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Sweet Sixteen

Mama, you've given it your all. You've beaten yourself up with guilt for the times you didn't feel you gave enough. You've been determined and committed and exhausted and defeated. Despite your best efforts to keep everything under control, you've found chaos.

Your New Year goals are already raising a judgmental eyebrow. Your pinterest-worthy pictures have cropped out the cheerios glued to the table with yesterday's milk sugar. You doubt your worth and you doubt your abilities, all while striving to get it together. But what if you never "get it together?"

The Lord is not asking you to try harder. He's asking you to taste and see that He is good. With all your imperfections, trust Him. With all of it. With all of you. Trust Him.

Psalm 119:103

I read yesterday that waiting to come to God until after we clean up our lives is like having your leg cut off, but waiting until the bleeding stops to go to the hospital. We know this for our salvation, but what about our Motherhood? We make up rules for our lives and we start to believe them. We start to believe that God can't bless me in this area until I've perfected that area.

I desire to be a sweet mom with sweet words, and yet I find myself being a sarcastic mom with snarling words. I can't change this, but I can make every effort to speak in love and I can commit this part of my life to the Lord, leaning on Him to be strong where I am weak. Where are you weak? Are you walking in pride? Are you walking in fear? What do you need to trust Him with today?

My prayer for all of us this year is that 2016 is truly a sweet 16. Our purpose is to glorify Him and to enjoy Him forever. He is glorified when we yield control. He is glorified when we read His Holy Word and let it change our hearts. He is glorified when we enjoy the sweetness of life He has given.


  1. Well, you made me cry. This boy-goes-to-school thing is breaking my heart, but I need to trust that this is best and let God have it. Thank you, friend.


"Man lives by affirmation even more than by bread." - Victor Hugo