No one will deny that parenting comes with challenges.
Like me, you may have a child figuring out how to navigate a mental health issue. Or perhaps chronic illness, be it for yourself or your child, adds a layer of toughness to your life. There is, of course, the day to day trials to endure as well—bickering, tantrums, never-ending housework, questions about parenting moves we make.
But here’s the thing I’m starting to understand about being a mom:
The biggest parenting challenge we face is losing hope.
Without hope, we allow our failures, our sin, and our inadequacy to break us from the inside out.Without hope we listen to the lie that we achieve our worth rather than receive our worth. Click To Tweet
When you feel like a failure as a mom, it can be hard to find hope in God.
For years, I attempted to find my worth inside a dark room that I shared with parenting missteps, mom guilt, and unmet expectations. I felt trapped inside of walls I desperately wanted to break through.
Somewhere in between the smiles, hugs, and child firsts, I lost myself in the failures. And as I searched for a way out of the despair, hopelessness crept in…