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Love Your Life: Remember you are not alone.

This is part four of a four-part series about things that I think can help you love your life as MOM a little bit more. For Part 1, go here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here.

Remember You Are Not Alone | Life as MOM

Hebrews 4 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. — Hebrews 4:15-16

No matter what challenges you’re facing, you need to know that you are not alone. Because you aren’t. None of us has this parenting gig down. And I’ll hazard a guess that as stellar as you are in some things, other things probably don’t go down with textbook perfection.

(Mine don’t.)

Hard things will come. I used to think that the worse thing that could happen to me was that I’d have a miscarriage. Then I had three in 11 months. It was horrible. But, God did not allow that to break me. My marriage grew stronger. And he gave us three more babies in the following 3 1/2 years. Now that’s what I call restoring what the locusts have eaten!

Harder things have come down the pike: cancer, death of a parent, debt, unemployment, taking my baby to Children’s Hospital in a helicopter. These were hard things.

And then there comes a hard day where a lot of silly, little things pile up, and it feels like the world is going to end.

But it doesn’t.

God is with us: in the hard, in the easy, in the silly, in the serious. He is there, and He doesn’t plan to go anywhere.

You are not alone.

So, what do we do? We take a deep breath, we trust that God has a plan for even our failures and shortcomings. We turn to Christ, who truly does know what it to be tempted, and we do the next thing that He’s called us to do.

God has drawn your boundary lines in beautiful places. They are different than mine or the girl next door. They are yours. And they are beautiful.

Loving your family and glorifying God – these are the end goals. You can do them. You can enjoy the process.

You can keep a smile on your face, thanks to Him who is able to do all things abundantly well.

Blessings to you this week!

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  1. Thank you. I was feeling quite alone before I read this post. My eldest daughter (with autism) is supposed to attend her graduation night tonight. But since she wasn’t able to join in the activities… instead of having her become the ‘center of attention’ (in the wrong way) I decided not to let her join. But her little brother is presenting a dance with his class, which I’d really loved to watch. Perhaps, just perhaps I’ll be going… with the girl. Just to enjoy the night. hopefully.

  2. Amen!

  3. This is so perfect, I feel like you wrote to me. I had a panic attack a month ago and since then things have been hard. I am trying to focuse on God and the beautiful gifts He gave me, my children. I am fighting against bad feelings every single day. It is so hard. But it was so good to read this, it gave me peace.
    Thank you.
    Your work is so worthy.
    More and more blessings to you and your family.

  4. Beautiful, Jessica, and so true!

  5. Jessica,
    I just wanted to thank you for this post; I’ve read it multiple times now. Six weeks ago I miscarried (it was our first) and I have been really struggling in self-pity and wondering how I could possible move on from such a hardship. The third paragraph especially spoke to me, reminding me to count the many blessings I do have and to be strong so I can weather the hardships that still lay ahead of me. You reminded me too that good things that have come out of this tragedy – it’s strengthen my relationship with God, added another dimension to my marriage, and taught me patience and empathy. As frustrating as it is for Type A me, I am slowly coming to the realization that even though God’s plans aren’t carbon copies of mine, I need to trust in Him and know He’ll always be with me in this journey.

  6. Thank you for this post. I truly enjoy reading your posts everyday. You are really a blessing to me. I really needed to read this today.
    Have a blessed day!

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