When life makes her feel broken….

July 26, 2013 in Five Minute Friday,mom guilt

Kids and strugglesThere’s a misconception about mothering. We believe it is our job to keep the brokenness away–shoo it under a rug where the shards will not be felt (much). We protect fiercely thinking we are good momma tigers.

Do you know anyone who has never been broken? Only those who remain acquaintances. The guarantee of brokenness increases with each year of life. Our job is to teach them to wade through the shard, bandage the wounds, and keep walking.

I’ve met a few kids whose family protected them from broken. Every desire they had was meant, through favors and connections every team was made. Those kids, they lack passion. They lack dreams.

So mommas, when broken hits, be it life-altering disease, family destruction, or faith squashing demons, let go of the guilt. Broken cannot be stopped anymore than an ocean wave. Instead, lead the way through your brokens and pray that they follow.

Today was a 5 minute writing prompt from Lisa Jo Baker on the word BROKEN. And while we are the subject, if there is broken in your life right now, shoot me an email, I would love to pray for you.

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Sarah Denley Herrington July 26, 2013 at 5:18 am

Oh goodness, I love this. This is something my own mother excelled in. She didn’t shield us from all the broken, but she made sure she was there to help us process it all. She’s still helping me. I hope I can navigate it all so well with my two.


pruningprincesses July 29, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Sarah, I hope that when my girls are all grown up they can make such a statement about me. You were clearly blessed through your mom. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.


Barbie July 26, 2013 at 5:53 am

“lead the way through your broken and pray that they follow”. Yes, this. We cannot keep our children from brokenness, but we can lead them through it. Blessings!


Rebekah Straw July 26, 2013 at 7:45 am

That is definitely an area that I struggle…letting my brokenness be seen by others. Thank you for the wonderful reminder that it is ok to let my brokenness show as others may learn from it. Blessings.


pruningprincesses July 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Oh Rebekah, I hope you find some kind soul to share your brokenness with. I think Satan works to convince us to hide our brokenness so we don’t experience real fellowship. And really, aren’t the most inspiring stories the ones where the person overcomes broken? Blessings, Laura


Traci Michele July 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I love the quote wade through the shard , bandage the wounds and keep walking! love it!


pruningprincesses July 29, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Thank you, Traci. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.


Melanie Davis July 29, 2013 at 4:31 am

Amen friend. It is through our brokenness that we see our need for God.



pruningprincesses July 29, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Hi Melanie. We know brokenness is necessary for us to see our need for God. And yet, it is so hard to watch brokenness happen to our kids. Thanks for reading the taking the time to comment.


Stephanie B. August 5, 2013 at 1:17 am

Thank you for this beautiful reminder! Sometimes we really need to let go, and just let things be. Whether they are perfect, ideal or not.


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