Wednesday, November 10, 2010

feelings of failure

Seems like more often than not, I feel like I am failing while trying to be the best mom I can be. Did I discipline the wrong way? Could I have handled that situation better? Blah, blah, blah. I just read a book that taught me a lot and reminded me that it's not just me who experiences these feelings. We all feel this way. Nobody's perfect, right? So I am posting this prayer from Dr. Dobson so I can come back to it quickly when I'm feeling down in my role as Mommy.

"Lord, You know my inadequacies.
You know my weaknesses, not only in parenting, but in every area of my life.
I did the best I could, but it wasn't good enough.
As You broke the fishes and the loaves to feed the five thousand,
now take my meager effort and use it to bless my family.
Make up for the things I did wrong. Satisfy the needs that I have not satisfied.
Wrap Your great arms around my children, and draw them close to You.
And be there when they stand at the great crossroads between right and wrong.
All I can give is my best, and I've done that.
Therefore, I submit to you my children and myself and the job I did as a parent.
The outcome now belongs to you."

Philippians 3:13-14
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.


4 tellin' me what I want to hear!:

Jess said...

This is a great prayer. Thanks for sharing it.

Minnie said...

Great prayer for young and old parents! We never stop praying for our children and trusting God for their protection and guidance through their lives... Being a parent is so challenging these days too...

Desiree said...

Wow, thanks for sharing. Now what was the name of that book? I struggle on a daily basis.

Nana said...

We've all been there, Steve and I to a greater degree, but as you can see God is faithful. Yes parenting is a greater challenge these days, and I'm glad God guides us through focus on the family and Dr. Dobson.

 
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