Busy with the baby, it took me a few minutes to respond to the small voices at my door. One glance out the window revealed two big smiles with little else visible through the coating of mud that covered my sons’ faces. From the visors on their ball caps to the soles of their muck books, they were covered in wet, slimy mud.
“We rolled in a puddle!” they chorused together in the same tone they might have used to announce they’d won a Nobel Prize.
Completely at a loss for how to clean up this comprehensive new mess, I burst into tears. Though I’ve since developed a slick method for cleaning up a mud mess, I remember wondering on that cold March day if it would be considered child abuse to hose them down!
Maybe mud season in your home has nothing to do with the weather. Is there some aspect of your mothering life that feels like too much, a season or a responsibility that leaves you feeling stuck or even out of control? In my first essay directed to boy mums at The Joyful Life, I shared this memory and the transformation process that came as a gift as slowly, over the years, arrow prayers ascended to God from this desperate boy-mum’s heart. If you find yourself running out of patience long before you have run out of day, let my story encourage you.
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Holding you in the light,
Whatever time in your family’s life feels like mud season to you, don’t let yourself get stuck. Turn your frustration and anxiety into arrow prayers, and remind your heart that there is no mess too big for God to clean up!Tweet
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