PARENTING :: confidence

Insecurity keeps us looking at other women, longing to be who they are: more creative, skinnier, smarter, more patient, a better cook … Confidence happens when we embrace our strengths and our weaknesses. We see them as a fingerprint of who we are designed to be. We find contentment in being who we are, not who we aren’t.

No More perfect moms, YouVersion

Ugh. This part hits hard, Mama’s, AMIRIGHT?! Why is it so hard to focus on our own strengths? For me, it’s because it feels like a fine line between cocky confidence and humble confidence. So instead I revert to self pity, doubt, and insecurity.

Especially where I’ve met most of you, on the Gram, I see so much curated perfection, I often get so discouraged. I see picture perfect this, clean and staged that, and while my house may not be super messy (thanks minimalism), it is far from perfect (just like this controversial blanket ladder. πŸ˜‰)

I’m awkward as they come. I’m too loud. I’m not skinny, I’m not a perfectly planned toddler activities mom, I’m a bit lazy, I’m not naturally patient and soft spoken (oh how I ENVY these types of Mama’s). I’m not fashionable in the least (poor hubs). I’m never up to date with the latest trends. I’m not. I’m not. I’m not.
So many insecurities.

But I am a lot too (honestly, my hands are just hovering over my keyboard right now trying to think of what I am). I am creative. I am independent. I am inclusive. Passionate. And not to be vain, but my hair isn’t that bad either. πŸ˜‚

I was designed for this life, these qualities were designed just for me, to care for the family God has given me. And what I lack, I will place in His hands, and surrender. Because it’s not designed to be a strength I carry.

I so want you to join in, and list a few of your strengths and weaknesses. It’s honestly a bit scary to type out, but so liberating once you do. Join me in the comments, I’d love to hear how you are made to serve your family! πŸ’š

But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.

Jeremiah 17:7

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