It’s been a day.
Well, kind of a week.
Um… when I’m really thinking about it? It’s been a heck-of-a-six-months around here.
(Anyone else agree?)
But today was especially hard for me.
My “baby” (her cute 13-year-old-self), got a hard prognosis for knee surgery and a few unanswered questions, and good gravy, this momma’s heart just simply ached right next to hers today.
(NOTHING major in the grand scheme of things. She tore her ACL and is still growing, so we're trying to figure out best options ~ but still it hurt this soccer-loving-happy-tumbling-always-likes-to-be-doing-someting-other-than-sitting girl!)
I couldn’t fix it.
Couldn’t make it one single bit better.
Couldn’t take even an ounce of this girl’s sorrow, pain or loss away.
The only thing I could do was the one thing she needed most, and honestly the only thing I feel like I’ve maybe gotten right a few times as a mom.
At bedtime ~ even though normally she heads off to bed by herself, I climbed right up beside her.
Braided her hair so it’ll have “fancy” waves for school.
Wrapped my arms around her, snuggled her in so close,
And quietly remembered to pray.
I bragged on her to God for a solid seven minutes.
Let Him know how awesome it was that He made her heart so strong, her mind so willing to always pivot, and thanked Him one more time for the way He uniquely gifted her with the sweetest perspective on just about all the things.
(Never in my life have I known such a deeply optimistic human. God just gifted her that way and goodness, it’s so fun to watch each day!)
As I prayed, I could feel her tension wash away.
She snuggled down, wrapped my arms around her tight, and quietly drifted off to sleep in peace after what was just a hard hard day.
Moms of little ones.
Gosh I know you’re tired.
Goodness I know you’d rather scroll through Instagram.
And I know these days especially right now add an extra dose of weariness at the end of your day.
But I encourage you today ~ pray with your babies.
Praise them for their awesome stuff, ask God for extra energy to help you manage the not-so-awesome stuff, and trust Him for the rest.
Start praying with them today (so when they’re quirky teenagers and you climb on up in their bed, it doesn’t feel quite so weird). 🙂
They’ll just remember you’re the crazy momma who’s always been praying, and on the day when they need it and you need it too, they might just come cozy right up to you.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.” Ephesians 4:6-7
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