Lisa Leonard
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Lisa Leonard is mom to two boys, David, 13 and Matthias, 12 and wife to Steve. In between school and work they spend their time playing outdoors on the central coast of California, eating chocolate chip pancakes, tapping tunes on the piano (David) and choreographing elaborate light saber duels (Matthias)....

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  1. Lisa,
    It’s okay for our kids to see that we fail…that we mess up. It’s okay if they see that sometimes we are weak because our super mom cape is at the dry cleaners. It’s what they see us do next that counts. When they see us pause to pray in the midst of a chaotic kitchen. When they see us crack open our Bibles and search God’s word when the sky is falling down around us. It’s when we ask forgiveness for when we’ve been nasty because our fuse is short. That is what will speak volumes to our children. That is how God redeems the messy. When our kids see where we turn when we mess up will give them a road map for their future. Great post!

  2. Oh my Lord, thank you! This is what I needed to see today! I am forever thankful motherhood isn’t a pass fail test. And I seem to always have life over promised. Some weeks it’s ok and I flow with the busyness and other weeks I crumble under the overflowing schedule and the to do list smile long. Thank you for the reminder that I am not alone and I’m covered!

  3. Such a refreshing reminder! There are times when motherhood feels like a test and I wonder if I’m passing. But then my son smiles up at me, and somehow us being there in it together totally makes up for the messes. I’m starting to realize that I’ve never been more dependent on God that right now, in this season of life.

  4. Lisa, I’m so, so glad perfection isn’t the standard. God’s grace is what gives us the strength to take the next step after we’ve failed as moms. Grace grows within us the humility to ask for forgiveness from our children when we’ve sinned against them. I’ve had those perfect/imperfect moments in this past week too. I’ve had to apologize to my kids. I’ve had the one who’s way behind on his science fair project say thank you for the hours we’ve spent together to get him caught up.

    I cannot imagine walking this motherhood journey without God’s grace and presence holding my hand each step of the way. 🙂

    Beautiful post today.

  5. I also have days, weeks and even months where I think I am the worst mom ever. My sons are 37 and 23 and there are times when they tell me I forget that. However, there are many times when they let me know in many small ways that no matter what they count on mom. I must be doing something right even with all my imperfections.

  6. Lisa,
    I love this and think you are a blessing to all of us who feel less than perfect most of the time! Thanks for the reminder of God’s wonderful grace.

  7. I think most mothers feel that way, most women even without children. We all want to be perfect and fall short. Romans 3:23. We’ve had that ingrained into us, Jesus is the perfect one, that’s why we should rest in His love and then we’re free from strife, and it’s amazing how much gets accomplished. Phillipians 4:13….He loves us perfect and with a few dings.

  8. And all the Moms and friends of Moms who try and encourage us daily rise to their feet and cheer AMEN! Its just the truth Lisa… and we all need it. Thanks for the very real and honest picture of most of our days!

  9. Yes Sister! This truth is so liberating isn’t it? I too have been on that spectrum even within one day, let alone a week. But for grace. I’m just a mama after God’s heart learning along the way.