Ever since the The Celebrate Motherhood Retreat that Natalie and I hosted a few weeks ago in Charlotte, my brain has been running wild with all the things I want to share with you guys in regards to being a mom, loving Jesus, and knowing that it’s ok to fail.
I mean, I HAVE SO MUCH IN MY HEAD about all of it. And not because I have it all figured out or I finally have the right answers on how to be the perfect mom…but because I want you to know that I am here…with you…in the thick of it.
Trying to do my best and making mistakes as I go.
The things that I heard and learned that day were things that have not left my mind. The words spoken that day stuck like glue.
They were probably words I had heard a time or two before, but for some reason, that day they made a difference in my life.
One of my favorite take aways came when Jess Connolly was on stage and said this:
“I’m encouraged to take myself out of the running. Out of the running for mom of the year… For best homeschool teacher… For the mom who cooks all organic… heck, for the mom who always cooks! Balance, margin and learning what I do well and what I don’t do well. Making peace with it. Living MY purpose and keeping my focus on Him.”
Y’all, isn’t that freeing?
To know that you don’t need to put yourself in a race for mom of the year.
That it’s not a “Let’s see who can climb to the top first…” kind of mentality you need to live in.
That you, without a doubt, can still be a fantastic mom even if you aren’t good at everything.
Your purpose isn’t even to be the best mom on the planet. Or the best homeschool teacher. Or the best cook. <— thank goodness
God doesn’t see your mistakes as failures.
He sees your heart. And He rejoices when He notices that YOUR purpose for life aligns with His.
So let’s all start our week off by agreeing to take ourselves out of the race for mom of the year.
Let’s realize that our focus shouldn’t be on how to balance it all and do it with perfection, but to love Jesus first and thank Him for the things He did gift us in.
I’m ready to stop chasing the gold medal for “best mom” on the planet.
And I’m ready to start living in the truth that it’s ok to be an imperfect mother.
I’m doing my best and that’s worth more than any race I could win. Who’s with me?