Are you are going through a season of difficulty and feeling totally overwhelmed? It seems like we’re always going through a valley, climbing out of pit or coming up on a pothole! Am I right?! The struggle is so real… If you’re walking through a difficult season right now, I want you to know that this too shall pass!
Motherhood is a demanding task riddled with sleepless nights and copious amounts of dry shampoo. I definitely don’t have it all figured out, actually it’s quite the opposite but I have found a few ways to help myself overcome the difficult moments and I wanted to share them with you!
Know Your Enemy
Listen, I know that some days it might seem like the entire world is against you. Here’s the thing, someone is out to get you! We have a very real enemy and it ain’t your husband, your co-worker or the guy who cut you off in traffic. No, no friend. Our enemy is Satan. He has a vendetta against you and your family! He is prowling and ready to pounce on us when we’re weak. When we’re tired and overwhelmed it can be easy to neglect our spiritual walk and leave ourselves vulnerable and prone to believe his lies. Don’t let him catch you off guard! Call him out on his lies!
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12, NIV
As a Mother of three children four years old and under there are plenty of days that I can hardly hear myself think. There are moments when it’s meltdown city and everyone is crying including me. On those days, I hear guilt whisper “You’re not a good mom, they deserve better than you.” and it’s tempting to believe it but it isn’t the truth.
Here’s what Jesus said about the devil “He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44b ,NLT
When I find myself under attack and my mind bombarded with negativity I’ve started to proclaim truth. I Ask myself “What does God say?” and if it doesn’t line up with who God says I am I send it right back to Hell where it came from.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1, NLT
I feel that soul care and self care are of equal importance. We can’t pour from an empty coffee mug! This will undoubtedly look different for each person but for me it means finding moments to seek refuge, pray and listen to worship music. Maybe for you it’s as simple as carving out a little bit of time to meditate and reflect. Perhaps prayer journaling, a gratitude list or a brisk walk alone is more your thing. Whatever it is that feeds your soul, do it. It is time well spent and so good for you!
“The Lord is close to the broken-hearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18, NLT
If you read nothing else I say, read this:
There is nothing too difficult or insignificant to bring to God. Involve Him in the gritty moments. God is always good but that doesn’t mean that life will always be good. It’s okay to acknowledge the hard things just don’t camp out there!
Instead 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. Philippians 4:8, NLT
Friend, life is fleeting. It’s messy and it’s beautiful. Motherhood can feel mundane and overwhelming all at once but it is truly a radical calling. Motherhood is an anointed assignment: Your mission field is within the walls of your home! Mothering is kingdom work!