Hey Mom, You’re the Best!


It was about 4:00am when she came in.  My three-year old has become somewhat accustomed to coming to our room and asking to sleep in our bed in the wee hours of the morning.  I don’t mind all that much, really.  I know this precious time will all too quickly be a fond memory.

She stroked my face as I laid there half asleep.  We held hands.  And then she whispered,

“Mama, you’re the best.”

If she only knew how much of a failure I felt like at that moment.  I had messed up something pretty bad that evening and only because of the Lord’s utter grace and mercy did everything work out so well.  But the sting of the mistake still penetrated my heart and mind.

I may not be the best at everything.  I may mess up in big ways.  I may lose the illusion of being fairly competent.

But one thing I know.  I am my baby’s best.

I am God-chosen to raise that little girl and her tall, precious brother.  To them, I am the best and that is all I need to know right now.

How about you?  You may not have the cleanest house.  You may not be the best cook.  You may have messed up at your job.  You may not be as accomplished as the next person or as talented as your friend.  You may not write as beautifully as another blogger.

But to someone special, you’re the best!  

So when you’re tempted to give only half your attention to those fun-loving, rambunctious and crazy kids, remember . . . you’re their best.  When you are ready to give up because your exhausted and can’t stay ahead of the game, you’re their best.  When all you do is wipe bottoms, drive to lessons and clean over and over again, you’re still their best.

To those little bodies, those precious spirits, YOU are the best.  Remember that.  Spend time.  Give attention.  Love.  Pour in to them.  Disciple.  Be their best.

Lord, help us as moms to know that you have called us to this time and to our children in this season of motherhood.  Help us not to be distracted by meaningless things, but rather give attention and focus as we raise and pour in to our children with joy and purpose.  Remind us that you chose us to parent them.  Help us to enjoy and treasure our time with our children.  May we be the best we can be for them.  Thank you for blessing us with them.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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  1. ok, that made me cry a little. Thanks for the encouragement friend!

  2. This is such a precious reminder, one I need often! Thank you:)

  3. So glad I found you at Finding Heaven today-this was beautiful. Isn’t God awesome that He would send a very little person to remind you of a very big truth…that you’re the best and that God created a perfect miracle when He created you.
    Thank you so much for making me smile.
    Peace and good to you,

  4. I love to hear my kids’ “You’re the best mom ever” comments. Really does make my day! Great advice. I do have one that seems to be brushed aside all day as we get our school work in. I need to show him some extra attention today.

  5. So sweet. Thanks for the encouragement!

  6. I needed this! And such a sweet story:) Thanks so much!

  7. This is very sweet — oh, how I need reminders like these. So glad you linked up to SDG this week. I know you will bless many with this!

  8. They let us know the most important things at just the right time, don’t they? It is so easy to get wrapped up in feeling like we just aren’t good enough that we overlook all the good we do. I have no doubt your words will soothe aching mother’s hearts!

  9. “But to someone special, you’re the best!”

    Such a beautiful message. Thanks for sharing the background and encouraging us with it. Blessings to you.

  10. beautiful sweet story. just loved it. coming over from SDG! glad to meet you there

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  12. Kristen- This made me tear up at my desk. So sweet! I need to remember that sometimes when I’m bot feeling my best. Then I went home yesterday after A LONG/grumpy day and Brady comes up and said, “Beautiful Lady, you are the best” and rubbed my cheek. The waterworks started flowing again. 🙂 Plus it made me think of you and how you made me feel a bit better yesterday. Thanks Kristen!

    • Jen, glad you enjoyed it . . . sorry to make you cry at work! And how sweet of Brady. See, God must want you to know it…2 days in a row!