I’ve made no secret about the fact that I am a Christian, However, the past couple of weeks have been harder than I expected they would be. Stressful actually. When you can’t eat, and you can’t sleep something has to give. I’m not telling you this to elicit your sympathy, but I’m sharing what I should have done the first day.
Give it to God.
What does that mean, anyways? It means that we do what 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to do, ‘Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” I should have and instead of leaning in on scripture I tried to do things in my own strength. Running to Jesus is where I get supernatural strength when I feel worn out, and find rest in Him.
It means opening my Bible and reading God’s promises, folding my hands to seek his forgiveness, praising him for his blessings, and humbly asking for the outcome I desire- trusting that he’ll fulfill the promise he made in Romans 8:28 “For we know that all things work for the good of those who love him.”
Keeping God’s Word at the forefront of my day goes a long way in helping me stay focused on kingdom perspectives instead of the pulls of this life. Every mom needs a pick-me-up when times get tough.
Get Joy – “Go and enjoy… for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
This too shall pass – “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
I do not have to worry – “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
Move when God says Move – “At the LORD’s command they encamped, and at the LORD’s command they set out. They obeyed the LORD’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses.” Numbers 9:23 and “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105 and “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14
Keep doing good – “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:9-10
Think before you speak – “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19
God loves me – “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
God is here with me – “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1-3
With God ALL Things Are Possible – “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
Soak in the truth of these verses. Your work is important, and what you’re doing right now, wiping boogers, packing lunch bags, folding laundry- it ALL matters.
Take heart & Be encouraged my friend… God Himself is with you and will strengthen you.