Dear Weary Mom,
I thought about you the other night, while I was putting away clothes in my 5 year old’s room. As I closed the armoire, I stepped back onto this blessed wooden throne for her castle set. Reeling in agony, I stepped off of it onto yet another sharp wooden piece to this same set.
All told, I stepped on 4 different pieces before my foot found soft carpet again. I’m sure I looked a bit like one of the Three Stooges, hopping wildly from one hard toy to the other before finding the floor.
I can laugh about it now, but I didn’t that night. I raised my voice and bellowed about the state of her room (messy, always). I said words like “you never” and “always“–hopeless statements that imply that the possibility for hope doesn’t exist. Words that say change is impossible. Moments like this make me question God and His purposes in choosing me for motherhood. I feel the weight of my mistakes so often.
And I thought about this, as I went to bed that night. How sometimes motherhood feels a bit like hopping from one uncomfortable thing to another, all the while we just want to find a soft place to set our feet. I thought about how the enemy uses the same words I used to my daughter, when he whispers to me that I will never get it right–or that I will always resort to raising my voice.
Maybe you’ve heard those words in your heart too? I’m betting you have.
I want to tell you today, that the only time you should ever believe the word never, is when you read this truth:
because God has said,“Never will I leave you;never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5, partial NIV)
And that word always, don’t accept that with any negative connotation cupped around it. Instead, when you think of the word, always, hear it in this context,
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20 NIV)
We won’t get it all right all of the time. We will say and experience things we wish we could undo, but hope remains. The only never and always we should live under, are the promises of God’s faithful and abundant grace for us in this season.
God is always with us, he will never leave us.
Hang in there, girlfriend, clinging to hope with you.
By His Strength, For His Glory,
Now it is your turn to share a “Dear Weary Mom” Letter:
Each Thursday, one of our writers from Team Hope will write a letter to a weary mom—an encouragement—and post it here on the blog. At the end of the post, we’ll invite you to join us by writing your own “Dear Weary Mom,” post and linking it up. If you choose to participate, please consider the following things:
1. This is a family-friendly site. Please only submit a post that builds up and encourages moms. It can be funny, but it can not be crude or contain profanity. We reserve the right to delete offensive posts, BUT we also plan to pin our favorite to our growing Pinterest board!
2. Please include a link back to this post from yours so we can all encourage each other.
3. Please use the graphic above in your post.
That’s it! We’re excited to see what God does through Dear Weary Mom, and can’t wait to see how He leads YOU to participate.