimes still do…but knowing God did not create cookie cutter families has helped me get past that comparison trap. And YOU are definitely the momma your children need! :-)

  27. Bridget Christine Foy says:

    I’m learning to embrace my creativity. I don’t always do things the same way as other people and that is okay. :)

  28. I love love love this post! There iare plenty of things I need to improve upon, but I am slowly working day-by-day (with Gods help!) learning to embrace who God made me specifically to be. With two young kiddos, I would say I am learning to embrace the “lovely disorder” of life! Lol! I have always been a bit on the OCD side of cleaning and organization, but I am learning to embrace the precious moments with my kiddos while I can, rather than worry about the peanutbutter fingerprints on the side of the refrigerator, or goldfish crumbs in the couch cushions!! I’m most certainly a work in progress, but God has laid the importance of giving my kiddos the attention, love, and guidance while they are small. There will always be time to clean up those crumbs when they are grown. Dare I say I may even miss them one day!

  29. Jada Smith says:

    Making my kids the focus of my time when we’re together! As a single, working mom, I often felt that I was judged unfairly by sahm’s then I realized I was the one judging myself!

  30. Rosy Granger says:

    Lysa, I have read and re-read your book and cut out pieces and glued them into my journal. Most everyday I get angry at my family. I don’t feel like I’m doing anything right. But..I wanna change!

  31. I beat myself up when I fail to remain calm, when I raise my voice when I was so determined not to, when I look around at the mess that is my house. On the other hand, my children live in a great place to grow up, we give them a great deal of freedom within the boundaries and the motto around here is, “A dirty kid is a happy kid”. So, my God-given qualities? Empathy. Wisdom. Not allowing my age to get in the way of trying something new. Now if I could apply these qualities when I’m inside my own head, beating myself with that comparison stick… I would really appreciate a copy of Lysa’s book. I’ve looked at it and would like to read it and just haven’t done it yet.

  32. Hilda deWolde says:

    This book keeps popping up as something to do for next year in my women’s group! I am learning to embrace my changing role as a mom as my kids get older . They no longer need me like they did as babies but now just need me in different ways.

  33. Andrea Tillotson says:

    Love this post! God is definitely not done with me yet! I am trying to lighten up and not be so harsh on myself because I am my worst critic. No one else is judging me like I am. My husband and family say I am doing a great job, I just don’t believe them. It’s getting better with prayer and God’s help!

  34. Bridget Padilla says:

    I’m learning to embrace how God sees me as a mother and that my 2 beautiful girls think I’m the best mom in the world. God gave me a great sense of humor which He has shown me that it is a blessing.

  35. Amanda Evans says:

    I am learning to embrace my role as a homemaker and mother of three young children. I also want to embrace my gift of having a servant’s heart. I want to be a blessing to others, even during this busy, child-rearing season of my life.

  36. I still haven’t figured out what my God-given qualities are yet. As a single mother to a special needs kiddo, I know there has to be something. I just haven’t found it yet.

  37. Elizabeth says:

    Love this post! Thanks for the encouragement. I’m working on embracing the fact that I don’t have to have it all together to be a good mother, a good wife, or to offer hospitality. My type A personality struggles with perfectionism and I want to let it go. Thanks for the opportunity!

  38. This hits home for me, as I struggle daily with patience as a mom. I am learning to not compare myself to other moms that make it look so easy, yet are going through the same struggles I deal with. I am also embracing the fact that my God-given talents will reveal themselves at just the right times in life. Thank you ladies for what you do, and for this fabulous offer from Lysa!

  39. V garza says:

    I truly enjoy your candor on parenting and serving Christ fully. My God given ability is learning to invest in myself. My health and well being make me a better Mom to my 7 year old. I also teach elementary school age children. I am making an excepted effort to LISTEN to my daughter and be engaged. Even when my day has been uber exhausting I still need to place importance on her day and how she is feeling.

  40. Jennie G. says:

    This is something I have really been struggling with. Comparison is a joy killer! Being aware of it, I still fall into the trap. I am a silly mom. Oh the silly faces and songs we come up with! I am messy and loose my temper easily. But I am learning that my little boys lev when mommy is silly with them. It also is helping me learn when to just let go and embrace our messy chaotic life. Our sweet silly moments will be the ones we treasure!

  41. I so struggle with this-always beating myself up for not being the fun mom! My God given talent I guess is acts of service-doing things for my family. Although I am learning to embrace it, I am also trying to let go of all the things I feel like I must do in a day, and just spend some time being with my kids and doing things that
    they enjoy. Although I haven’t mastered letting go of all the things I need to do, I’m working on it. I enjoy reading your blog so much:)

  42. Tiffany says:

    My lack of confidence and second guessing myself keeps me grounded in God! At times I get frustrated with myself for being sensitive or insecure…but it keeps me glued to Him and humbled.

  43. I think my God given ability is to enjoy the little moments with my son. We spend quality time together frequently. My house isn’t always the cleanest, but I don’t regret the time I spent with him instead : )

  44. Labeth says:

    I love snuggling with my kids! I love to listen to them and hear what they have to say. It’s the best part of the day, to snuggle in my bed as they come in to say good morning. I hope that moments like that will build a trust for talking with me about the big things later, because I’m listening to the little things now.

  45. God is helping me to realize that every little thing does not have to be perfect or close to perfect. The house can be messy, laundry not done, peanut butter sandwiches for supper (once in a great while). He is teaching me to set these “perfections” aside to serve Him, by serving my family. Me giving my time to them instead of all this stuff!

  46. As a single mom, many times I felt guilty that they do not have a physical father or male influence in their lives. Sometimes raising teenagers completely on your own get extremely frustrating and overwhelming. But to see them grow and mature as wonderful adults, at least the oldest one at this time is such a blessing.

