life as a mom
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It’s a hard job.

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The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Psalm 103:8


I read this verse and it seems pretty much impossible to carry this out as a mom. Oh, I would like to say that I do this day in, day out. But I don’t.

The endless questions, the repeating of the same phrases over and over and over again, the spilled juice on the newly mopped floor, the endless stuff laying around, the complaining, the yelling, the drama, the “too cool for school” attitude.

Yes, it all gets to me from time to time. And I forget what I am called to do. To be a mom is a high calling. It is a blessing. It is hard. If I am honest I don’t treat God that much different than my kids treat me at times. I complain. I yell. I mess up and he graciously points me to His truth again and again and again. I can be drama and put off the attitude that I am “too cool for school”. But how does he respond?

With compassion, grace, slow to anger, abounding in love.

He’s called me to do the same with those He’s entrusted me with. Even on the hard days.

Because that’s when we both need it most.

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I'm a wife to 1 amazing husband. A mom to 1 little dude and 2 girlie girls. A follower of the ONE who saved me. A daughter to 2 wonderful people. A sister to 1. A friend to many. A runner because that's what I do to keep from not going crazy. And the CEO of this little part of the world we call home.


  1. Oh, the endless stuff laying around! You could copy and paste this post every day and it would still be relevant and important to remember. I ( especially in the midst of a stint without my parenting partner) am thankful for his grace and for His grace and that in spite of my failures, he still reassures me that I’m the person most fit to do this job. Thanks for sharing this today. :)

  2. thanks! this especially resonates with me on this “two-hour delay snow day”, when the snow is wet, so the kids are, too, and they are traipsing in and out of the house–front and back door–and the baby is sitting under my computer desk tugging on the cord of my mouse as I type this…

  3. Brian Barela says

    OH I hear you! Deep breath. Deep breath!

  4. Brian Barela says

    Danielle, thanks for the comment love and encouragement. Yes, I do need to read this every day! I’m praying for you as you “fly solo”. You are the best momma for your kids!

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