A couple of weeks ago I was having a particularly tough day being a mom when I read my devotion titled Benedictions. Truth be told I didn’t know the word and if I had ever heard it I don’t remember.

The word Benediction is meant to describe a spoken blessing. In my devo it was using the word to describe the perspective of how we as mothers (and fathers!) should look upon parenthood.

Let me rewind a little. So this tough day I’m talking about included among other things a toddler who wouldn’t listen, a dinner that needed to be made, dishes that needed to be done, a toddler now in time out for not listening,  and toys all over the living room. Mostly normal in our house but I was exhausted that day. My patience as a person had run out and so my patience as a  mom had run out.

I’m normally one to look for the good in everything but it gets clouded often these days by the stress and business of life. And I’m the one at fault for letting life cloud my sight.

Instead I should know that I am blessed.

25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.   – James 1:25

It says it as plain as day right there. We will be blessed in what we do.

In every aspect of parenthood remember to find the benediction (spoken blessing). Silence the frustrations and listen for the benediction because it is there. Moms and dads, don’t let life and parenthood cloud your sight. You are not suffering in your journey you are blessed in all of it!

With love,


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