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Sarah Mae has a past that would be her present if it weren’t for Jesus. A blogger, author, and co-author of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, she’s currently writing The Complicated Heart, a book for broken-hearted lovers of Jesus. Learn more at @thecomplicatedheart on Instagram or...

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  1. One comforting truth that keeps me swimming in this big ocean of mothering is that my weakness is a powerful claim on God’s mercy. In a way, Sarah, we are almost in a privileged position–no illusions on our part that we’ve got this thing! Our failures have already sent us running to God, so we KNOW that we need Him to parent us as we parent our kids.
    Resting in this truth today!

  2. Sarah Mae,

    I’m the youngest of four children. When I came my parents were older (40s). They didn’t show or teach me how to do basic stuff – cooking. I learned how to clean a house & keep a budget, but that’s it. No long talks about anything. Parenting in this day & age is tough. God doesn’t call the qualified He will qualify the called. He will be there ready willing to help you in your times of need. I’ve never parented little ones, but I did have to parent my parents. There is no self help or how to book on that. Each one is different. I learned by doing & praying a lot. When times got really tough praise God He was there providing strength to carry on.

    Blessings 🙂

  3. Sarah,
    I recently bought I new toaster and it came with an instruction booklet….lol! This was not a one page guide, but a booklet. When I walked out of the hospital with my first child…there was no booklet, instruction manual, anything…just here you go and good luck. There have been times when I have pulled the covers over my head and said, “Lord, save my children from me!” I have asked Him why He chose me, of all people, to be the mother of my particular children. Sometimes I think they needed a stricter hand – someone not as emotional as I am. God has reminded me that He specifically chose me for my two and He knew what He was doing. There were many nights when, after they fell asleep, I would sit at the side of their bed and I would pray, “Lord, please fill in the gaps where I have fallen short today.” This became a nightly prayer and it helped me to believe that God does, indeed, fill in the gaps where we fall short. They were and are His children before they were ever mine for a temporary time.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Bev, your line “Lord, please fill in the gaps where I have fallen short today.” really resonated with me. My adult children are on there own and one of them has a family and are seeing how difficult it is at times to parent. I, too, often prayed “Save them from myself”. Even years later I have to trust that God is still filling in the gaps! Blessings, Cathy

    • Wow. I love that prayer and I need to start saying those words out loud every single night.

  4. I cannot express how much your words mean to me. I certainly do not feel like I am equipped for many areas of my life. It is comforting to know that I am not alone.

  5. God shows us “how to set the table” in everything we do, if we surrender to Him and ask Him to dinner.

  6. Sarah,
    That is so true and I know that parenting is HARD!!! I just wrote something similar to this on my new blog but its more about parenting special needs kids. ALL SO HARD for sure and without the Lord I would totally blow it!

  7. Amen. I will totally raise my teacup to that! I had a beautifully wonderful mother but I can’t live up to my own expectations let alone how great I remember my own mom being. Chronic illness also complicates things… The truth still applies even though I mourn only how much I’m not. So grateful I’m not called to be amazing; that’s God’s job. Which is nearly exactly what you said, “I will fall short, but He never will.“ I hang onto that. Thank you, Sarah Mae. May God continue to lavish His grace on desperately needy moms just trying to raise their kids for Him.