The reality is, Paul’s declaration about love in the above scripture is so right. Not to mention, so hard. Living the Gospel of love is the most challenging simple thing Jesus call’s us to do. Sure we know how to love as a mom. But what about the “never gives up, doesn’t fly off the handle, trusts God always” disclaimers? Aren’t there some days you’d rather add ish to each sentiment? You know, moments when you feel steadfastish, calmish, faithfulish? Does close enough count in the parenting department? Yes, please?

Well, all I can say is some days close enough is pure gold in my mothering realm. I love wide, long, high, and deep…but sometimes loud, cranky, and emotionally wonky as well. How about you?

  1. What is aching in your mom heart these days?
  2. Where do you need encouragement?
  3. How can I serve you well and love you forward?

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Praying you forward!

Shelby is a self-described “sappy soul whisperer and sarcasm aficionado” who has a deep love for Jesus and storytelling. She is a wife of 28 years and a momma of three 20-something kiddos. As a freelance writer and author, you can find her words in the national publication, Guideposts, and all over the web at places like Her View From Home, Today, Parenting Teens & Tweens, Love What Matters, Scary Mommy, and others. Shelby also has a new online mothering course called, Mindful Mothering: When You Change the Way You Look at Things, the Things You Look at Change, and she blogs over at