When I looked at this photograph of my daughter and I on the beach I thought, “be careful lil mama, be careful how you walk because little feet follow after you.” And it brought to mind the country song by Billy Currington, Walk a Little Straighter. It’s a powerful sad song. This line plays in my head quiet often…
If you’d look down here you’d see
Walk a little straighter, daddy
You’re leading me
When I became a mom I looked at that tiny, wrinkly face and reality hit me in the gut. There’s so much in my life I want to do better so that she will have a good example to follow!
Dealing with feelings of inadequacy go hand in hand with motherhood. The Enemy loves to tell us we aren’t good enough!
We can’t combat these feelings with a bigger to-do list! The battle begins in the heart and mind!
I’m going to quote the post I wrote in 2016 about this…
I sat down a few weeks ago to write my 2016 goals and my head started spinning. We had just found out this baby is a girl, little Elizabeth Anne, and my being a mom had suddenly become very real. So my head spun with all these plans of how to be a good parent- healthy and fun and strict but loving, of all the things i wanted to do before she arrived and all the things in my self I felt needed changing before being able to be that “perfect mom.”
It was overwhelming.
So I asked God, How can I be a good parent? and I opened up the Word.
And I read, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of scoffers, but his delight is in the instruction of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.” Ps 1:1-2
Then in my study book I read, “Prayer without ceasing is only possible in a life of continual thanks.” (One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp)
So my 2016 “goal” became simple: draw close to My heavenly Father. and how do I do that? By being in His Word (the Bible) and practicing thankfulness.
I pray that for you too, that amidst all your good resolutions and life’s chaos you take time to slow down and practice thankfulness. Intentionally look around and thank God for your life.
Feed your soul mama! Feed your heart on The Word of God for “everything you do flows from [you heart].” (Pro.4:23) And practice giving thanks! Give thanks for the little things so that your heart warms to the little hands that left window prints, the full bellies that left dishes, the laughter that resulted in mud baths.
You can only be the best version of yourself for your children if you are walking with and listening to the Lord.
And the easiest way to intentionally do that is to make reading the word a priority and practicing giving thanks.