Today has been a rough day, to say the least. Five kids home for spring break is no picnic! I’m crazy for having 6 pregnancies in 7 years, but hey, at least I have a good marriage.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids so much, it hurts. But today, their sinful natures got the best of them. Fighting, arguing, pummeling each other, toy napping, you get the idea. My brain literally feels fried to a crisp.

All the while, they look to me to love them anyway. To set the example of how to resolve conflict. Admittedly, I’ve failed many times in this area, considering my recent pregnancy and now sleep-deprivation from having a newborn.

Despite all of this stress abs suffering, God has challenged me to dig deep. Dig deep into His grace and mercy, for I cannot parent alone. Dig deep into His patience, because mine has long since run out. Dig deep into my love for my kids, because God challenges me to see them as blessings to my life, not burdens to bear.

Reflecting on the blessings our children are, I am humbled by how easily I take them for granted. Our baby in Heaven is a constant reminder life isn’t forever without Jesus. There are no guarantees we will outlive our children.

That’s why faith in Jesus is so important. We always need Him to help us through the worst and best parts of life. Even motherhood – in the flesh or simply in our hearts desire to be one.

Dear God,

Help my fellow mothers and mothers at heart, be courageous women of God, not easily giving up their role. Nothing worthwhile is easy, and help us remember our value in your eyes. Bless and protect our children and our families. Help us be worthy ambassadors for you, Jesus. Let us not give up the good fight against evil, but rise up to the defend our cause. In Jesus Name, Amen.