  47. Marisa Thompson says:

    I have struggled so much with the comparison game. I always had mommy guilt. I should do this more…..Oh I should have done that……now this wasn’t done….. I looked at other moms that alway seem to have everything together and are skinny too. I thought I must be a failure. But God has started to open my eyes to the fact He has made me for my kids, my husband, my life in Him. Through a good friend He started to teach me that we are looking at peoples highlight videos and our most awful failures and comparing that. I am learning to let that go. I am also learning that one of my God given abilities is to be able to talk, teach, and comfort my kids through difficult situations they may have. He fills me with the words to comfort and explain. I praise Him that He does!

  48. Faith G. says:

    I actually struggled with this answer! But hearing that still, small voice in my head saying, “faith, you are a good mommy.” Though I am striving to be a better me, I have come to appreciate my extreme silly side

  49. Julie C. says:

    I’m learning that transparency is crucial to growth in Christ. It is so easy to look at what other Moms post on Facebook and get the impression that their lives are perfect. Not only is this wrong thinking on my part but it’s a slippery slide down the path of discontentment, isolation, and despair at falling short of an unrealistic mark of perfection. What I’m learning? It takes me being intentional to share the struggles and joys in this glorious thing called life with others. I find that in being transparent with others, my heart is usually tender and moldable toward God. As I open up, usually the other person does as well and we are able to be as “iron sharpening iron.” While sometimes painful, “afterwards it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness” (Hebrews 12:11) which is my heart’s cry!

  50. Willingness. I don’t have “it all together” but I am willing to be open to the direction that
    God leads me with my children. He gives me what I ends to parent my 2 children. As a single mom I have
    To rely on God’s strength to get me through most days.

  51. Leigh Ann says:

    As a mom of three in varied stages of life…20 yrs, 17 yrs, and 8 yrs., I have learned a lot along the way of what not to do and what to do. My biggest strength is praying for my kids and our desicions in parenting them. It is hard learning to let them go and let them mess up at times as they are learning to become independent. Having a difficult time right now with my teenaged daughter and feel like I am constantly messing up and letting anger take over. I really need to check out this Unglued study!! Thanks for the opportunity to win one of the books!

  52. Jeanette Pham says:

    Great post! I will put down my measuring stick as well. The one thing I do well is that I am a fierce advocate for my children. I, unfortunately, don’t have the healthiest bunch of kids but I have learned to research, to be tough, when tough is called for, to not take no for an answer and to most importantly, listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit (some call it a gut feeling, I have learned to re-define it!) that leads and guides me through the hard times.

  53. Roberta says:

    Through the years of being a mom to my boys with special needs, I have become very strong in prayer~ near constant conversation with the Love of my life. I thank Him for that gift of need to drive me to Him.
    This on going conversation spills into daily interactions with my family- prayer in the midst of conversations about school, news, traffic , the dog even :)
    I so appreciate Lysa’ s willingness to be real~ God uses that in ways she will never know this side of heaven!

  54. Heidi Gorecki says:

    Perseverance – I have 3 kids, 7, 4, and 1, and an amazing husband and am trying to balance mine and my families life while dealing with cancer diagnosis and treatment. As hard as it’s been, I’ve made the decision to stay active in our church (also Elevation in Charlotte) and do my best to encourage others while finding the balance with everything else we have going on. With everything we have been up against as a family I am so thankful that the Lords given me that spirit of tenacity and perseverance to seek His voice for my situation and press thru for his best and mine.

  55. Tracey Montgomery says:

    Almost 2 yrs ago, my husband’s job was transferred to another part of the country. Didn’t realize the move would make me question my skills as a parent. Back home, I felt grounded. I had a multitude of friends (in and out of church) that shared my Christian parenting views. I realized quickly after our move that I had take this community of beliefs for granted. I’ve had to learn to be strong in standing firm in my strength as a parent and not question myself or compare myself to these new parents that are now in my circle of life. God is my rock and the foundation of my life and I know through him I will raise my girls to love Jesus and be the best person in Jesus that they can be. Freedom takes time but is so refreshing!

  56. Andrea L says:

    It’s a trap that’s so easy to fall into, but ultimately comparison only steals our joy! I love to sing and dance around the house with my two boys….a little VeggieTales radio and giggles with them always make things, even chores, more fun :)

  57. I let my kids make big old messes with crafts. I hate cleaning, but I’m not worried about letting things get dirty. My best friend is a neat freak and she thinks this is a good attribute of mine. :)

  58. Rachel Abrams says:

    I have learned to not hold on to tight to my own plans for my family. God knows what he is doing and wants the best for us. By letting go and letting God, I am able to enjoy the journey.

  59. Singing – I am on my church’s worship team and have been given more and more opportunities to lead songs. I get such joy out of singing and to be able to do it for the Lord and to bring others to the Lord is amazing.

  60. Leslie Holeman says:

    this sounds so perfect for me right now….mom of 3 and i still don’t got it down. i run a kids ministry in my church and want those i lead to know I DON”T KNOW it all either because I don’t but will always strive to do my best with God’s help :)

  61. Lysa,
    Thank you so much for being a guest on The M.O.M. Initiative for MOM Week and sharing some much needed words of ‘momma’ wisdom! What a blessing you are to so many! I LOVE how you shine for Jesus, my friend! ;-)

  62. What a great post and beautiful idea! I am always regretting how completely uncrafty I am and how I have no talent for interior design and the way I always burn the garlic bread. But at the same time, like Lysa, I love to be spontaneous with my boys–head off to a theme park or museum at the drop of a hat and dance and sing with them in the kitchen, and I’ve realized that that quality too is a gift. Thanks, Lysa, for a great Mother’s Day week post.

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