A Mother’s Love

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By Andrea Perdue

While raising my children I was not as emotionally and spiritually healthy as I should have been. On most days, I was overcome with my own painful issues. I longed desperately to protect them, teach them, and live a God-centered life before them. On many levels I failed.

I’ve asked both God and my children to forgive me and they have, but often I question myself about what might have been if I had “gotten it right.” Why am I still hanging onto past mistakes and failures when they have been forgiven?

At the heart of each question is a mom who longs for each of her children to be happy and healthy (spiritually, physically, and emotionally). Instead of being consumed with a state of questioning, I must trust GOD with each of their lives and those whom He brings into them.

Jesus took my sins to the cross and I must leave them there. So, if you are like me and you are worrying about what you didn’t “get right” while raising your children I pray you will leave it at the foot of the cross, continue to focus on Him who loves you most, and run the race He has set before you.

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 NIV

“…as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12 NIV

A mother’s love is powerful, but even greater is the love of our Heavenly Father and He stands ready to heal and restore each of us. Will you stop worrying about what you cannot change and embrace the freedom of heart offered through Jesus?

 

phone pics 121Andrea Perdue.  I’m a wife, mom to a blended family, nana, and friend who embraces life seeking to become the person God created me to be. My days are full, but there is always time for writing, reading, and sharing Jesus grace and love with others. It’s my prayer God will use me in the craziness of each day. Please connect with Andre at  Arise2Write or on faceook.com./andrea.perdue

10 Responses to A Mother’s Love

  1. You speak to every women’s heart, especially moms. Your advice for us is stellar: take it to the cross and leave it there focusing on Jesus as we raise our children or proceed with our days ahead. Actually we are wise to remember that though flawed, and we all are, we have a perfect savior.

  2. I have been blessed to know and love you, through many of your struggles. You always point me to the cross…you love and forgive with a heart of grace. God is able to take our past and bloom it into treasures to be shared with others. I am grateful to be your sister in Jesus.

  3. Andrea: Our son is somewhat disabled. He went through a prolonged period as a adult trying to find work. It was rough and I thought he would never find work–lasting work. When he was younger I prayed for him to be able to be ‘successful’ in God’s eyes, able to be self-supporting. It finally happened just over 3 1/2 years ago. We loved him and allowed him to live in our home until he was 40 years old.

  4. Thanks for sharing this, Andrea. It is so good to remember that no matter what has happened in the past, no matter what mistakes we may have made, God loves us! He forgives, heals, shapes and grows us. Leaving our failures at the cross is where they should be because Jesus went there for just that purpose!

    Blessings, Joan

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