#PreApproved Writer of the Week: Kristin Hill Taylor

May 6, 2014 | 6 comments

#PreApproved Sisterhood Series


Welcome to a new series, hosted here on the blog. Every Tuesday night, one of our PreApproved sisters will share her story on letting go of a love idol.

Together, we’re giving up our love idols, and we’re not taking them back.

We are already approved; we have nothing to prove. In Christ, we are #preapproved.

PreApproved in Motherhood
Kristin Hill Taylor

Seven years ago today, I became a momma. An adoption process that also was a faith journey led me to that hospital room , where I held my baby girl for the first time. She was just hours old and we’d witnessed her brave birth mom deliver her into this world.

I knew being a mom would change me. I just had no idea how much.

I came into motherhood a perfectionist who wanted to control details, define days by how much I accomplished, and measure my worth by how long my baby slept and how she behaved. I embraced motherhood, but I held on too tightly to a desire for approval from anyone who would give it to me.

Then I saw my reflection in my daughter’s little life. I saw her scared to try something new because she hadn’t yet mastered it. I saw her mood crumble when life didn’t go the way she expected. I saw her stress about first-grade homework.

I understood every single one of those scenarios she was facing. I knew how she felt inside.

Yet God had brought me on a journey to smash those idols – those replacement loves that distracted me from Christ’s love. It’s been a long, hard journey to admit and then abandon my perfectionist ways that crave approval.

Actually, I’m still on the journey.

But I’m a better momma when I can reflect Christ into my daughter’s life rather than pass down my Type A tendencies. I’m not perfect, but I’m being perfected by a perfect God. Notice the drastic difference when perfect is an unattainable adjective and when it’s an ongoing verb.

If we could do everything perfectly all of the time, we wouldn’t need a savior. In realizing my need for a savior, I’m freer to embrace life as it is with crumbs under the kitchen table, dirty dishes in the sink, piles of laundry waiting to be washed or perhaps folded on a good day, and days that don’t go as planned.

Regardless of the condition of our house or heart, I’m preapproved because of what Christ did for me on a cross. The more I rest in the promise that Christ’s love is enough, I’m freer to live this life, the one God has given me.

God chose me to be Cate’s mom long before I wandered in my infertility wilderness.  In becoming and being her mom, God has rescued my heart from craving approval and yearning for perfectionism. I want Cate to inherit a legacy of faith and not the burden of her perfectionist mom’s bad habits.

Today I’m celebrating Cate’s life on her 7th birthday and I’m praising God for the journey to and through motherhood that continues to change me.

Kristin Hill Taylor lives in Murray, Ky., with her husband, Greg, and two kids – 7-year-old Cate and 4-year-old Ben. She can often be found trying to beat her husband in Words with Friends, playing games of Settlers of Catan with her best friends, listening to her daughter’s stories, reminding her son to be careful, or texting her friends. She believes in taking road trips, living in community, and documenting real life. You can keep up with her at www.kristinhilltaylor.com  or follow her on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.


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Place these where ever your Love Idols have lurked!

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Click here to print. My gift to you, brave soul!

by | May 6, 2014 | 6 comments


  1. Elizabeth Stewart

    Happy birthday to your beautiful girl. I’m so glad God’s grace is at work in us as we fumble our way through motherhood. I know my perfectionist tendencies were not easy on my three, (now grown), daughters. Thank God, by His grace, they are wonderful, Jesus loving and serving women.

    • KristinHillTaylor

      Oh yes so thankful for that grace in motherhood … and every other part of life. 🙂 Thanks for reading, Elizabeth!

  2. Beth

    Happy Birthday again to your sweet Cate. I’ve so enjoyed following along in your journey this year of smashing your love idol. You’ve been an inspiration. Love you, friend. xoxo

    • KristinHillTaylor

      Thanks, Beth. Your friendship has been such an encouragement on this journey. I’m so grateful for the time this last weekend with you. Love you!

  3. dukeslee

    So, so, so good to have you here, Kristin. It’s been a joy to have you on the Love Idol journey. Happy birthday to Cate!

    • KristinHillTaylor

      Thanks, Jennifer! I’m so glad to share here and appreciate your words that have inspired this Love Idol message that God is using in a mighty way in my life. I’m so grateful our paths have crossed on this big ‘ole Internet. XOXO.


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