Can I just be real? Being a mom is so hard! I mean, no one ever told me that it would be this hard! There is no book titled “Amy, do this when your kid does that.”
Too bad, because I would use that book everyday of my life! Don’t you always find those parenting books lacking real life situations and solutions to your specific “problem”?
The magazine Home Life had a great article titled “Blood Sweat and Prayers” by Brook McGlothlin. Brooke wrote, “Sometimes, the greater lesson is in our failures because our limitations are often what lead us to the cross for help.”
For some reason, this gave me a great sense of relief. I was reminded, at that moment, I was supposed to fail at being a mom. It’s only then that I run to Him in desperation and cling to His Word. My failures are a window for God’s strength to shine through. Sure I read His Word daily and pray over my children regularly. But it’s not until I am in the thick of it that my prayers feel heavy with desperation, knowing I have no control over my situation.
Do you feel like a failure at something? Are you lacking control over a situation that only God can help you with?
Well, you are in good company my friend! We just have to realize we can’t do it on our own—but that is a good thing! God wants us to do it through His strength and power—not ours. If we could accomplish it with our own strength then we would get all the praise and glory, but if we allow God to come and take over, He gets the praise. He is the one who is worthy of all the praise! Through my own personal experience, when we allow God to do it His way, it is always 10 times better than we ever could have done it anyways.
The best book for all of us “failures” to rely on every day is, of course God’s Word, the Holy Bible. Cling to it and cherish it as the saving grace that it is. Cry out to God and admit you can’t do it without Him. He is waiting to save you in your distress.
“Perhaps the best place for a weary mom to be is exhausted and on her knees”—Brooke McGlothlin
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Cor. 12:9).
By no means is this a way for us to assume failure position and just give up, throwing in the towel, leaving it all up to God to work out. No! We should walk in the strength we have and rest in the shadow of His wings as to finish this marathon we call life.
Pursuing God in your time of need is most defiantly a worthy pursuit!