Thursday, February 16, 2012

Crowned World's Greatest Mother

(For the next couple of weeks I will be re-posting some of my previous posts to give me time to finish a writing project I am currently working on. This post is from November 3, 2010.)

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

4 friends had this to say:

AmyAlves said...

Hi Shelly! This is a brilliant post! I'm also a mother, so I appreciate your creativity with this. :) My pastor just preached on the 100th Psalm yesterday. I get invited TODAY to enter in to praise the greatest and one true GOD! Thanks Shelly! -Blessings to you, Amy Alves

Wendy Paine Miller said...

One of my novels asks this question: What does it mean to be a mother? You nailed so many of the things I feel as a mom.

And I'm thankful I too have never sent my children to school naked. ;)

~ Wendy

Shelly said...

Thanks for stopping by, Amy and Wendy! I'm sure we, as mothers, could share a lot of interesting stories! lol :)


Dorothy Adamek said...

Pancake making mums are the best kind! No wonder you are highly praised :)

Great reminder to wake up eager to give praise. We know there will never be a morning where God is not worthy!

Thanks for the blessing, Shelly ;)