My eldest daughter had a birthday this week. I looked at her, amazed that the baby I once carried was now 6-years-old. There was something in the thought that brought to mind the sleepless infant. My daughter didn’t sleep well in her first 10 months and many dark nights were spent nursing, rocking, pacing, singing and praying her to sleep...some nights, I cried right along with her.
The evening before her birthday, I sat on my daughter’s bed and painted the scene of our long ago sleepless nights. She listened and then, to my surprise, asked if she could pray for me. She closed her eyes and thanked God for her mom, the care, the rocking, the nursing and the songs. She asked God to give me rest.
I was overwhelmed! If I had known that the little baby--whose sleeplessness often tested my patience--would grow up to pray for my rest, I would have maintained more joy on those weary nights. But I didn’t know; and there’s been many other moments of impatience and failure as a mom in my daughter’s young life. But love covers over a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).
Jani Ortlund shared this week that, by God’s grace, our children generally remember more of our love for them than they do our moments of parental weakness. Thank God! My daughter prayed for me this week but the One who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, is always interceding for me (Romans 8:34). And that’s good news sisters! May the years of our mothering reveal His love.
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