I wouldn’t be a mom without the poop. I wouldn’t be a mom without the rain. I wouldn’t be a mom without the pain.

It’s absolutely the hardest thing, and above that the absolute best thing.

I am thankful to God for giving me extra light and extra love for all the hard places.

My children are so brilliant, and quite honestly, they have saved me. I pray for an amazing beautiful presence filled life for them. And a life filled with consistent unconditional love.

They astonish me with their love, and they teach me what’s important each day. The days I am so tired and stuck in the car, they meet me where I’m at, and they make me laugh.

Not too long ago I said I wish I was a better mom…all the time…to the Lord, and truth be told I’ve apologized to my daughters again that I have not had the energy and wisdom to do better. There are days and weeks I simply can not do the laundry. And oh what love they consistently show me no matter what. When I said this to God not that long ago about being a better mom, he said stop it now. There is no better mom. There is no better mom.

I love you now, I loved you then; and I will always love you right where you’re at. I will not love you more when the laundry and dishes are done. I will not love you more when you’re at the top. I am everywhere. And sometimes it takes meeting me at the bottom below the mountain to recognize that.

Unconditional love meets us where we’re at. God knows the trials and the pain, and He’s there to hold us, and cry with us. And show us love be it through our children, or however he does. He knows our language, which is unique to every mother. And sometimes the people we do life with, could very well have the opposite love language. Jesus is the glue. Finding the gold in one another, and empowering one another like He did is the way, the truth, and the life.

He said you are a good mom. I love your mess, and I want you to love your mess.

and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.

Luke 7:38

This really happened. Despite the criticism that was all around her, she did it anyway. All of her is all about Jesus. When the world didn’t get it, Jesus did. He is always a safe place to run to when we don’t know what to do with the tears, the criticism, the past, the oil, the everything. Jesus meets us right where we’re at, and always shows us unconditional love with open arms. When we worship him and adore him, He is washing us, purifying is, and setting us free. With Him it is possible.

Have a Shalom filled, Jesus uniting empowering Mothers Day…including car naps!

Love, Bethany

Mom blessed

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