Tuesday, February 24, 2015

If I just breathe...

Tonight, sharing the words of one of the many, many, many people who have said the things I think, but more beautifully and more succinctly and with perfection. Happens all the time...

... so, yeah, parenting is hard & beautiful,
and very, very hard & very, very beautiful
and sometimes you just get down on the floor & weep 
& there's no shame in it 
-- tears just saying we're loving deep.

Parenting is hard, not because we're getting it wrong, 
but because we're getting to do holy work
 -- holy work *is* hard work.

That's the miracle of parenting: 

labor never stops & we never stop having to remember to breathe. 
And even the sound of our breathing is saying His name - YHWH.
And all the parents exhaled... and our every breath calls for You to come, Lord, please come -- Come help us to labor over these beloved children, that they'd deliver into the wide expanse of Your fulfilling grace -- 
& never forget their name: Beloved.


Oh, this amazing work that we do as mothers, as parents, as aunts and uncles and Bubbies and Zaydies and Nans and Pops- trying to impart just a tiny bit of the things we know to these little ones in our hands. The mistakes are tattooed on our hearts and the wins are like band-aids. All we can do is try, and love our babies even when it's hard. These lovely words will be with me for a while, and I am so thankful to have stumbled upon them...







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