“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither.. our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow..” Romans 8:37-38
There are days when you’re so parched for the Word. “I don’t know how to fit everything in 24 hours, God.”, you say. Or nights you fall tired asleep in the middle of your prayer. These are hard days. I know. You can barely keep your bloodshot eyes open, there’s baby crying relentlessly, there’s strategy meetings, pumping milk in between… The list is overwhelming.
This is the story for many of us. Our Bible reading plans have began to stall. And even if you do get time with God, it doesn’t feel life-giving. Praying have become just another thing to manage on your already full plate. And it’s been going on for a while.
If I may, dear sister, hug you and remind you this:
Breathe. Liberate from the material world. Unite yourself with God. And rest in His word.
A full schedule without God is like a pool without water. It is an empty heart. Something vital is missing in order for you to get the full potential out of the pool. The same is true for marriage and motherhood. You can never really get to your full potential as a wife and a mother without His grace. It is that vital element that, if left out, will leave you empty, wandering and confused how to fill the space.
Breathe and calm yourself.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:;28-29
We are more than the sum of every demand that flits through the roles we do as a multi-tasking woman. Yes, we are just humans. But God is bigger than all pressures thrown at us. He is able to give us controlled emotion if we only ask. He wants us to manage our heart, not allowing negative emotions to capture us and lead us astray. And we only receive this spirit of discipline by constant communication with God. The bible tells us to pray without ceasing, to consult the Father about everything, to allow Him to become so ingrained in our life that we cannot imagine life without Him.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
Imagine walking down a dark alley, a little frustrated and scared because you happen to stumble on something, but cannot see how to get around it because it’s so dark. What do you do?
The Word, according to Psalm 119:105, is a lamp to your feet and light to your pathway. It is through His word that you will understand that He does work all things for His purpose. Everything you need to know to work things out in your life is in God’s Word. There is so much positive wisdom for life in the Word and all you have to do is open the book.
It is important to ask our Father to show you what He promises you for each day. Start by strictly setting aside some time every day to allow God to light your path. Liberate yourself by meditating on His Word. Read the scripture for what comforting promises He has in store for you, allowing it to fill back up the area you emptied within yourself.
Starting the day with a good brewed coffee with God will help you unblock whatever’s hindering you from seeing the beauty of your life, your motherhood and marriage.
Claim God’s promise.
“And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” – 2 Peter 1:4
He didn’t promise that our role as a woman would be easy, but He did promise that He would never leave you. As you read God’s word, He will send his light and truth so you see this and feel that He really is your exceeding joy amidst the chaos and busyness of your life. Then, when you see that infinite joy is found in him, you’ll want to spend more and more time with him.
The Spirit’s nature is always inviting to claim our Father’s promises. As you read God’s word, remember they are the expression of unutterable love and pity. The great heart of unconditional love is drawn toward us with boundless compassion.
Believe that God is your great comfort and helper. He wants to see you bloom as a virtuous woman. As you invite Him inside you and fill your heart with His Word, He will draw near to you with the fruits of the Spirit. So come with your whole heart to our Father, and claim His promise.
And then trust Him.
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
Having a fixed quiet time and a moment for bible reading every day are important, just as your confidence in God. Once you’ve claimed your promises, you must pray for what you’ve learned in order for it to make a real difference in your day.
In the quiet moments of prayer, God lays His loving hands over our hearts to know our desires.There is no right posture. Kneeling, standing, and lying prostrate are not necessary to pray but you can, if you feel so moved. While you can do all of those things, and they are important in their own way, you can just as well be in the toilet, or laundry area, laying down or even at your desk in the midst of meeting, praying. You also don’t have to be loud as you pray, speak in tongues, or have an audience to pray. Just pray.
Then, trust Him. Stop answering your own prayers. God can be trusted. We can’t and shouldn’t try to control Him. He made the world. He holds everything together. And Jesus, at great cost, brings us unto Himself. He got this. From keeping the fire in your marriage, to your crying baby, to your piling laundry to your blowing budget. Believe it.
So my dear burnt-out mom, you can trust the Lord today, Take your burdens to Him, let Him guide and direct you, and then believe that He will come through for you.
“May the Lord bless you, and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you;. May the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
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