Friday, November 6, 2009

i've got this, God.

the day i learned of this tragedy (a family of five being killed in a car accident) was just one of those days...weeks really. the kind you feel powerless as a mother. the kind where all you can say is, "Jesus, help me."

can i be honest?

there are several areas of life i think i can do without His help. if you know me well, you've heard me say it before. if you don't... then welcome to my closet - the place where dark corners so desperately need His light! God has gifted me in such a way, with skills in certain areas, that i often live independently of Him & "get by".... in the classroom, in leadership positions at work or in ministry, in important relationships... you get the picture.

this of course is a fallacy...
oh, the sin & folly of self-reliance.

"i've got this, God."

and then i became a mother.

i have always said that parenthood is the crucified life...
the call requires dying to self & all of those self-centered, self-reliant, self-exalting tendencies that i am so good at.

dependent on Him, supplied with His strength, living by faith... moment by moment.

..."and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." galatians 2:20

i don't have it at all. i need God. desperately.

this call of motherhood reminds me...
every day
every tantrum
stomach virus
pile of laundry
or sippie cup filled with curdled milk
i need God.

He has been teaching me most through a certain son that i love. davis - full of heart... an equal amount of spirit.

who me?

a few days ago i stumbled upon our day care's monthly newsletter. curious about toddler happenings i began to read...

"___ is working hard at potty training. ___ loves the home center. ____ vocabulary has exploded. ____ loves the block center. ____ builds houses & forts. ____ is a leader. ___ is always eager to help."

drumroll please

" and davis has improved quite a bit on his social skills."

"that's great!" you might say.
all kids need to improve social skills, right?
in fact, that is what i do for a living (at home & at work) children to develop their social skills.

but i'll let you in on a dirty little secret...
this is teacher code for "davis has behavior concerns."

thankfully, i too, speak teacher code & do not take offense.
i know this to be true of davis, son that i love...
son that i learn from.
do i wish it wasn't announced in a school-wide publication? absolutely.
has God used it to strengthen dependence, deepen humility, & widen my sense of humor? most definitely.

thank you, Lord, for reminding me that i can do nothing apart from you. and thank you for the gift of motherhood... that which makes us lowly when we begin to believe otherwise.

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. john 15:5


  1. andrea, what a beautiful post. I am sooooo with you in the self-reliance, and I feel the Lord peeling every. single. layer off daily. What are we to try this thing on our own?

    God is working mightily in you and through you, and I trust that He is getting much glory, even when we are humbled!

  2. I dont often post but always reading....what a great post and definitely spoke to me as a mommy to a spirited young boy, too! thanks for the well said and well timed post! :)

  3. I LOVE THIS>>you are one of the godliest, most humble, and soft-hearted people i have ever know!
    Adore you


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