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Wisdom from Charlene Potterbaum

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

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

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8:28AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

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

1:10AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Thank-you for the interesting article.

5:37PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

2:17AM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:23AM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

thnak you

5:17AM PDT on Oct 4, 2011


4:01AM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

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

10:09PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

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.

9:21PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011


7:39PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

so very true, thanks for sharing.

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