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As mother, I believe we all know and, at least intellectually, understand that there is no such thing as perfect. But what we believe and what our actions reflect can tell a very different story. Sometimes we are holding onto beliefs about ourselves we don't even know are there. They have embedded themselves so deeply into our psyche we think they are part of us, and that we have no choice but to act out on them.
For years, I had visions of the type of mom I would be. Calm, quiet, organized, patient, loving, creative I was going to be all those things and much more.Then I stepped into a new phase of life- Motherhood. And very quickly, I realized I was not at all as patient as I thought I was!
Motherhood has shaped me, broken me, changed me, humbled me, and caused me to rely upon God more than ever before. And one of the most important lessons I've learned so far is to give up on perfect. Its fantastic to want to be the best mom I can be. I want to love my baby well. I want to set a good example before my baby. I want to invest, love, and nurture my kid.But its impossible to do a perfect job. I will make mistakes. I will lose my temper. I will get frustrated. Things wont be all neat and orderly all the time. I will have days when I feel overwhelmed. I will have days when life feels hard. Trying to be a perfect mom only set me up for frustration. Giving up on perfect has brought much more peace and joy to our whole family. No matter how hard you try,you won't become a perfect mother. Try to be a wonderful mother and spend more time with your kids instead of dwelling on your mistakes.
"Tomorrow I will be the greatest mom. But I probably won't. And I have to be OK with that."