Lysa TerKeurst is a NY Times best-selling author, national speaker, and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
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If you had an unglued mama moment today, let me encourage you with 3 simple mothering perspectives you must hang on to:
1. Don’t take too much credit for their good.
2. Don’t take too much credit for their bad.
3. Don’t try to raise a good child. Raise a God-following adult.
Though I’ve been a Christian for many years, I can’t ever coast on my past good choices. I must realize – it’s the first time I’ve lived this day. And today is so very rich with possibilities.
Since it’s the first time I’ve lived this day, it’s an option for me to be the kind of wife and mom I desperately want to be.
It’s an option for me to be the kind of friend I desperately want to be.
Today is not just another part of a long string of days past. Today is a first. A true, true first. So, how will you make good use of this first day?
I don’t want to train my kids to only turn to me for solutions. I want to help them think in Biblically and emotionally healthy ways, so they can learn the fine art of becoming a solution finder. I want to help them learn to process life choices in grounded, mature ways.
If I only tell my kids what they can and can’t do, I’m establishing rules for them to follow. This is a part of parenting for sure- but it can’t be the whole part.
If I teach them how to think, I’m establishing healthy processing patterns that will serve them when they’re no longer under my immediate watch.
Writing my Easter prayer this morning from the words the angel spoke to the women at the tomb…
“Do not be afraid,”- God, I hand over to you this morning, those things that make me so afraid. Resurrect the parts of my faith squelched by fear.
“I know you are looking for Jesus,”- God, when my soul is searching help me know the answer to every longing can be found in you.
“He is risen,”- God, the fact that Jesus is risen should lift my head, my heart, and my attitude. Help me to live this Easter day shining this truth with every part of my life. He is risen indeed.
Deny myself. Take up my cross. Follow Him. Follow who He is and how He is. It’s hard. But it is the way with Jesus.
Jesus has never ever asked for us to be perfect. He simply wants us perfectly surrendered. I often pray, “Oh Jesus… I am such a mess but I am Yours. Show me… help me… forgive me… reassure me… and pour your tender mercy upon me.”
And He does. And He always will. My imperfections are safely tucked within the reality of His perfection.