For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7

My daughter’s sweet face looked shocked for several seconds before dissolving into tears. My angry tone and sharp words had successfully ended her whining, but they had also caused her pain.  Perfect! I thought, regretting my temper, I screwed up again! In moments like these, I feel certain I’m not cut out for motherhood.

I often feel inadequate as a mom and worry that, because of my shortcomings, I am failing my kids. But 2 Timothy speaks to that fear and shows how the Lord has given me everything I need to be a good mom.

In this verse, the Lord says He has given us a spirit of power. There may be days it feels like you’ve lost control of your kids. But as their mother, God has placed you in authority over them. We have the power to disciple and discipline them, and it’s our job to do both.

The Lord balances that power by giving us a spirit of love. As a mother, you demonstrate your love in a million different ways throughout the day. Trust that your intentions are to do what is best. Even if you lose your cool, you never stop loving your kids. They know it and you know it. Lean on that grace!

Finally, we possess a spirit of self-control. God knows our children will test us to our limits but we are not enslaved to our emotions. We can master our frustrations and learn to speak in a way that instructs our children without belittling them.

Motherhood is not easy and it requires all that we have. Thankfully, we’re not in it alone. We have everything we need to do this job well, and we have it all because of Christ.

Press on Mama,

Mary Kathryn

More Moments in the Word:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid. John 14:27

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

To Consider this Week:

What insecurities do you have as a mom? Where do you fear you are failing?

How do these three gifts release you from those fears?

Do you struggle to believe you have these gifts? Ask God to reveal the power, love, and self-control you possess through Him this week.

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