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Mom of The Year (Encouragement for Moms)

In case you were wondering, I win the Mom of the Year Award. Sorry, you are out of luck if you were hoping for a win. I’ve actually had quite a few instances that warrant this large of an award, but this one takes the cake. You see, last night my husband, daughter and I were all playing together on our bed. Our very tall bed. And my daughter dove off, head first, before either one of us could catch her. The result was a terrified mama and daddy, puke in my mouth (Caroline’s), and a trip to the ER for a minor concussion.


Thinking about my completely panicked response last night, and the complete terror of failing to keep your child safe, I realized two things:

1) I am so not in control

In the car on the way to the hospital, with puke all over me and trying to keep Caroline awake, the song “Lord I Need You” by Matt Maher came on. These are the words to the song:

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You Every hour I need You My one defense, my righteousness Oh God, how I need You

I try so hard as a mama. I try to stay on top of things, in control, making the world safe for baby girl. But I cannot do it. Lord, I need you, oh, I need you. Every hour. God is the creator of the world, and HE is in control. I can’t handle it, or carry the weight of the world, or even baby girl’s tiny little world on my shoulders. I need to let go of that need, that stronghold in my heart, and give it up to the good and perfect Lord.

2) He loves me like that

My love and empathy for my daughter is so incredibly strong, it is overwhelming. It struck me: that is how God loves us. Our pain is his pain. He longs for a relationship with us, for good things in our lives. He gave his only son for us (John 3:16), so that we would no longer have to be separated from him. Wow. He loves us like that.

I am curious: what are your Mom of the Year Award moments, whether sarcastic or real?