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Am I Enough?

I had coffee with a friend and her adorable baby girl today and we talked about what it’s like being a new mom.  She’s a beautiful, talented women and obviously a wonderful mother.  Yet she expressed to me that she sometimes feels guilty – guilty that she’s not always enough for her little one.

Sometimes I feel the same way.

Because I didn’t remember to give him his vitamin D drops,

or I didn’t use diaper cream and baby powder,

or I couldn’t figure out why he was crying soon enough to fix it.

Sometimes I feel like I’m not enough.

And the truth is, I’m not.  I’m not a perfect mother and I never will be.  There will always be more that I could be doing.  There will always be ways I fall short.

But at my baby shower last week (which you can read about here) I was given some great advice from a godly woman.

She said this, “Sometimes you’ll feel like you’re not enough for your child, like you fall short, but God always fills in the holes we leave.” 

Wow.

What a relief!  I don’t have to be perfect.  And when I’m not, when I miss something or make a mistake, God can and will be all that my boy needs.

Just like He’s always been enough for me.

My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (The Message)

Part 3 of our Love Story is coming tomorrow!

 

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12 thoughts on “Am I Enough?

  1. Heather, what beautiful sentiments. I often feel like if I remembered to allow room for God to fill in the holes, then I wouldn’t push myself to the point of making mistakes, getting overly frustrated when I can’t do it all. Remembering that God is there through prayer and faithful worship will hopefully help me learn when to stop pushing…

    …and thankfully right now, and 8 month old offers a whole lot of grace!

  2. As my baby left home for college back in August I began to roll through my mind all the things that I may not have taught her. I worried about all the decisions she was going to have to make on her own. All those feeling of I wasn’t enough cam floodng over me. Thank you for the reminder that I won’t be perfect and I am not expected to be. He will fill in the holes.

  3. I could have used that when my kids were little and I was a young mom. I was so insecure, nervous, unsure of myself. I needed an older woman to assure me that the Lord would fill in the holes, providing me with the help or information I needed.

    In fact, parenting teens now, I appreciate that same wisdom. I can’t provide everything my kids need now, either, to prepare them for life. In a way it’s easier to see the Lord fill in the holes because I get to see them live out their relationship with Him. I get to hear them pray. I get to see the look on their faces when they come back from a girls’ discipleship group. He is walking with them and teaching them to walk with Him.

  4. love this … and love how you say God always fills in the holes for us … crazy to think … He loves our kiddos even more than we do as mothers … ahh what a great God!

  5. hi hi hi..
    so beautiful!! beautiful post and very pretty pictures!!
    Loving on that quote.. “Sometimes you’ll feel like you’re not enough for your child, like you fall short, but God always fills in the holes we leave.”

    <3xojo

    (letti's grammy told us not to use baby powder.. baby powder found in lungs in autopsies)

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