With Mother’s Day just a week away, I wanted to share a free printable with you and a little lesson in grace I experienced last week. On May 2nd (tomorrow) in your Anchored Press Planner, I ask you to write down your 5 greatest strengths as a mother. In my planner I wrote mine on a sticky note and used my journaling space for a prayer (I mix it up and “color outside the lines” a lot in my planner!).

After I wrote my TOP 5, I was curious and had Madelyn (my 13-year old) write out what she thought were my 5 greatest strengths. And you know what? 4 out of 5 were completely different than mine! The tasks that fill my planner pages, like volunteering at school and never missing a sporting event, didn’t even make her top 5. She thinks I’m great because I love God, I’m caring, I’m passionate about being a mom, I’m funny and I make yummy dinners (which was the only thing that matched on our lists).

I’m learning that the things that I’m busying myself with are not the things that make her love me more, or more importantly, make her a better person.

This was also a good lesson in grace. I think as mothers we get caught up in all the things that are expected of us from our circle of influence. Don’t get me wrong, they are still good things. I delight in watching my daughter use her gifts to play sports and I do love being at school so I can get to know the people that she spends most of her waking hours with. But, I also learned from this exercise that I can cut myself some slack when it comes to trying to making it all happen. And, in the end, I want her to remember that I loved Jesus, cared deeply and was passionate about being her mama! These are the things that should be filling my planner pages.

Below is the link to the above printable. If you don’t have kids, print the verse out and put it in a frame for your own mama to enJOY!

Download Mother's Day PRINTABLE here

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So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Romans 12:2 MSG