A Mother’s Prayer of Humility

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.

From the desire of being Mother of the Year,

Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being the most clever mama…
From the desire of being the craftiest mama …
From the desire of being told my kids are the best …
From the desire of having the best behaved children …
From the desire of having the biggest house…
From the desire of being the best cook …
From the desire of being the most efficient …

Deliver Me, Jesus.

From the fear of my children failing …
From the fear of being left out of playdates…
From the fear of messing my kids up …
From the fear of forgetting to train my children properly …
From the fear of my children leaving me …
From the fear of my children rejecting me …
From the fear of doing things the wrong way …
From the fear of falling behind…

That other Mothers may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be more crafty than I …
That, in the opinion of the world,
others insight and methods may increase and I may decrease …
That others chore charts may be chosen and mine set aside …
That others may be praised and I unnoticed …
That others may be preferred to me in everything…
That others may be more organized than I, provided that I may become as organized as I should

Amen

Written by Rachel Balducci, inspired by her need for this prayer.
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Comments

  1. Alishia Hanson says:

    Since the humility prayer is one of my favorites, this is AWESOME! Laughing and crying through it enjoyably.

    • I have a need for this prayer, Rachel–thank you for sharing it! As my boys grow up and away from me (out of the 5, 1 is married and 2 are engaged), there are many lines in it that resonate with me. I often feel very little compared to other mothers; but I need to work harder at embracing that littleness! I need to work on having true humility. This is a beautiful prayer, and I’m going to refer to it frequently in the months to come, as we prepare for two weddings just months apart.

  2. Amen! I needed to read this tonight. Thank you.

  3. scotch meg says:

    Oh, yes. Yes, indeed. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Aunt Catherine says:

    Does this mean you want to come up here and clean my kitchen? I will take that medal of honor for dirtiest house with the least amount of excuses. haaaaa. But awesome prayer. Amen.

  5. Wow. Brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve never thought too much about how these things are signs of my pride–you are so right, though! Thanks for your insight! I’m printing this off!

  6. I would love to see this as a printable! I need to hang this on my wall and pray it daily. thank you.

  7. Yes! Yes is all I can say! I have two little girls (ages 5 and 3) and motherhood feels more competitive than I thought it would. I find myself comparing myself to other moms. I loved this prayer! This is exactly what I needed to read right now.

  8. I love it. So funny and great prayer for humility.

  9. Angela Weaver says:

    This is great, Rachel. It really struck a chord with me. May I share it with my homeschool co-op?

  10. this is so perfect. printing it out and hanging it in my bathroom.

  11. Beautiful! Thank you!

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