Mothers of Grace II – Inadequate, Imperfect, and Hopelessly Flawed

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When we pulled up to the house on Monday night after being at the THSC convention in Arlington last weekend, Ray commented on the beautiful flowers blooming in the garden. It is indeed ablaze in purple and white. On Tuesday afternoon, I aimed my camera carefully here and there (around the weeds) to take some pictures.

When I looked at this picture after I came back inside, I noticed that I had clipped a petal off one of the irises and that there is a spent blossom just above it.

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I thought about going back out and trying the irises again, but I noticed the beautiful curves on the spent iris. Even its gold color is pretty in the sunshine. God’s creations are still beautiful even when they aren’t in their prime.

Many years have passed since my second grade beauty contest, but comparing myself with other women is still a challenge. As much as I want to be like Mary Poppins, “practically perfect in every way,” I am much more like Jo in Little Women, “hopelessly flawed.” I have a desperate need for grace.

Do you feel inadequate, imperfect, hopelessly flawed? The truth is that you are, I am, and so are those other mothers we compare ourselves to. But that is why Jesus died.

Do you think you have to be perfect to do a good job with your children? God doesn’t think so. No other successful mother has ever been perfect.

Stop for a moment and think about the woman God chose to be your children’s mother. Out of all the women in the world — out of all the women in the history of the world — He chose you. He knew exactly what He was doing.

The Lord is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.
Psalm 145:17 

Even when He made you your children’s mama!

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  1. Thank you for revealing this truth! I forget that God knew what He was doing when He gave me my children. I will remember to remind myself of this when I’m stricken with insecurities!

  2. We all need to hear these words of grace, Charlene.
    May we always encourage each other!
    Love from another hopelessly flawed mother & friend,
    Olive