You can't pick up another toy.
You can't fetch another meal.
You can't get another drink.
You cannot possibly answer another question.
Your heart is heavy and your shoulders are slumped.
You've replayed all the times you failed that day.
You contemplate tip-toeing back upstairs to wake them up.
To tell them you love them one more time.
To reassure them that they are one of the greatest things God has ever blessed you with, despite how you may act sometimes.
Short answers, snapped responses, harsh words.
The weight of the world on your shoulders.
Did you hug them enough today?
Did you say I love you enough today?
Did you kill their spirit in the name of discipline?
Did you totally screw them up?
Yes, I know exactly how you're feeling tonight.
I wake up every single day with the best of intentions.
I don't think anyone goes into the day intending to fail miserably.
But life happens, schedules are tight, frustrations rise, stress boils over, demands are many...
And at the end of the day we are left with all of our shortcomings.
But I'm here to tell you that's not the end of it.
By all means, if you feel you need to or if you want to--tip-toe back upstairs and kiss that angel.
Tell them one more time how much you love them.
Pray with them.
Ask for forgiveness.
But don't carry the guilt around.
If you love your babies, and you do your very best to love them, don't carry the guilt around.
We will fail, mamas.
Sometimes by forgetting a lunch.
Sometimes in bigger things.
We will lose our tempers.
We will say words that we wish we could take back.
We will fall short in so many ways…
But we haven't failed.
Our babies know we love them.
And tomorrow is another opportunity to show them.
As we apologize and explain where we fell short, it's an amazing opportunity to be an example of Christ's grace.
Our children learn as much from our mistakes as they do from the times we get it right.
And praise the Lord that they do! I fear my children learn far more often from the former.
But God is good.
You see, He knew that we would fail. He knew that we would lose our temper. He knew that we would say something we wish we wouldn't have.
And He forgave us anyway.
He chose to die for us anyway.
Long before we even made the mistake.
Is there something you're holding onto tonight?
Is there something you need to lay down at Christ's feet?
Is there something you need to confess and receive forgiveness for in order to move on?
We cannot receive tomorrow's blessings when we are holding the stones of judgment from yesterday.
Let it go.
Lay it down.