Comparing Motherhood

I admit, I only listened to the first and second of Dr. Meg Meeker’s Family Life Radio talks and have not viewed her whole website.  But, I really like the basic concepts she is talking about.  (Thanks Linda (wife of ReCAST Pastor) for sharing the link to this!)

Meg highlights how mothers compare themselves to other mothers – a keeping up with the Jones’.  Are we as in shape as another mom?  Do we give our kids as much or more than other kids get?  Are they getting enough education and special opportunities?  Are we spending enough time with them?  Is our house clean or big enough?  Are we personally volunteering enough or running enough programs?

I admit to wishing for the opportunity to have a “sleep-over” with other women as I had overheard dropping my son off at preschool.  My body would be much more in shape if I was spending a few times a week at the gym rather than working, but also by working I am accomplishing other goals.  Should we really encourage our son towards hockey?

Christ reminds us to look towards God and have our faith direct us.  We are all so different and our kids are all so different.  What works for our family may not work for another family.

What do you need to do today to make sure your kids know they are loved?  What do you pray for them when they are grown?

Let us keep our hearts and lives pointed towards God, open to God’s direction in all aspects of our lives.

Lord, help me find ways to look towards you for guidance – not towards the “stuff” that surrounds us and diverts us from who you have called us to be.  Amen.

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About SFriant

A mom and wife trying to live deliberately and spiritually in a crazy world.
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