We have all seen moms who seem to have it all together. They quietly speak to their well- behaved, charming and accomplished young children as they bring homemade bread and elaborate, tasty casseroles to the church potluck dinner. They are always on time. Their children are not only well-behaved, but they are dressed beautifully… and so is their mother. They even smell good!
Do you ever look at those women and wonder how they do it? Why are they so serene? How do they live with little ones and yet they don’t seem to constantly be on their last nerve… much less any nerve at all? They carry on in depth conversations with other adults with no worry. Their hair is nicely done, car is clean, house is immaculate. Do you ever feel like you can never measure up?
Well, first let me tell you, those moms DO have days where they don’t have it all together. There are moments in time when their children misbehave, their house isn’t perfect and their bread turns out like a brick. They even lose their temper, forget to do the bills, and they come late to church. The secret is out. Nobody is a perfect mother. Nobody.
I have to bring this up because I’d like to share a few comments I have been the recipient of over the years.
“It is amazing how you are always on time for church even with all your little ones.” Not true, but in their mind, I was always on time. I tried to make it an important point to be there on time, but sometimes a diaper would be loaded up just when it is time to go. I’d get up late and be scrambling to make it there before Sunday school, or one of the children would ruin their clothes just as we were going out the door. But, in their mind, I was always on time.