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.”
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!