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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William C
William Cabout a month ago

Thank you.

W. C
W. Cabout a month ago


Tammy Baxter
Tammy B5 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 Watola5 years ago

Thank-you for the interesting article.

Duane B.
.6 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.