Mommy Monster

I have started a new Bible study this week titled “No More Perfect Moms” by Jill Savage. This study is exactly what I needed because unfortunately the Mommy Monster comes out at my house more than she should. You see, my name is Jenny and I am a perfectionist. However, this does not mesh well with mommy hood. Why? Because neither myself nor my daughters are perfect people. I know you are shocked by this revelation!

Its the unrealistic expectations that I bring upon myself and my girls that cause this monster to rear her ugly head. God is revealing to me that having these unrealistic expectations are going to make my life and my girls’ lives miserable. They will tear us apart and I am not willing to let that happen just so that the people around me can think that I am supermom.

What unrealistic expectations do you have? What could hinder your happiness? What could cause or is causing unneeded stress and pressure in your life?

Is it frustration that your body will not let you breastfeed? Because we all know that “you are a horrible mom because you aren’t nursing”. (PS, YOU ARE NOT A HORRIBLE MOM IF YOU CAN’T BREASTFEED)

Is it frustration that your 1 year old won’t potty train? Newsflash….they are still a baby! Stop making them grow up before they are developmentally ready? This is going to cause unnecessary frustration in your home. (Rant over)

Is it frustration because the other moms around you feed their children all organic, natural, vegan food at every meal and it is all you can do to get them fed, period? #mcdonaldsforthesecondtimethisweek

The list of frustrations could go on and on. My question to you: is it all worth it? Is it worth the anger, frustration, heartache, pain, drama, tears, and brokenness?

I am preaching to myself too when I say…don’t let the Mommy Monster come out because of unnecessary expectations.

Proverbs 14:1 “A wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.”

You can check out more from Jill Savage at her website http://www.nomoreperfect.com.

 

“All Things Are Become New”

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Since the day that both of our daughters were born we have been praying that they would develop a personal relationship with Jesus. As Christians, Philip and I know how important it is to have that relationship with the One True God. HE is the rock that we build our family on. HE is our light in the darkness. HE is our peace when hard times come. HE is our joy.

On January 21, 2017, Adilynn accepted Jesus as her personal savior! What an amazing day that was. She had been asking questions about salvation for many months before, but on this day she was ready to ask Him in to her heart. So, after our youngest daughter went to bed, Philip, Adilynn and I crawled up in our bed and we talked, cried, and prayed together. It will be a day I will never forget.

As Christians, we believe that the next step after salvation is baptism. We know that baptism is not what saves us, but it is an act of obedience that symbolizes our belief in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection along with the burial of our old self as we continue life with our new self. It is also our way of telling people that we are followers of Jesus! Adilynn knew that after asking Jesus into her heart she needed to be baptized, however she chose to wait until our family from out of town could be here.

My family came in earlier this week from Georgia and Oklahoma and they were able to witness Adilynn’s baptism last night at church. It will be a day that I, and I know Adilynn, will never forget.

Salvation is a free gift that exceeds any material thing you could ever receive on this earth and you DO NOT have to do anything extreme or amazing in order to receive it. All you need to do is admit you are a sinner in need of a Savior,  believe that Jesus died and rose again, and ask him to become the Lord of your life.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. -Romans 10:9