So, this morning at our house we had a crisis of the 4th grade girl proportion. It was spirit-wear day at school, but Alyssa couldn't find a clean pair of jeans or leggings to wear. At the moment, she only has 1 pair of jeans, and they were dirty from Saturday. The leggings...well, I'm guessing they were somewhere in the heap of a mess in her pants drawer.
Ugh. I felt so frustrated. And I immediately blamed myself. I should have put the laundry in the dryer before I went to bed last night. I could have put it in the dryer right when I woke up. I should have gotten her more jeans over the weekend....I have failed....my daughter does not have the proper pants to wear for spirit-wear day. I have failed.
Have you ever been there, moms?
I find myself here often. But, I have grown wiser today, you see. I am reading The Best Yes, by Lysa TerKeurst. And just today (for real), she showed us mammas how we tend to draw straight lines from our child's shortcomings to our weaknesses.
She suggests we, instead, draw that line from our child's shortcomings to our mothering strengths.Yes! That makes sense to me. God gave her to me because he knew she would need my organization skills to seep into her blood!
So, rather than beating myself up for not getting the jeans washed in time or knowing where the darn leggings are, I can rest in the fact that I can use my strength in organization to teach her more about organization so she can make better choices for herself in the future -- i.e. a more organized drawer!
Yes! That feels so much better!