Failing Motherhood (And why I want my kids to know)

Updated: Feb 25, 2019



Lately, more than ever, I have felt like there’s not enough of me.


As a mom, I have felt like on some level I am failing.


Because my little one is having seizures, and there’s nothing I can do to stop them.


And, amidst the specialist appointments, and ambulance rides, and normal day to day responsibilities, it has felt heavy. This burden of motherhood has felt like a larger burden than I am accustomed to carrying.


And then, I realize that along the ride, my other kids have had to take a back seat.


And I feel guilty.


I feel guilty that those regular daily pre-school lessons have suddenly stopped.


I feel guilty because I spend more time holding that baby and less time snuggling with my big babies.


And then, if I do the opposite, I feel guilty that the baby has not been held more.


I feel guilty because my lap is not big enough for all of them. And my energy level does not always allow me to run and play like I have in the past. And, there have been no planned activities or extra outings.


And, I am tired, but when I finally dose off for a nap, I feel guilty, because what if that little one has a seizure while I sleep.


I feel guilty because my 3 year old has eaten nothing today besides the chips he sneakily grabs from the cabinet while I’m nursing the baby, or changing a diaper.


And, I think How am I supposed to do this?


How am I supposed to meet the needs of 3 little people at one time?


I take a moment for myself to breathe, and then I feel guilty all over again, because moms are not supposed to get moments to themselves to breathe, are they?


Even as I write these words, the guilt overwhelms me.


I can never be enough for them.


But, that’s it. Isn’t it?




I can NEVER be enough for them.


I can NEVER fix all of their problems, no matter how badly I want to.


I can NEVER love them enough to fulfill all the love that they need.


Because I’m just me. I’m a flawed, messed up person, who happens to be blessed with the task of mothering these babies.


So, today I stop trying to be enough.


Maybe it’s OK for them to see that I’m not. For them to know that I am going to let them down.


Because my hope is, that in my failure, I point them to the one who will never fail them.


That in my insufficiency, I point them to the one who is sufficient, un-waivering, ENOUGH.


May they see my weakness, and in that, seek His strength.


2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.


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