Finding the Balance Between the “Ifs” and “Yes’s” of Motherhood

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A look of defeat forms on her sweet face. The thought comes to my mind..

 …have I been putting too much pressure on her lately?

“Sweetie, do you feel like mommy has been asking too much from you?”

She looks up at me, her eyes filling mine with the overwhelming answer.

I knew instantly her reaction was genuine. I knew it because I felt the undeniable sense of the Lord’s conviction.

I had been expecting far too much of her over the past few weeks, and I had not been giving her the assurance that she was, unknowingly, desperately seeking.

She nods her head as the tears start streaming down her cheek. I pull her close as I feel the warm moisture begin to flood my own.

It’s a moment I despise, yet cherish at the same time. The emotion pierces my heart to its core, yet gratitude rises from the wound. I loathe the fact that I’ve caused her to feel this way, yet I’m thankful the Lord opened my eyes to its truth.

As a mom, I want to find a healthy balance in showing my conditional and my unconditional approval towards my children.

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  4 comments for “Finding the Balance Between the “Ifs” and “Yes’s” of Motherhood

  1. April 4, 2016 at 11:51 am

    How precious – that recognition, the forgiveness and the unconditional love and bonding that follows.

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  2. April 4, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    You fixed it before it is too late. My kids are grown; there are always regrets. It can be a crack in the wall for Satan to beat you down. Stay in the Word, spread the forgiveness, and above all else, keep praying.

    And if that picture is her…what a little Sweetheart!

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  3. May 30, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Parenting is finding that tough balance of setting good expectations and understanding that they are still learning. Keep up the good work!

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