Most of us have problems that arise in our lives. My belief is that the way we handle those problems show how much God is at work in each of us. Whether great or small.
This phrase stuck strongly in my mind as I reflected on one of those days where I’ve felt defeated as a mom and wife. Attitudes flared that day, frustration was at the core of each situation and stress plagued the night. I just wanted to get through the day without having to wrestle someone and put them in a headlock.
A holy mess.
What that means to me is that no matter where God takes us on this road to righteousness, his master plan is to refine us by the fire of our trials and tribulation.
I slip up and yell some things that probably are best unsaid. I thought some things that God would not have been pleased with and I’m pretty sure my mannerisms displayed it all. But God is working on me…on us. His word is alive and at work in our everyday lives. It heals, restores, and renews. We are holy and we are a mess, still clay in the potters hand being molded and shaped to his design.
Motherhood is hard but such a wonderful blessing. Being a wife is an amazing honor but there are times I don’t want to care for my family the way I do and would like to just escape and steal away those quiet moments or better, sleep.
I’m sure I’m not the only one.
I pray today that we mama’s, whether weary, tired or in distress would continue to look to Jesus as the author and finisher of our faith and that we would, even in our weariness, trust the Lord with all of our hearts and continue in the strength of him to get up daily and devote our lives to him by stewarding our families and our lives well. I pray that we will have the strength to go to God and in honesty spill our hearts and let his word wash and renew us.
Life for us unravels and we spend a lot of time trying to roll it all up. We work hard trying to get it all together and other times we just let some of those tangles just hang all out. There are times when motherhood is disappointing, when some moments are not wished to be relived. But here dear friends is a reminder that our children are our gift even though we feel undeserved . Our husbands are our blessing, even when we are defeated, and this work that we have been called to, to care for and nurture our needy families, is not useless, unprofitable or burdensome.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. -1 Corinthians 15:58
Sometimes we need to be reminded that our job is valuable and vital, that we are important and appreciated and loved. That even in our messiness, God is choosing and rooting for us.
I’d like to share this video today in hopes that it will encourage those mama’s who are burnt out and in need of a joy booster or that reminder. For us moms and women who feel like our mess is bigger than our calling.
This is for the MOMS.