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‘Mommy can’t do this, but Jesus can’

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Often Dancisak find herself trying to stack up to the world’s standard and feels guilty that she’s not doing enough for Ethan, that she can’t provide a father for him, or even buy him a $50 Big Hugs Elmo for Christmas. 

“It’s not easy to not compromise and not give in and to fight, but my favorite Scripture says ‘Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world,’” she said. “I don’t feel victorious, but Jesus Christ is victorious in my life.”

Her fears in parenting extend to how she is raising up Ethan to love God. She admits she feels like she doesn’t know what she’s doing and wonders how she can point him to Christ when she struggles with spiritual disciplines herself. 

And yet despite the odds and the seemingly impossible battle she fights, she’s come to see that being the perfect mom isn’t the answer: “If I were a perfect mother, why would [Ethan] need a savior? God has me in all my weakness to show him how much he needs a savior. If Ethan sees me cry or lonely, at least I can say ‘Mommy can’t do this, but Jesus can.’”

Angela Lu
Angela Lu

Angela is a reporter for WORLD Magazine who lives and works in Taiwan. She enjoys cooking, reading, and storytelling. Follow Angela on Twitter @angela818.


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