Out of the Mouths of Mothers of Babes

I love talking to smart people. Especially smart people who are younger than me. It gives me such hope for the future.

Yesterday at church I sat in the nursing mother’s room with another mama who’s several years younger than me. As the mother of five boys, she has a black belt in Mommyhood, and she’s probably not even thirty yet.

She said something so profound, it deserves its own blog post.

So here it is.

A bad attitude cannot exist with a thankful heart.

We were talking about going to college, working outside the home, being a stay-at-home mom, and how so many people don’t get how truly blessed they are with whatever situation they are in at the moment.

Stay at home mamas gripe because we have cabin fever and crave adult conversation.

Working women gripe because they have to pick up their husbands’ clothes off the floor.

Married women gripe because, before marriage, they didn’t realize just how bad their husbands actually would be about (fill in the blank with whatever weakness your husband has).

Single women gripe because all the good ones are gone.

My friend remarked about how thankful she was for a very difficult season of having to work outside the home after the birth of her first son, because once God finally did answer her prayer to get to be a stay at home mom, she understood what a huge blessing it really was.

It just underscored the lesson I have begun to learn that sometimes God makes us hungry for whatever it is we’re begging Him for that He seems not to answer, just so that once He does answer it, we enjoy it to the fullest.

So she said, “Being thankful fixes a bad attitude. A bad attitude cannot exist with a thankful heart.”

It’s so true. Whenever I have a bad attitude about whatever, I have ceased to meditate on all God has given me, starting with the gift of life I received when I was born and the gift of everlasting life I got when I was born again.

Jesus shed His blood FOR ME. He has promised to give me the desires of my heart if I delight myself in Him. Why should I ever have a bad attitude?

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

John­son Oat­man, Jr., in Songs for Young Peo­ple, by Ed­win Ex­cell (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: 1897).

Music: Edwin O. Excell (MI­DI, score).

Dear soul, whether you are a stranger who’s found this post accidentally, or friend who’s honored me by taking time to stop by, or daughter who’s discovered this in a decade or two, are we weary and troubled?

Is everything rubbing us the wrong way? Are we taking offense where none might be meant? Does it seem like everyone is talking about ME or thinking evil of ME?

Has everything become all about ME?

If so, join me in looking to Jesus in thankfulness for ALL HE’S GIVEN US! When we peel our self-pitying eyes off our pathetic selves and look to His glorious Self, we can enjoy the glory and grace He is offering us this very moment.

6 thoughts on “Out of the Mouths of Mothers of Babes

  1. I read a few days ago a comment from someone on a post about Christian sayings that bug people. One of them commented that they are bothered when people say “God is good all the time, all the time God is good”. Saying that they have never heard anyone say that in the hard times just when life is great and going their way. It made me think back to our stay with Heidi at Vandy and the song “even in the valley God is good”. We can see the goodness of God in the hard times- also because of a thankful heart.

    This is a great reminder – and the momma of 5 boys is one precious lady 😊

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    1. Yes, she is, Judith 🙂 And I know another younger mother of five who has taught me a bunch!! Not only through your faith through Heidi’s ordeal, but for many years as I’ve observed you. I believe God has something very special planned for you and your family, even greater than He’s already done. I pray for you and SO look forward to getting to watch Him bless and use you far beyond you could dream! Isn’t it funny how we can lose sight of all He’s got planned as He humbles us in the trenches of diaper changing and scrambling for a recipe for supper?! 🙂


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