Motherhood & Saint Mary

Parenting isn’t for the faint of heart! I look back with fondness on the years my children were younger. I ruled the roost. We homeschooled, memorized Scripture, read, spanked, visited the library weekly, and were at church just about every time the doors were open. 

I had read all the parenting books and employed the latest greatest methods. I breastfed, sleep-trained, and thought I had the actual corner market on mothering. But life has a way of catching up to us, doesn’t it? And our kids grow up to have hearts and minds of their very own. Who knew?

Our children eventually get to choose how they interact with the world, with others — and with God too. Scripture sometimes gets tossed out in favor of worldly wisdom, and it is here, in this space, that many of us mamas cry all the tears over our failed formulas and if-only’s. Children no longer within our control lead us to our knees, begging for salvation and the saving and the salvaging of what’s left of this damaged miry clay.

As we near Mother’s Day, I can’t help but think of Saint Mary. Hailed as the most holy and blessed mother of all, I wonder if the mother of Jesus was ever plagued with self-doubt over decisions or fraught with worry for the future. Did she hang with disappointment or ruminate when situations went awry? Mary was human like us, after all. Did she falter in faith when Jesus chose the darkest path? Was she broken and poured out as Jesus was broken and poured out? Hope left longing, burdened by the weight of her own flaws.

We only see in part, but one day we will see clearly. 1 Corinthians 3:12

Mary looked up in the midst of her parenting brokenness to behold the cross. We, like Mary, can look up when tempted to despair. The best formula of all had not required Mary’s forethought. Likewise, we do not have eyes to see the perfect path or the end result for our children. We only see in part, but one day we will see clearly. 

So, let us look up together to behold the One who holds our children in His ever-loving, ever-purposeful hands. He holds us mamas too! ~ Angie

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Go visit Angie’s Blog Sacred Scribblings { honest musings of a pastors wife }, I have no doubt you’ll find much joy in her rich thought provoking style. Angie & I have been the closest of friends for over 30 years, I know you’ll just love her as I do!

❤️ Carly

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