Another lesson learned from “Desperate: Hope For the Mom Who Needs to Breathe” by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson. The quote:
“Many voices in motherhood today want to make a law out of everything – the activities that are best for a child, how to spank or not to spank, and how to secure obedience; working outside the home or staying at home; what clothing is acceptable for our girls; what movies, music, or books are or are not acceptable; dating or courting; adopting; drinking; even eating – there is no place where the grasp of legalism cannot and will not reach.
And yet, Scripture clearly speaks to the opposite. It tells us in Romans 14:22, “Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.” The worry of what others are doing or are expecting us to do will indeed kill our souls.”
When I read this, I didn’t automatically think of the supposed “Mommy Wars”, but, instead, I thought of the tendencies inside me. Oh yes! This is me! I want rules that pretty much guarantee good results – in my child(ren) and in me!
I have got to chill out when it comes to thinking that there are easy answers to be had. I have got to chill out when it comes thinking that there is 1 way to raise a kid. To have a good marriage. To live a happy life. Chill out Jayme!