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Moms come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, histories, gifts and callings.  Motherhood is not a “one size fits all” deal.  In theory this is a great truth.  In practice it can be very challenging to accept and believe.

Some moms work outside the home, some moms are full time homemakers.  Some moms send their kids to public school, some to private school, and some choose to homeschool.  Some moms are single, some are married.  Some moms are the outdoorsy types, and love camping, rock climbing, canoeing and hiking.  Some moms are crafty, some are foodies, some are musicians, some are story-tellers.  Some moms wear a high powered suit to work and lead major companies, some moms rock at farming and cattle raising.

I believe the best moms are not the moms that try to squeeze into a mold that doesn’t fit (it’s like trying to squeeze into a pair of ill-fitting jeans…that’s downright sad and painful).  The best moms are not looking at other moms and comparing themselves or wasting time by judging and criticizing.  Just as each individual comes in a unique and beautiful package, so is the role they play in motherhood.  There is no “one size fits all”.  Rather than comparing, wouldn’t it be more productive for us to extend grace to one another and realize that most moms are simply trying to do the best they can to be the best they can be?

The best moms are the moms who are grounded in their faith, obedient to the individual calling God has placed on their lives, and are operating in their God-given gifts and abilities.  These moms will truly be their best selves for their families.

“Her children will arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:  Many women do noble things but you surpass them all.  Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” – Proverbs 31:28-30

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4 Responses to “A Brief Thought On Motherhood”

  1. Tammy says:

    Love this! Yes, we are so easily entangled in guilt and discontentment when we set ourselves up in the lens of another. If only we could grasp everyday that we need to only look straight into the lens that God sees us through.

    Thanks for linking up with the Wednesday Word blog hop :) So glad to have your wise words on Wednesdays :) http://www.uniquefamilyvision.com/2011/07/wednesday-word-blog-hop_27.html

  2. Patti says:

    Thank you for the encouragement. I needed to hear this today.

  3. Alida says:

    What great encouragement for all of us moms! Thank you. My children are grown now but I can still see how important it is to continue to be my best self for them.

  4. Lisa says:

    This was really encouraging for me. I sometimes compare myself to other moms who…(fill in the blank) and I don’t do that or am not that way. My focus should be on pleasing the Lord.

    Thank you for sharing this!

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