Who Loves You More?

ChildOne day, my Mom shared with me that God had spoken to her when she was praying for me during my wayward years.  She described how God told her as much as she loved me, He loved me so much more.  I am sure God’s purpose for sharing that with my mother was to give her peace about the circumstances she could not control at that time. 

I am very thankful my mom shared that story with me because it has been a great help to me after I became a mother.  Especially in the beginning, when we first brought the boys home from their long stay in the hospital’s NICU, there were many times I was overwhelmed with anxiety and fear.  They seemed so fragile and helpless.  I did not have the nurses and monitors to alert me if something was wrong.  The only choice I had was to trust God with it all.

I began to meditate on what my mom had shared with me.  I thought to myself, if I love them anymore, my heart will burst!  And, God loves them more than that.  I could not even fathom how great His love for them must be. 

When we are filled with fear or anxiety about our children, we must stop and remember the limitless love our Heavenly Father has for them.  As much as we want to protect them and care for them, how much more does He?  I know it is almost impossible to never worry or have concern when our babies are involved – no matter how old they are, but let this knowledge bring you peace.  He has His arms around our children, just like He has his arms around us.  As much as we love them, He loves them an unfathomable amount more.

Dear Lord,

 Thank You for loving us so much that You gave Your only Son to die on the cross.  It is amazing how great Your love for us is!

 Help us to realize the depth of Your love, not only for us but for our precious children.  Remind us of this when we experience fear or anxiety over those we care for.  Give us the wisdom to leave our uncertainties and concerns in Your hands and not be overtaken by fear of the unknown.

 Thank you, Lord, for Your never-ending, unfailing, unmatchable love!

 In Jesus’ name ~ Amen

 

What If?

The other day, I didn’t feel well, and I developed several symptoms that prompted me to visit the walk-in clinic.  After talking with the doctor, she decided to do some blood work.  She told me to get some rest and not to worry.  So, of course, using my “Google doctor degree”, I began researching my symptoms.  Several of the possible diagnoses were quite scary, which prompted me to do the exact thing she had advised me not to do…worry.

Later that evening, I began running several of these possible scenarios through my mind.  At some point, after I had diagnosed myself with a near death sentence, I finally came back to reality.  I had to remind myself I didn’t know what was wrong and all this unnecessary “what if” nonsense was only causing me harm.

 Why do many of us spend time contemplating all the “what ifs” in life?  I know I allow this to happen in my own life, way too often.  Instead of things made up in our minds and planted by the enemy, wouldn’t our time be much better spent pondering the things God has instructed us to think on?

Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing.  Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

 And, when we have concerns, whether they be about our children or our own selves, God wants us to take them to Him.  Talk it out and pray it out with Him.  Acting out scary scenarios in our minds is not healthy for us and can cause us unnecessary worry, fear, and anxiety.   When faced with these things, you can never go wrong by giving it to the Lord and leaving it there.  There is an old hymn, composed in 1916 by Charles Tindley, titled Leave it There.  I love the chorus of this hymn:

butterfly with rock

Leave it there, leave it there,

Just take your burden to the Lord, oh and leave it there.

If you trust Him through your doubt, He will surely bring you out.

Take your burden to the Lord, leave it there.

I never want my children to develop unhealthy fears or waste their time worrying over things they have no control over.  Since they learn so much from watching and imitating me, it is so important that I be a good example for them and remove these things from my life.  I hope they instead learn how to take their concerns to the Lord and leave them there.  I pray they always let God handle it and wait for His instruction.

By the way, I am okay.  My health issue is something that can be worked through. 

Seasons of Motherhood

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Do you ever find yourself feeling as if you are just getting by in this thing called motherhood?  Do you feel like you are just surviving and maybe struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel?  I want to help you see these times with different eyes.  I want to encourage you and cheer you on.  Most importantly, Mama, I want to remind you of what a mighty and fierce warrior you are in Christ.

Just like the seasons of the year, we all face different seasons in our lives, especially as mothers.  Sometimes those seasons are joyous and sometimes they are full of trials.  No matter what season you are in, always remember that God is right there with you, even in the midst of it.  If you ask Him and allow Him, He will guide you through, no matter what the circumstances may be.  He has promised us many things in His Word and as a child of God.  We have the authority to claim those promises in our lives and on the lives of those we are responsible for. 

God will not leave us no matter what we are going through.  He is not a fair-weather friend, only there in good times or when there is a benefit for Himself.  He is with us every step of the way.  No matter if those steps are easy, level, and clear, or if they are rocky, overgrown with weeds, and difficult to navigate.

He is everything we need, but we must give Him everything that we are.  It is not easy to do and it is something  we must constantly work on.  Our flesh wants to take control, worry over it, and try and fix it, but God did not create us to do that.  He created us to fully rely on Him and trust Him for all our needs.

My main prayer is that you trust Jesus Christ as your Savior, if you have not already, and develop an intimate relationship with Him.  If you have already made that decision, my hope is your relationship with Him will continue to grow stronger and closer every day.  Next, I pray you find encouragement as a mom through the stories I share.  God bless you!