It's Mother's Day - a day when we are to be happy about what a wonderful job we've done as mothers - right?
You can't miss it - it's everywhere. It's on every social media post, on every commercial, everywhere - pictures of perfect children perfectly dressed perfectly presenting their mothers with special gifts.
It's proof that we're wonderful mothers right? Perfect children with perfect grades with perfect behavior with perfect futures ahead of them right?
What if my children are not perfectly dressed with perfect grades with perfect behavior with perfect futures ahead of them? That means I have failed as a mother then doesn't it?
I read all these blog posts and Facebook posts and Instagram pictures of people and their families and I will be honest - I don't feel like I measure up.
I'm a failure.
My life is not perfect.
I look back and think about how I could have done things differently....better....and then maybe I would be happy with the perfect family.
then I think about the mother who lost two children in a car accident
the mother who is battling cancer and may not spend another mother's day on this earth with her children
the woman who has tried for years to become a mother with no luck
I decide that it's ok if my life isn't perfect, that my child isn't perfect
life isn't perfect.
I don't have to have a perfect life with a perfect husband and a perfect child to be happy.
Happiness is a choice.
So don't look at others and judge whether or not you're happy.
Decide to be happy today.
Be happy through imperfection.
I will be happy
in your faithfulness
you noticed my pain
you are aware
of how distressed I am.
HAPPY Mother's Day