Wisdom from Charlene Potterbaum

I would share the same words I shared with a young mother whose lament sounded the same as mine when I was in the business of raising my six wonderful kids. I remember well having some of the same feelings she expressed–overwhelmed, overburdened, wondering if having made the decision to be a “stay at home Mommy” might have been a wrong decision after all!

I told her that there was no older woman for me who could help get me back on track, so God did it for me.

I was cleaning out the little boy’s room, turning yucky socks right side out, prying hot chocolate cups off the dresser, while scrunching potato chips underfoot. I was fuming, and–feeling defeated. When, from the Sweetest Presence, I heard a Voice so lovingly say, “What if this were your last day to do this for them…what would you do differently?”

And it brought me to my knees! I sobbed, and put that smelly sock right on my heart, and wept out my request for forgiveness for having had such resistant, selfish thoughts. This totally changed how I looked at things from then on. I came to honor the value of the old admonition that said we should “live each day as though it were our last”….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.

Charlene is a passionate quilter and the bestselling author of Thanks Lord, I Needed That!

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Tammy Baxter
Tammy B4 years ago

beautiful! I'll have to keep this in mind when I am picking up my husband and son's smelly socks!

Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Thank-you for the interesting article.

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Cynthia Blais
cynthia l6 years ago

thnak you

Matilda H.
Past Member 6 years ago


Sheleen Addison
Sheleen Addison6 years ago

Thank you for sharing this it has made me look at things differently

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

This was a recent occurrence in my life and I can't tell you how grateful I am that it's changed how I deal with the issues I must each day. I didn't pray or sob, but slowly the realization happen and presto, one day the attitude finally changed! Much, much better for everyone!

Thanks for the article.

irene fernandez
irene Fernandez6 years ago


Loo Samantha
Loo sam6 years ago

so very true, thanks for sharing.