Every mother wants a strong relationship with their daughter. Or at least, I think they do. I actually don’t know for certain since I’m not a mother. I’m a daughter who just graduated from her teens last year.
As I look back on my teen years, I loved hanging out with mom. I loved learning from her. I even took her correction pretty well because she exposed my sin truthfully yet tenderly. I loved praying with her, baking with her, going on adventures with her, and reading books with her. What’s more: I still do.
So what’s so special about my mom?
It actually isn’t anything particularly special at all. It’s merely two things: she prioritized her relationship with her kids and she relied on the grace of God.
As I consider my teen years, I’m mindful of five things my mom did to build this relationship with me: she started young, she prayed for and with me, she risked vulnerability, she learned with me, and she had fun with me.
I wish you could meet my mom. She’d say she’s far from a spiritual giant and that raising godly kids wasn’t about her.
‘It just took intentionality,’ she’d tell you. ‘But most of all, the grace of God.’
For both my mom and you, there is gospel grace to meet you at every turn. No mom is ‘mom enough.’
Every mom needs infinite grace to forgive her sins, to work through her mistakes, and to point her and her kids to Jesus.
Remember: he is the savior of your family, not you.