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1 Corinthians 13 for Moms

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1 Corinthians 13 for Moms

If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place,
but have not love,
I am a housekeeper not a homemaker.

If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements,
but have not love,
my children learn cleanliness not godliness.

If I scream at my children when they don’t follow instructions,
get frustrated and fault them for every mess in our house,
and have no grace and love
my children learn that Mom cares more about having things done exactly her way
than about listening to the needs and hearts of her children.

 

Love leaves the dust in search of a child’s laugh.
Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.
Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.
Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.

Love accepts the fact that I am the ever-present “mommy,”
the taxi-driver to every childhood event,
the counselor when my children fail or are hurt.

Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, and runs with the child,
then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.

 

Before I became a mother I took glory in having it altogether.
Now I glory in knowing that God’s in control and His grace is sufficient for each day.

All the projections I had for my house and my children
have faded away into insignificance,
And what remain are the memories of my kids.

Now there abides in my home scratches on most of the furniture,
dishes with missing place settings,
and bedroom walls full of stickers, posters, and markings,
But the greatest of all is the Love
that permeates my relationships with my children.

-adapted from 1 Corinthians 13 by Jim Fowler

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Rosie Williams
    April 22, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Beautiful post! So much truth. As a mom of grown children now I still remember the busyness of being a young mom. Now I watch my kids tiredly chase after their own little ones! I tell them “enjoy these moments!” They are gone all too soon! I am pinning this on my Busy Mom board! I know others will be blessed!

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    Veronica Anne
    April 26, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I love this so much Terryn! Would you kind if I printed it and framed it for my wall? I’ll definitely credit you 🙂

    • Reply
      terryn
      April 27, 2017 at 6:37 am

      Isn’t it beautiful, Veronica? I can’t take credit though, I didn’t write it. I just wanted to share.

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