As a mother, I know we have our off days, when we are not patient and loving to our children as we should. We easily get angry and it is usually ends with us saying something we regret (Or worse, like threatening to take away their screen time. And once you say it you have to follow through). But with each new moment because of grace there is a freshness of morning where we can begin again. This is what the Christian life is all about.
Each morning I try to start my day by saying this morning offering:
“My Jesus, I offer this day to you –all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings — and through you, I make this offering to our Father in heaven. Be with me through this whole day in all its particulars, and assist me that it may become a worthy offering in every way. Be close to me in all I think and say and do. Direct your Spirit to speak to me and guide me and help me to listen attentively when he does speak… so that, in my response, your thoughts may become more surely my thoughts and your ways may become my ways; so that my judgments may accord with your judgments, and that the sentiments of my heart may be most like your very own; so that my conversation with others may be conversation I may ask you to share with us, and that my works may be works I may ask you to approve.
Help me to have a practical wisdom to look to your Mother from time to time, as I go about the duties of my day, in an effort to find the grace of a better way in my motherhood; for she is the perfect example of all virtues and is your loving gift to us as a perfect model for all motherhood.
May I know the continued grace to work with you in all I do, and not merely for you…so that my day may become a perfect offering –lived with you and in you and through you–to be presented to our Father in joy and love. ” –The Original Mothers Manual
Sometimes if the morning is rushed just a quick prayer, “This day is for You, Lord” helps too.
It can be discouraging because everyday there will be times when we fail. But there is no sorrow too great that cannot be overcome. Knowing our weakness makes us see how little we are and how desperately we are in need of grace and mercy (and really strong, hot coffee).
When a child makes a mistake their first instinct is to run to their parents (Well, the really little ones do. The big ones hide). We should do the same as the littles. When we fail we should run into our Father’s arms, asking Him for help because that’s what children do.