Saturday, March 06, 2010

all is well.

There's no doubt that being a mom is big stuff. Whether you are a working mom, a stay-at-home mom, a homeschooling mom, 2 kids, 8 kids... it's hard work. While there is "nothing new under the sun", the world we live in is quite grueling when it comes to instructing our children with our values . You can't even go to the mall without half-naked woman plastered all over the place, watch television without blatant language that is no longer suggestive, and everything that was in the closet 50 years ago is now out there for all to see.

God is aware of this. And you know what? He says His grace is sufficient. So each morning we are given new mercies and we go at it with a plow in one hand and a sword in another.

I exhausted my self in dotting every "i" and crossing every "t". I am brutally responsible and take on more than I should. I suppose the opposite side of this are moms who are too lenient and carefree about their responsibilities. But leave it to God, who is always tenderly guiding us even when we don't feel it, and showing us that the buck doesn't stop with us. It stops with Him. 

I have found throughout my life that God is not wasteful. He really does use everything to work out for good in our lives. We often do not see this until we've passed a few times through a dark or thorny path in our journey. In time we find we not only look for Him when the path becomes seemingly inaccessible, but we expect Him. This is what it means to learn of Him. And He uses each daily interactions to reveal Himself to us.

When we go to the beach and we watch the waves, do we try to figure out how and why? Maybe we've thought about it once or twice but we just sit and enjoy. Sometimes I think we've complicated our lives in trying to analyze and work at life. Look at all of the books, classes, magazines, and talk shows available to us today. They are geared to one kind of thinking-  like figuring out how the waves work. How about we take a step back and enjoy being a mom?  Don't be consumed with the weight of this world we live in with all of the stresses that seem to want to overtake us. We can't fight it by running around trying to feed our children everything good. It's going to tire a mom out very quickly... doing, doing, doing. Learn to shut out the noise and realize that you are just the right mom for your children. Relax.

Yes, there is a great responsibility in being a mother. But in our goal oriented, how-to world, remember that God is over all. He is intricately involved and intricately responsible for your children. There is rest and comfort in knowing that. And He knows what you can do and what you cannot do. He knows your weaknesses. Just keep loving the Lord and doing all that you know you must do and leave the rest to Him. You are not alone. He is with you.

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