I Want to be the Perfect Mom!

"Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly as though you were working for your real master and not merely for humans.  It is Christ, your real master, whom you are serving."  Colossians 3:23-24 How many of us started on this parenting adventure with the unrealistic, unattainable dream, declaring (if only to ourselves) that we wanted to be the perfect mom?  I know I did.  Guess what?  I wasn't.

If you're waiting to have children until you have your "act together", you might as well forget it.   If you're waiting to have kids until you can afford them, then you may well be past the child-bearing years before you are financially stable.  If you're waiting to have them until you've read all the right books and you know you'll get it all right- here's a news flash!  Having children is a labor of love with no instruction manual and the key is saving enough financially to have some money left for your kid's therapy when they are grown.

Yes, I wanted to be the perfect mom.  Doesn't every mother?  Our intentions are always wonderful!  But life has a way of challenging all of us, even on our best days.  You know they say experience is what you get when you don't get what you came for!  As is written in one of the chapters in my book, "It wouldn't have started with something called 'labor' if it was going to be easy" and every mom's sentence is 18+ years of hard labor.  More-over, if we do our jobs right, they'll break our hearts and fly from our nests.  If we don't do our jobs right, they'll break our hearts, come back to the nest and live at home with us indefinitely!

Seriously, if we play our cards right, we'll reap years of incredible relationships right on down through the generations.  What a gift!