Girlfriends in God - May 14, 2007

May 14, 2007

Successful Moms

Sharon Jaynes




Today’s Truth

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do no grow weary” (Galatians 6:9 NIV)



Friend to Friend

Don’t you just detest those mothers who seem to have it all together? You know her: super-mom. She is that mythical creature who never yells at her kids. Whose house is always spotless, whose children always obey quickly and quietly, who prepares three square meals a day that are nutritious and aesthetically pleasing…the one who is a “successful” mother.


If there is anything that can discourage a hard working mom, it is comparing herself to this creature which only exists in storybooks. I can assure you that every mother who appears to breeze effortlessly through life has struggles of her own.


When I taught my husband to snow ski, I showed him how to turn his skis toward the side of the mountain to slow down. Inevitably, he turned too much to the left or right and ended up with his skis pointing up the mountain. He then proceeded to slide down the mountain backwards. After a few trials and lots of error, he discovered that when he turned, if he just continued turning his skis, making a complete circle, it would slow him down and he wouldn’t end up going down hill backwards.


It was a sight to behold, but it worked. At the end of the day, a woman came up to Steve and asked if he could show her how to make those “beautiful circles.” Of course, he obliged. She thought he was an expert skier who was doing some form of acrobatics. In actuality, he was going in circles, doing whatever it took to keep from going down hill, backwards.


When you look around and see other mothers who appear to be “mothering” better than you, don’t be fooled. They are probably doing whatever it takes not to go down hill backwards themselves.


Successful mothers are not the ones who have never struggled. They are the ones who never give up, despite the struggles. Calvin Coolidge said, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” I’d like to add that God is the only One Who is Omnipotent, but persistence and determination while relying on His power brings great results!


Galatians 6:9 reminds us, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do no grow weary.” That’s a promise that we all can cling to.


Let’s Pray

Dear God, sometimes I feel like I am going in circles. Help not compare myself to other moms but keep my eyes on You. I pray that You will make my path straight as I press on toward being the best mom I can be to the children You have given me.

In Jesus’ Name,




Now it’s your turn

List one struggle you have as a mother.

Ask God to give you strength and wisdom in that struggle.

What changes can you make to make that struggle easier?

Give up the battle and surrender it to God.

Watch what He does!



More from the Girlfriends

Being a great mom reminds me of the story of a world famous violinist. An admiring fan ran up to him one day and cried, “Mr. Kreisler, I’d give my life to play as you do!” To that he replied, “Madam, I did.” Being a great mom is a diligent investment of sacrifices that reaps dividends with compounded interest over time. If you’d like to sharpen your parenting skills, see Being a Great Mom, Raising Great Kids by Sharon Jaynes.



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Originally published Monday, 14 May 2007.