Mother And Child Bond by Steve Hanks, 1949
”Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day, with no mistakes in it yet?”
~Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I am ever so grateful to know that each day holds the promise of a new beginning, with no mistakes in it yet!
Yet is the key word here, I think. Without a doubt, mistakes will be made. I will get caught up in something and forget to have lunch when I agreed. Maybe I’ll forget to go to my emails (or purposely delay because I’m not a huge fan of email) or fail to water the garden when it is overdry. The tone of my voice will speak volumes, or I will say something unkind. Why do I stick my foot in my mouth or make a muddle of something because I didn’t get the facts straight? Why couldn’t I be a better wife and mother? It used to be that those kinds of things would weigh heavily on my heart.
I sure don’t want you to think that because I am attempting to write a Titus 2 encouragement blog that I have it all together in some way. Someone may assume that that is the case, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Please don’t let media disillusionment or comparison make you feel that all is perfect on this side of the virtual world, that we are all jolly all the time, or never have need for an attitude adjustment. Most nights when I am alone, I cry out to the Lord for grace and mercy because it is so evident that we need it!
Green Chair by Jeffrey T. Larson
“If you don’t have a foundation of truth and freedom and a clear understanding of God’s design for your role as a mom and for the part your family’s story will play in history, you will take everything you hear from other cultural voices as truth, and then you will live by the premises and opinions of other people. Often, these voices of culture are filled with relative morality, formulas, and create guilt, a performance mentality and fear of failure in parenting. Jesus’ came to give us abundant life–filled with purpose and meaning and it is only in knowing His truth and His design that we can find peace, contentment, wisdom and fulfillment. He was the creator–He alone has the answers.” ~Sally Clarkson
Truth is, mistakes will be made by you and by me. I thank God for wise women mentoring us both through their writings such as Sally Clarkson and Carolyn Mahaney and those God has given us in person; we are shown both ideals to aim for and the reality of life–and the best of all, is that we can always begin again!
I once heard a speaker say that he will do anything to put himself in the company of people who make Him want to love God more, who make Him want to be a better person–who inspire Him. But that he would avoid all of those who spread poison or gossip or discouragement as much as possible.
Morning by Frits Thaulow (1847 – 1906)
Aim high, dear mama. When those inevitable mistakes come, know they are covered by the blood of the Lamb; His mercies are “new every morning”!!
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.”
Thanks for reading!