Motherhood is a battle.
Can I get an “Amen”?
Here are some battles I’ve had to fight this week:
picking up sock (yes, there was only one sock – can anyone tell me where that other sock goes???)
saying “Thank you”
Can I just say – I’m so tired of the battles! I’m tired of fighting the small little wars that wage in my house. The war seems long and it is hard to fight the mental, physical, and spiritual battles of raising little ones.
To fight my battles, I may need more sleep – but who really has time for that? Instead, let’s fight the battles with two truths:
God still loves you, and so do your children.
“Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me, for the Bible tells me so.” We all need to give each other more grace and ourselves more grace. Our failures (or even successes) do not determine how much God loves us. Our little ones do not measure us on our successes or failures either. They might feel like they like us less when we punish or correct them. They might feel like they like us more when we reward or praise them. Their love for us does not change. Neither does the Father’s. The One who hung the stars and marks when a tiny sparrow falls knows the number of hairs on your head – even when you want to pull them all out. He loves you. Say (or sing it) to yourself: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”
Let the truth of God’s word sink deep in your broken and beat-up heart: I John 3:1 – “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us that we should be called the children of God.” and I John 3:16 “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”
God is equipping you.
As I picture our little China girl, I am scared. I am scared. I am afraid that she will have questions about her birth parents, country, and origins that I will not be able to answer. I am afraid that when she starts to grieve the loss as the years go by, that I won’t be able to guide her. I look at my sons and I want to hold them in my arms and protect them from the hurt of the world, but I don’t know how.
You’ve heard it said that you are the perfect mother your children need. Truth. Mommas, that is truth. God gave you those littles ones, whether you birthed them through the pain of childbirth, c-section, adoption, or foster care – those children are the ones you were meant to raise. God will not give you something and not provide the tools to accomplish it. You will have the knowledge you need. You will have the resources. You will have the help. It may seem as if you are floundering. You are not. God has given you and will continue to give you the resources you need.
Let the truth of God’s word sink deep into your doubting mind: I John 4:13 – “By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.” and John 14:16 – “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth…for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
No matter the battle – take the truth with you! God loves you. God is equipping you.
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