You’ve heard that confession is good for the soul. Well to me, my life seems normal. (And just so you know, this is not the confession part. This is a simple statement of one normal-ish mom who’s taking one crazy day at a time, looking for ways to live her life more fully and completely for Christ.)
As a busy mama, my average day is filled with many mistakes, a plethora of apologies, loads of laughter, and on most days, a lot of love.
My hope is that you will see a little bit of yourself in my words. And if truth be told, I’m really secretly hoping that I’m not alone in these confessions. For we do some pretty crazy things as moms. (Psst. Remember that podcast episode on all the things we hide? Laundry, dishes, paperwork, mistakes, bad days… Yup – we’ve tried to hide them all.)
Maybe you’ll laugh at the things we do; maybe even relate to some of the mistakes. But most of all, I pray that you will come away amazed by God’s grace and the goodness He displays every day in our lives. For He is a good God.
PINTEREST CONFESSION: Sometimes I pin things to feel a sense of completion. Like I made all those recipes, conquered all those DIY projects, read all those books, and did all those memorable crafts with my kids. But I haven’t actually done a single one of those things! I’m still in my yoga pants, sitting with my laptop, drinking my morning coffee, and playing referee from the living room couch.
LAUNDRY CONFESSION: Sometimes I don’t wash my own clothes because I don’t want to add to the laundry pile. I wear and re-wear items beyond the point of stank. It’s my own personal version of reduce/reuse/recycle. And why do I do this? Great question. Goodness knows I don’t do that with my husband’s clothes or my kid’s clothes. They get fresh washed items every day. Hmmm. Maybe I need to rethink this one. Where’s Alice from The Brady Bunch when I need her?!
BATHROOM CONFESSION: Sometimes I act like I need to use the bathroom just to shut the door and have a little quiet time. All by myself. For a few glorious seconds, all is calm, and all is whine-free and Lego-free. Sometimes I even turn the faucet on to add to the peaceful tranquility effect. And who would question mom for properly washing her hands?! Don’t worry – I do actually wash my hands when I’m done with my mommy time-out and pulling all my hair out.
ARTS & CRAFTS CONFESSION: Sometimes I will remove a project off the fridge and hide it in a secret location for a month or two. Then if no one mentions it or mourns its loss, I discretely dispose of it in the outside garbage can. Seriously, if I kept every picture and every macaroni art project that has been made in this house, we’d have nowhere to sleep.
TECHY CONFESSION: Sometimes I shy away from technical things simply out of fear. And sometimes I wait a really looong time hoping that the techy trend will fade before I’m forced to learn it. Clear back when my family got our very first gihugic desktop computer, I was fearful. But I wanted to learn Tetris, so the fear had to be conquered. Now fast-forward 30 years, and I’ve been holding my breath most of the last year and a half in learning to blog, podcast, and utilize social media appropriately. Adding in anything else seemed potentially disastrous. Honestly, I don’t like people knowing too much about me. I might let them down. Or they may see that my life is full of imperfections and contradictions — which, duh, of course it is. So two weeks ago I finally bit the bullet and had Amanda show me the Instagram ropes. And now I’m hooked. I’m always taking pictures. Doing so helps me to see the situation fully and soak in the beauty of the moment. So of course, Instagram and I are getting along quite well. Needless fear. (If you’d like an inside peek into our everyday, feel free to follow the Instagram fun – @anne_reneegumley and @amanda_baconbits.)
PERFECTIONIST CONFESSION: Sometimes I do things just because I want them done right. When I know I should really be teaching my children to help me with that particular task. And then just the other day, I started thinking: What if God felt that way about me? I’m so glad He tenderly and patiently teaches me, giving me chance after chance despite my numerous mess-ups. He does not demand pristine perfection. Nor does He demand faultlessness. All that He asks for is willingness. A willingness and desire to try. To keep pursuing a relationship with Him, to humbly admit when I’ve messed up, moving forward — pressing toward the goal, and striving for the prize.
I know some of these confessions may seem a little silly. But underneath the light-heartedness is a deeper truth. Most of the time we don’t like our mistakes or idiosyncrasies to be revealed to the world. They can be embarrassing. But as we embrace our uniqueness and lock into the truth that we are a masterpiece, we begin to acknowledge that our quirks and our peculiarities are what make us one-of-a-kind. We just need to be aware of unhealthy habits that can form and look to Christ as the ultimate example of godly and gracious living.
So how about you? Do you have any mothering confessions you’d like to get off your chest? If so, we promise you: this is a safe place to share them. You will find many an understanding heart in our diverse Masterpiece Mom community. Because we’re in this adventure of motherhood together. We need each other. And together is a great place to be.