Sherri Gragg

Juggler of words and children…collector of pottery shards

A Prayer For The Mom With Small Children

She was pushing a double stroller at 7:30 a.m. I spotted her at the end of the sidewalk and pulled my dogs over into the grass where I had them sit until she passed. It was the respectful thing to do. Let’s be honest, there wasn’t room on the sidewalk for all of us. Her huge stroller. My over-sized dog.

Monster Mutt

Monster Mutt

When she drew even with me, she thanked me. That was when I saw the newborn strapped to her chest.

Three babies. All under the age of 4-years-old.

“Bless you,” I said.

She laughed ruefully.

Before she could get too far away, I added- “I have five.”

When they were small...

When they were small…

“I don’t know how you do that,” she said, her voice weary.

“Well, they are big now…”

“And you survived,” she said.

“Yes, honey, and you will too.”

She walked on. I jingled the leashes and turned toward home as the emotions of those years when all of my children were small flooded back upon me. There was always the conflict between my fierce love for my babies and the crushing weight of caring for them day after day.

“The days are long but the years are short,” someone said to me during that time. That was truth.

My heart ached for that weary mother this morning. As I resumed my walk, I prayed for her and it went something like this.

“Jesus,

Please renew her strength for the tasks ahead of her today. Give her wisdom, patience, and…courage. Her job is the hardest one in the world.

And when the crying, the endless chaos, the never ending demand of caring for her small children pushes her to the breaking point and she loses her patience, please Jesus, help her grant herself grace.

Please provide some kind someone to offer her a helping hand: someone to rock a baby for awhile, or read her toddler a book, or take her pre-schooler to the park.

Could you give her the equivalent of the stay at home mom lottery and cause all of her babies to take a three hour nap…at the same time?

And a hot shower too during which not one child cries.

Grant her the treasure of a cup of tea, a Psalm, and a simple prayer- lead her beside still waters, Compassionate Christ, for she needs You.

Let her find a piece of chocolate in the back of the pantry she forgot was there.

Give her a good friend to walk beside her on her journey.

I pray that she would have moments of pure joy with each of her babies today. Let them make her smile and laugh out loud so that she might taste the reward of her labors.

And when her husband walks in the door tonight, give him your eyes to see her. May he be overwhelmed by her sacrifice for his children. May he see her as more beautiful than ever before because she is pouring her life out for those babies. Let him take her in his arms and tell her so and then, Jesus, prompt him to roll up his sleeves and bathe a kid because they are in this together.

I pray that no one fights bedtime, no one has a night terror, and that the baby sleeps until morning light.

One more thing, Jesus, be very near to this mom in the moment when the last child is in bed and she sits in the quiet alone. She will be so tired and that is the very moment the accuser will come to whisper his worst. He will remind her of everything she should have done that she didn’t. He will run the replay of each moment of irritability, and every time she reached the end of her rope. Silence him, sweet Christ. May your voice be the only voice she hears. May she find rest in you and assurance that when she has given all she has and finds that in her humanity it is simply not enough, You most certainly do not condemn her.

You make up the difference.

Amen

Sherri Gragg is the author of Arms Open Wide,Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Christian Publishing, available at retailers worldwide including Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Lifeway

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10 comments on “A Prayer For The Mom With Small Children

  1. trishamugo
    September 17, 2014

    Thanks. I needed this prayer!

    • Sherri
      September 17, 2014

      You are welcome. May you have peace, strength, and grace in abundance today, friend.

  2. Currie Bucher
    September 17, 2014

    Wow. This is beautiful. I am crying big alligator tears of both joy and relief in reading this dear prayer. I have emailed it to myself, as I needed the reminder about giving myself grace. I also intend to use it in very intentional prayer for my other mom friends. And just in case, I emailed it to my mother and husband should they be at a loss for how to pray for me! Thank you again for your insight, encouragement, support and generosity of Spirit.

    • Sherri
      September 18, 2014

      I am thrilled it was an encouragement to you! Christ’s Peace to you, friend.

  3. Tracey
    September 18, 2014

    This is so beautifully written!! These days have passed for me; my girls are now 13 and 11. Yet I have sisters – physical and spiritual – who are in the midst of living these days, and I will share this prayer with them in hopes that it ministers to their souls.

  4. keri
    September 19, 2014

    OH MY GOSH, thank you! so very very lovely. How grateful I am when words are strung together like that with such beauty and insight. LOVE
    So glad I found you through Momastary’s website. If you don’t read her stuff, too, you are missing out. Love when others share and glad it was someone there sharing you today. I know several moms who needed this beautiful prayer today i will share with them now ! god bless you!!!

    • Sherri
      September 19, 2014

      Thank you so much, Keri and Tracey!

  5. Sherry
    October 1, 2014

    This was wonderful. I too had five children in 6.5 years. Some days I thought I was going crazy and some days I felt hugely blessed. They are grown and gone now and you know … I miss those days! LOL

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