Day 3 - “We need courage to be honest with ourselves that perfection is impossible. We need to cut ourselves some slack. See ourselves through eyes of grace. Love ourselves… Imperfections included.” –Jill Savage, NO MORE PERFECT MOMS
Challenge: If sharing your imperfections is foreign ground, start small and take a chance! Share an imperfect mom moment with your moms group, on Facebook, or on the No More Perfect Moms website. You may be pleasantly surprised to learn you’re not alone!
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
Day 4 - “Insecurity keeps us looking at other women, longing to be who they are… Confidence happens when we embrace our strengths and our weaknesses. We see them as a fingerprint of who we are designed to be.” –Jill Savage
Challenge: If you’re not sure what your strengths are, ask your spouse, your kids, a trusted friend, or the One who designed you. And then thank God for those attributes. Take a look at your weaknesses. Have they drawn you closer to others? Have they drawn you closer to God? Have they helped you have more tolerance for the shortcomings of others? What good can and will come from them? Thank God for those opportunities.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14
Day 5 - “Judgment imposes our opinions on other people, it leaves little room for others to be different from us, while grace is allowing another person to be a human being, to make mistakes and not get criticized for every little thing they do wrong or different than we do.” –Jill Savage
Challenge: The next time you find yourself passing judgment, KNOCK IT OFF! Compliment the person. Give them the benefit of the doubt. Offer them words of encouragement. Feel the grace.
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Romans 15:7
Day 6 - “There are no perfect kids…just unique ones, who make mistakes along the way, and are perfect just the way God made them.” –Jill Savage
Challenge: As we teach our children about life, they have something to teach us too. Take time this week to study your children. Write down their good qualities. Record the ways they matter to the family. Tell your children you are learning about them and want to know more. And thank God for growing you as He grows your child.
God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. Genesis 1:31a
Day 7 - “We do need to expect responsibility from our kids. We do need to expect obedience. We do need to expect social skills after we teach and train them to those standards. But we also need to expect them to fail at those things. Yep, you read that right. We need to expect our children to fail…perfection doesn’t exist.” –Jill Savage
Challenge: Spend a few moments pondering the latest area where you’ve seen a need for improvement in your child. If they’re old enough to read, write them an encouraging note letting them know how proud of them you are and give them assurance you believe in them always. If your children are small, write them a note in a journal or to put in their baby book reassuring them of your love that will never change.
Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Psalm 127:3
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