Piece of My Heart

Hi, my name is “Ridiculous” and sometimes it’s “Crazy,” and I am a P.O.T. (Parent of Teen). My support group is Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and other mothers. My only escape is prayer.

So I prayed, “God, give me children lest I die!” and He gave us children. Then, sometimes I want to die. And we parents do die, right? Every. Single. Day. For-the-rest-of-our-lives. 

Yeah, this is where I live and I can’t move out because it’s a lifetime lease. How about you fellow P.O.T.s? (And yes, you MOPs and MOAs and ones in between those too.) Do you ever tell God, “Hey God, this was Your idea! You told me to be fruitful and multiply. So God, You have to help me! Help me help them—in Jesus’ name, amen. Please.”

I don’t drink, I don’t swear, and I don’t believe in happy pills, but there’ve been times I wished I did. I used to swear a lot, especially right before I became a Born Again Christian. But then I gave my heart to Jesus and I had no inkling to swear again—until my firstborn turned fifteen. Then I found myself going, “mmmmm…help me Jesus!” And there are three more after her!

What have I done? I helped create four eternal beings with an agenda of their own. What an enormous responsibility. I was talking to a friend the other day, and he gave the perfect illustration of parenting. He said, “Yeah, it’s like taking a piece of your heart and giving it to this little individual, and then they run off with it. And you’re saying, ‘Wait! Stop! Come back. No, I don’t want to go there!”

We do the same thing with God’s heart. God, the perfect parent, with perfect love, and nothing but pure intentions for us. Sorry Lord. Forgive me.

Sometimes, looking at our children is like looking in a mirror. They are the ultimate object lesson God uses to teach us about ourselves. Don’t you just hate/ love it when God says, “You do that to me.” Or when He says, “Maybe if you showed them how by example?” Ever look at your kid and say, “Where’d you get that attitude from?” Then you feel God looking at you and saying, “I wonder?” Often, it’s the change in us that God uses to change others.

So kids, how about you give us a break? Parents are human—we mess up, we fall short, just like you. We’re under God’s construction, too. Being a parent is hard, but you’re worth it.

But other times it’s not like looking in a mirror, because our children are unique individuals with a God-given free will. And yeah, I tell God all the time that free will is overrated.

“Mooomm! You’re such a mom,” they say. Yeah, guilty as charged.

Dear kids, we know you must make your own decisions, but we’ve been down a few wrong roads and want you to know you really don’t have to take the detours. Don’t you know we hurt when you hurt, and when you’re victorious, we’re victorious? And when we encourage you, it’s because we don’t just see the seed—we see the tree you can become. We are trying to nourish your growth, as is God. We’re on your side; we are not the enemy. And God never shortchanges, so don’t settle for anything less than all He has for you. 

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV)

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Actually, I think this is a setup. God made it this way, just in case we thought we could make it on our own. It’s as if He says, “Here you go! Ha-ha! Have a couple kids. You’ll come talk to me then!” He knows how to make us desperate. Just know this—God inclines His ear to a mother’s prayer. He loves our children even more than we do. And love never fails. 

Lord, please help us as parents to live in such a way so our children see You in us. Draw them to choose You for themselves. Help our children to see and know how much we love them and guide them in Your truth, righteousness, love, and grace, in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Hey, Ariel, Anna, Abby, and Andrew, Guess How Much I Love You? I Love You the Purplest! I Love You Forever, and No Matter What, even when you are The Runaway Bunny. And you will always have a piece of my heart.

And happy birthday to my beloved Ariel! (My firstborn.)

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For the Prodigal's Mom

Mama,

Don’t you know Jesus loves your children

Even more than you?

Pound the gates of Heaven, Mama

Pray without ceasing

Know the God of Heaven inclines to your cry

He shares your passion for restoration of the prodigal child

So, go ahead and cry Mama

But make every tear a prayer

An offering of hope and heart

Your prayers are the rain

On the soil of your prodigal’s heart

Your prayers are the rain

On the soil of your prodigal’s heart

Your prayers are the rain

On the soil of your prodigal’s heart…
Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. 
He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, 
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, 
Bringing his sheaves with him. 
Psalms 126: 5-6 

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void, 
But it shall accomplish what I please, 
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. 
Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)

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Author: Rachael M. Colby

Born and raised in Jamaica, award-winning writer Rachael M. Colby resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Wife, mom, beach bum, artist, work in progress, avid Tweeter—#HealthyFaithChat leader, Rachael writes to glorify God, encourage believers, and reach the lost. She connects culture’s questions with Christianity’s answers, inspires faith, and motivates through articles, devotions, poetry, and interviews. She has a heart for racial reconciliation and to uplift those who serve in tough places. Her work has appeared on Southern Ohio Christian Voice, Inkspirations Online, the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Blog, in the compilation books Creative Writing Journal: Faith Inspired Writing Prompts & Hope-Filled Poetry, The Courage to Write: 62 devotions to Encourage your Writing Journey, and Defining Moments: Memorable and Inspiring Stories from Outstanding Leaders, and the Oak Ridger newspaper. She runs on copious amounts of coffee and chocolate and a whole lot of "Help me, Jesus." Her WIPS include a compilation of her family’s and others’ stories of their work as civil rights activists (adult and children’s books), and a devotional for writers. You can connect with Rachael on her website, TattooItOnYourHeart.com—a place for seekers, followers, and writers, and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

10 thoughts on “Piece of My Heart”

  1. Your message is so on target! I kept nodding my head and saying, “Yeah, that’s me.” I think being a mom is the hardest job in the world, yet the greatest blessing. Thank you for sharing a smile and letting all moms know that we’re not alone.

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  2. Rachael, Even though this is a Mother’s Day post, you can put dad’s in there too. We worry, complain, agonize, and pray for our kids as well, especially when they get in their late teen years and beyond. Thanks for posting this!

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    1. You are welcome, Ben. I held on to it for quite some time. It’s really an evergreen post for parents of any age children.. Yes, even adult children. Praying it ministers to hearts. God bless you and your family, Ben.

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