Motherhood: The tattered cape - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Communitylife

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Motherhood: The tattered cape

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 11:00 pm

It’s hard to describe, isn’t it? It is …a bittersweet heartache. It is watching your hopes and dreams walk. It is peering into the future. It is reconciling with the past. It is messy; it is chaotic. It is self-doubt and raw vulnerability. But it is also joy. It is the courage of a lion, the tenacity of a bloodhound, and the gentleness of a sparrow. It is motherhood.

I’m thinking deep thoughts about motherhood today because … well, yesterday I had it licked. The house was tidy and my precious brood toted signed permission slips and nutritious lunches to school. We practiced devotions; I artfully negotiated sibling battles. Plus, I managed to submit an article under deadline and spend a few quality moments with my husband. Yeah, this motherhood thing was a piece of cake … yesterday.

Today, I feel like that haggard mother you see in Target yelling at her child. Fed up. Battle weary. And most of all, feeling guilty for failing to model Christ like behavior myself. I’m certain this never happens at your house, but around here, mornings are … well, difficult. That shiny “Supermom” cape I wore so proudly yesterday was full of holes today. And during the scramble for a missing shoe, the fight over the last granola bar and a refusal to wear the special shirt for chapel day at preschool … well, my response was a far cry from the woman’s who ran the show in my house yesterday.

This is motherhood, and it is nothing if it isn’t humbling. One minute you’ve got it all going on, and the next you’re ready to run for the hills. All the advice from the experts pretty much flies out the window when you’re trying to get out the door on time. Yes, I know I should practice consistency, exert my parental authority and remain calm but firm. The Bible says we are to “train a child in the way he should go…” (Proverbs 22:6) and that kind of discipline takes time, patience and an iron will.

But could someone please explain how to do that when it’s one of those moments? You know, when the cub you’d give your life for screams they hate you? While you’re trying to simultaneously make breakfast and offer advice for friendship issues and grab that paperwork you almost forgot to sign and coax a groggy 4-year-old out of bed? Because if you have that answer, I will buy your book and sing its praises to all the other inquiring moms who want to know.

Me, I always look to my savior for help and inspiration and redemption. Even God could not make Adam and Eve obey. I wonder if he looks at us and shakes His head, watching our petty squabbles. Being a Christian mother isn’t about being a perfect one. But it is this all-consuming role that also helps me understand how much He depends on us to carry out His will.

Like our gracious God, mothers are life-givers. We nurture and sustain and we forgive and we see the very best in our children. We love them unconditionally, without end, even when they disappoint us. And our father in heaven promises us rest, so we have the energy to do it all (Psalm 23). We may not forgive ourselves when we fail, but He does. 

It’s a good thing, because that Supermom cape never really fit me anyway. My prayer is that this Mother’s Day your children “rise up and call you blessed” (Proverbs 31:28). Or at least, just not call you to make breakfast.

 

Diane Meehl practices real motherhood in Ahwatukee Foothills, where she lives with her husband and three children. They worship at Mountain View Lutheran Church.

More about

  • Discuss

Kerry’s Blunt Words for Israel Denounced by Lawmakers in Both Parties

A bipartisan chorus of lawmakers, upset with President Obama’s decision last week to allow the passage of a United Nations resolution condemni…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 10:14 am @ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/28/us/politics/john…

Gov. Brown Appoints New Public Utility Commissioners to Replace Florio and Sandoval

Martha Guzman Aceves and Clifford Rechtschaffen both come from the governor’s office with strong environmental protection backgrounds. Martha …

Published: December 31, 2016 - 10:14 am @ https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/gov.-…

Obama preparing to penalize Russia for hacking

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing to penalize Russia over the hacking of Democratic officials during this year's presidential…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 10:16 am @ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/1…

Presidential vote in congressional districts points to Democratic risks in 2018

Democrats started the 2016 election cycle with pessimism about their chances of taking back the House of Representatives. For a few moments th…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 10:13 am @ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/…

Mail truck tips on Mesa street

MESA, Ariz. - A mail truck ended up on its side in a crash Wednesday. Mesa police say a single-vehicle collision left the United States Postal…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 10:12 am @ http://www.12news.com/news/local/valley/mail-truck…

Reports of mall disturbances light up social media

A flurry of reports of mall melees and disturbances rippled across social media Monday on a day Americans swarmed shopping hubs for post-holid…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 9:51 am @ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/12/…

Star New Brunswick cyclist Ellen Watters dies from crash injuries

Ellen Watters, a Canadian competitive cyclist critically injured in a collision with a car while on a training ride in Sussex, N.B., Dec. 23, …

Published: December 31, 2016 - 9:14 am @ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/ellen-…

Graham, McCain want Russia sanctions after election hacking

Top Republican senators said Wednesday that the incoming Congress and President-elect Donald Trump should impose new and tougher sanctions on …

Published: December 31, 2016 - 9:13 am @ http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/28/graham-…

Immigration Is the Only Hope for States That Helped Trump

The decline of manufacturing does not explain the decline of Wisconsin. Photographer: Daniel Acker/BloombergFacebook Twitter Email Print Share…

Published: December 31, 2016 - 7:17 am @ https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-12-28…

Creator of the Red Solo Cup dies at 84

FOX 32 NEWS - The creator of the Red Solo Cup died on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the age of 84. Robert Leo Hulseman lived in Northfield, …

Published: December 31, 2016 - 7:07 am @ http://www.fox4news.com/trending/225996868-story

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…