Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Crowned Greatest Mother! :)

Sorry ladies.  I'm the greatest mom. 

Logan said so, and he's one smart 5 year old.  ;)

What on earth did I do to deserve this noble award, you might ask?

I simply made pancakes for breakfast and provided some warm comfy jogging pants for him to wear on this cold, rainy morning.   

Not every morning can be this storybook perfect, though.

Some mornings, it seems that no matter what I do, I cannot please him.  Getting up at 5:30 a.m. is not always easy for a 5 year old (or a thirty-something year old!!).  On mornings like these I quickly find that I am in desperate need of an extra shot of grace with my coffee and a side of patience with my breakfast.

Why is it that even though I make breakfast every morning and have never sent him to school naked, my similar efforts are met with such different attitudes on any given morning?

This morning I was praised to the highest degree...crowned world's greatest mother and clothed in gratitude and appreciation! 

Other times, not so much.

Sometimes my efforts, provision and love go unnoticed.  There is no appreciation, no thanksgiving and definitely no crown to be found.  Instead, I am met with all the reasons why he doesn't want to go to school, whining and complaining about how early it is and sometimes I even get a little feet stomping with arms crossed and lips pouting! ;)

I guess he sometimes forgets that I am the greatest mother.

How often do we - like our children with us - take for granted that God is going to provide for us and meet our every need?  Or forgive us?  Or heal us? 

Do we just expect that His mercy is new every morning and think it's no big deal?

Has He become "common" and familiar to us?

Have we replaced praise, thanksgiving and gratitude with grumbling, complaining and whining?

Let us get up tomorrow with praise on our lips and thanksgiving in our heart for the One who is truly the greatest!  Let us recognize His goodness and mercy in our life and remember that it really is a big deal. :)

"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him, and bless His name, For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations." Psalm 100:4-5 

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8 friends had this to say:

Sharon Kirby said...

Shelly - This was really good. It started with such a warm "mom" moment - and then ended with such a good spiritual application.

Here's the line I liked most: "Let us recognize His goodness and mercy in our life and remember that it really is a big deal."

May I never take God for granted, or forget that He takes care of me every day. May I cease the grumbling that seems to come too easily some days. May I wake rejoicing in His faithfulness.

Thanks for the reminder - Mom!

GOD BLESS!

Desiray said...

It's those small things that we do that makes our children smile and happy..God bless you and your family

Shiny Boxes said...

You are always the best mom ever! (As long as that sweet boy thinks so.)

What a wonderful perspective. I know I can sure see things like a stomping around little 5 year old.

Thanks for sharing. I will enter His courts with song and Thanksgiving!

Blessings,
Maurya

Kandi said...

Shelly,

I loved this so much. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the busyness our our lives we can easily take things for granted. Blessings and a have a very happy Thanksgiving.

KELLY W said...

Great post! It is the little things that make life so grand! Thanks for sharing!!

Pam said...

What a great reminder, Shelly. Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Sweet Blessings,
Pam

Rachel Olsen said...

I'm startng my day with praise on my lips and thankfulness in my heart. GREAT reminder!

Thanks for this post, Shelly.

Happy Thanksgiving! ~Rachel

Caroline said...

What a great post here, Shelly! Wonderfully written, and I love, love Psalm 100. Most of all, I love that reminder to live aware of God's graceful gifts. Thank you for this post!