Not perfect…

15 October 2012

The phrase ‘Life wasn’t meant to be easy’ certainly comes to mind for my life at present.  I feel like I am living in limbo, unable to get clear direction about what next year will hold for myself and family and in the midst of it, just trying to carry on as ‘normal’ when life isn’t really normal! Yes life certainly is not always easy and definitely the journey of motherhood brings about its share of ups and downs.

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In this past week I have felt like my mothering skills have not been too flash with a continuous fight with head lice, my son having a skin condition, my daughter starting a real attitude thing and trying to deal with this myself as my husband is working away.  Lately I have really been thinking ‘What sort of mother am I?’ as I don’t seem to be having much success!

Well the answer really is quite simple for me and I have to remember this every time I fall into these uneasy times of mothering.  I am the mother that God has given to these children and he did so knowing that I was the best mother for them!  I am definitely not perfect, but perfect for them.  No matter how the road travels, God has given me the common sense I need to raise these children well AND I don’t have to do this alone.  Even when my husband is away, God is right here with me…willing to love me and help me through the good and bad.

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As our theme verse has stated this year, ‘God does not want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.’ (2 Timother 1:7)  It is so easy for us to put ourselves down, but that is not how God has designed us.  We are amazing people with gifts that will benefit our children and the people that we come in contact with both close and distant.

Please remember that you are an amazing mother for your children, no matter the situation and that God is right there with you every step of the way, to help and guide you in your own personal journey of mothering.

God bless you!

Vanessa Ralph

Mt. Louisa MOPS, QLD

6 Responses to “Not perfect…”

  1. SquiggleMum says:

    Vanessa, I could have written that first paragraph myself! Each time I panic about the unclear path ahead, this verse comes to mind:

    “Wait for the LORD. Be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14)

    Hope it encourages you too. xx

  2. Kendall says:

    My goodness- What you have written today- feels like you took teh words right out of my mouth. Struggling with my health and the impact it is having on my mothering, combined with the entire family adjusting to life with a new addition to the family, your words spoke right into my heart.
    Thank you for your words. Today you have made a difference in my life 🙂

  3. Louise - MOPS Seaton SA says:

    I love this I found on pinterest. I have it on my pin board at home and it encourages me daily. Hope it encourages you too.

  4. Vanessa Ralph says:

    Thanks Cath. Just what I need to remember 🙂
    Kendall, glad my few words made an impact. Certainly sounds like you have a lot happening!
    Louise – Love it!!!!

  5. Anji- MOPS Marion says:

    Heard about this blog at a recent MOPS conference, and thought I would check it out. Very encouraging and a great read. Look forward to more. Thanks Vanessa Ralph. Blessings

  6. Tammy says:

    Your writing was very heartfelt and appreciated by alot of mum’s i am sure. Life is full of ups and downs (and dreaded head lice!) and we never really know which way it will turn. Rest assured Gods hand is involved even if you cant see it.

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