Taking Pride Head On….Literally

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Ashley
Ashley

Have I got a story for you!

Ashley
Anna
Anna

Yay! Your stories are the BEST, Ashley! What happened?

Anna
Ashley
Ashley

So, Claire had her first dentist appointment, and I genuinely didn’t know how it was going to go. She is usually pretty easy-going and she loves to brush her teeth, but you just never know if they are going to freak out when they’re in the chair.

Ashley
Michelle
Michelle

Oh my gosh, I can only imagine. I do not think Sophie will sit still long enough for them to do anything!

Michelle
Ashley
Ashley

Grace will sit, but then she gets upset when they use the “yucky toothpaste.”  

Ashley
Anna
Anna

Yeah, Libby too. She gags. 😁

Anna
Ashley
Ashley

Claire, on the other hand, cracked up through the whole thing.  She literally liked it better than Kings Island!

Ashley
Michelle
Michelle

Haha! Really? I bet you weren’t expecting that!  Just when you’re prepared for a response they throw a curveball with a totally different one than you planned!

Michelle
Ashley
Ashley

They sure do! As I was walking out, there was a little boy her age who was screaming his head off.  The dental hygienist looked at me and said, “that’s what is normal at this age.”  I kind of welled up with pride.  I know it’s wrong but I was thinking….phew! Better them than me.  

Ashley
Anna
Anna

Yeah…just being honest, we’ve all thought that at some point.

Anna
Ashley
Ashley

And then Claire in all her excitement ran head first into the counter and fell to the floor screaming.   Motherhood: Don’t get too prideful, because you will be humbled fast.

Ashley
Michelle
Michelle

I just busted out laughing and I am so sorry because I know it’s not funny but it sounds like totally something that would happen to me!! Isn’t that true? The minute I think I have something figured out, I definitely have a humbling experience like that.

Michelle
Anna
Anna

Oh my gosh, that is SO TRUE.

Anna
Ashley
Ashley

😜  Everyone was staring at me and she was just inconsolable.  Go figure: she makes it through an entire dentist trip without crying, until we get to the front desk where an entire waiting room of people can watch you. It literally ALWAYS goes that way.  I know God doesn’t like pride, and man, are children a quick fix for that.

Ashley
Michelle
Michelle

Honestly, that is one of the hardest parts of motherhood, isn’t it? 😳 The part where everyone watches you handle a hard parenting moment and then you begin wondering what they’re thinking or how you’re handling the situation.

Michelle
Anna
Anna

YES, it is!!! Especially when Benjamin was little, I always felt like the world was staring at us. Probably because I was constantly feeling out of control! 👀  😓

Anna
Michelle
Michelle

I guess like you said, it’s another form of pride because it goes back to – what are they thinking of me? When I start acting like my kids are an extension of me or a report card on how I mother, that is when my focus is totally in the wrong place.

Michelle
Anna
Anna

Pride, ouch! #TruthRightThere #HardToHear

Anna
Michelle
Michelle

When our kids are being rockstars and totally making us look like we are mothers of the year, it can be hard to keep a level head.

Michelle
Ashley
Ashley

Yep! Experienced that one today.  I was really loving my mom skills in that 10 seconds before it all went wrong. lol

Ashley
Michelle
Michelle

Haha! We just have to remember that yes, we try to instill some good character lessons and teach and guide them, but no, their awesome behavior in this moment is not because we have totally figured out this motherhood thing. Some days I really wish it were that way. But right when we think that, we get a wonderful opportunity like your dentist experience or my Ellie’s grocery store meltdown today!

Are you still there?

Michelle
Ashley
Ashley

Sorry….I just got headbutted crazy hard.  Grace jumped on the couch and cracked me in the head in the middle of me texting you. I have frozen peas on my head at the moment.

Ashley
Michelle
Michelle

Oh my gosh! Are you okay?

Michelle
Ashley
Ashley

LOL. I’m okay.  Disoriented but okay. Hey, these peas are just helping with the pride I was swelling with earlier today.  God sure does have a sense of humor. 🙂

Ashley
Anna
Anna

Awww! You poor thing! Trying not to laugh because I also feel badly for you! 🙊

Anna
Michelle
Michelle

Oh Motherhood. Always keeps you on your toes, or I guess in your case, with peas on your head. Hey, the only positive is since you are thawing those on your head, maybe you can use them for dinner?

Michelle
Ashley
Ashley

This better be the best dinner ever….but if it’s not, I will humbly admit it. 😉

Ashley

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Soaking in the Truth

Scripture to  encourage you:

  • “In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders.  All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud  but shows favor to the humble.’ ”  1 Peter 5:5
  •  “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Mark 10:45
  • “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.”  Psalms 25:9
  • “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

 


Music to inspire you:

 


Readings to come alongside of you:

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Ideas to try:

  • Recognize when you are starting to swell with pride, and lay it down right there in that moment.  Pray for the Lord to replace pride with the very opposite- humility.  Humility by definition is “the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people.”  Jesus was the only perfect person to ever walk this Earth and he flipped the script by humbly serving those around Him.   If we earnestly seek and pray to be more like Jesus,  humility will be sure to follow.
  • Remember what God has done for you in the past.  Praise Him for His faithfulness and remember that every good and perfect gift, day, and/or moment is because of His mercies.
  • Reflect on the fact that our worth as moms is not dependent on our kids’ behavior, good or bad.  Our worth comes from being valuable in the eyes of the Lord; that’s a gift that no amount of good (or bad) behavior can change.

{These suggestions are ideas from novice moms. Sometimes our life situations need more. In that case, seeking out professional help is the right call.}

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