For the mommas:
For the days the baby cries more than coos, For the hours spent spray and washing formula stains out of onesies, For the midnight feedings, For the 3am musical beds, For the homework left at home, For the high fevers and deep coughs, For the picky eaters and the vomiters, For the disrespectful teen, For the back-talking tween, For the dysfunctional adult child, For the tears and the years of snuggling, pushing away and coming back,
For whatever your kids are throwing at you today—wherever you're feeling less than, ill-equipped or losin' it—
Remember that God has begun a beautiful work that He is faithfully working out in your life. And it won't ever be complete on this earth. But one day, his work—that feels a whole lot like gut-wrenching heartache, patiently waiting, unconditional love and your greatest fears and joys— this work of mothering—this work will be gloriously complete. And it will be beautiful.
We can't control every choice our kids will make. But we can be faithful to our own sanctification process. We can be faithful to our part and leave the rest in the hands of the Savior.
Stay. Stay faithful. Stay alert. Stay In the Word. Stay on your knees. Stay closest to the Father.
There will be days of great joy and great sorrow as you grow as a mom. There will be moments of triumph and moments of shame—Because of your behavior, your reaction, your response. And the enemy will try to smother you in regret and second guesses and what ifs and if only's.
But chin up. God always finishes what He starts and He has begun a good, a holy, a righteous work in you. The completion date may not be known but it is promised and God always keeps His promises.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Phil. 1:6