Motherhood {Faith Life Preservers- Day 9}

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“There is no way to be a perfect mother, 
and a million ways to be a good one”
Jill Churchill
Today is my beautiful daughter’s 12th Birthday.
The day I gave birth to her is the day I realized that 10 tiny fingers and toes 
are really the most amazing thing God created.
I never realized how much I could love one person. 
How much I would sacrifice for another.
The day she was born was the day that I knew my journey 
to true unselfishness would begin.
It started in the womb, but will be a lifetime of learning.
Flesh dies hard after all, and I am one who has clung to this world 
and it’s remnants too often.
I know selfishness.
I am learning selflessness, and it’s beauty and freedom.
It’s pain.
Dying to self is what a mother does day in and day out.
It is a paradigm shift of epic proportions.
Do not be deceived. 
There is a balance of power indeed, 
but sacrificial love is the first requirement needed for long nights of sleeplessness. 
First as the infant cries for milk, then for attention and boundaries unwanted.
Again in the older years while waiting on curfews.
Finally to endure the awkward but necessary years identity seeking. 
Sleeplessness is a Mother’s silent partner and secret strength.
I refuse to bow down to the idol of worry.
Oh, my Lord knows- that is not easy.
Instead I bow my heart in prayer.
Turning every thought, concern and worry into 
holy incense, prayers rising up to Him.
I embrace sleeplessness as an opportunity for fellowship and time
of strengthening in His grace for the days ahead.

My precious daughter, a Faith Life Preserver

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones –
 the ones at home. 
Mother Theresa

“Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. 
A child is a child. They get bigger, 
older, but grown. 
In my heart it don’t mean a thing.”
— Toni Morrison

I just could not get this sweet, silly song out of my head today!
So I have included the clip “You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby”.
31 Days of Faith Life Preservers 
October 1-31, 2012

See all other Faith Life Preserver Posts HERE.
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31 Day Topics and Bloggers HERE.
Linking with Kathy of Cornerstone Confessions and Darlene of Time – Warp Wife.

Published by enthusiasticallydawn

Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at

10 thoughts on “Motherhood {Faith Life Preservers- Day 9}

  1. Beautiful!!! Your right, motherhood is amazing and never stop no matter how old they get:) such a blessing! You have a beautiful daughter!


  2. Such a sweet tribute to your daughter. She is as beautiful as you are. I loved the pic of you and her as an infant, and the latest one of her so much!My darling daughter's birthday was this past Saturday, Oct. 6. Another of our interesting connections. LOL.Much love to you, Dawn. Cheering you on at Day 9!Pam


  3. I don't have any daughters, but I have 3 marvelous sons and one grandson, who's 13th birthday was this past Saturday, Oct. 6th. We are here with him, wanting to be a part of this overnight event that changes a little boy into a teenager. So far, he's still mostly the little boy, but is showing signs of maturation taking place, little by little. I have a feeling this next year will bring about huge changes in his life. Praying for him with a renewed vigor. Thank you for your tribute to your precious, beautiful daughter. She is on the same journey, becoming a woman. Praying for her and YOU as well today! Blessings, my friend!


  4. October girls for the bloggy BFF's. Yes, connected in many ways we are! Oh, that sounded Yoda-ish! Thanks for your support. I still have not tackled that book we both got about praying for daughters…it is just sitting there waiting for me to read!


  5. Thank you , Chelsea. God reveals so much about His character, faithfulness and love for us through our interactions with our children. Convicting and challenging, but absolutely humbling and amazing job, yes!


  6. Dawn, you have such a beautiful way with words. Oh, the multitude of lessons God teaches us through our children! Isn't it amazing and wonderful how He uses out little (and not-so-little) ones to chisel His character into our hearts? I'm so glad you shared the pictures of your beautiful daughter!I'm a new fb follower and would love for you to visit and follow!


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