We all know that in life sometimes things can change in a blink of an eye. At times we may say we knew that a shift was on the horizon but somethings you just can't prepare for. We have all been on the receiving end of of good or bad news surprised by good and bad information and had to choose how we would respond to it:
I say that because as I reflect on the past 5 months, I can tell you that I know this all too well with a new baby in the house. Once again, all of our worlds changed, especially for our 2-year-old daughter. We are literally still figuring out routines for the little ones as each one has different needs. So, this is just life right now and the season we are in.
In these past couple of months life had been a challenge due to the fact that our little Sofia has been struggling to gain weight. We rejoice when she gains another pound but it has been trying. Let's just say tired has a new meaning right now : -)
So any normal human being would want to skip the hard parts of life. Am I right?However, I have been studying James 1 and I just see it come to life in seasons like this. Jesus is using it to prune me and reveal my weakness. He uses trails to build perseverance in me. At each trail I am asking for Holy Spirit insight at every turn. Could it be this is exactly the plan He had in mind for me all along. I find comfort in that He uses it all. Nothing is wasted, no not even waking up every 2-3 hours for feedings. I am leaning into the Lord more than ever with two children and I know God is in this!
Each moment I find myself in regret for the things I did wrong and mom guilt settles in. (oh how awful this feels) It's like you feel your not doing enough for one while taking care of the other one. Wouldn't it be easy to skip the hard parts in life? Imagine, we can just have all beautiful things and do away with the ugly parts.
One thing I know is His strength is being made perfect in my weaknesses. I see Jesus showing me how to love well and to honor Him. And when I get it wrong and it's not so pretty, I see His wonderful grace. So let me tell you I need Holy Spirits wisdom every day and every hour to survive.
3 scriptures I have held close in my heart these past 5 months
2 Corinthians 12: 9Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.His grace is sufficient in my weakness
James 1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.Ask for wisdom and He will give it to you
I have considered these words many times because I believe these are principles to live by. As we stand on The Word of God our heart becomes stable because we settle into the truth. I know there are tons of mom hacks out there, but there's nothing like going to Jesus. It's the ultimate hack! As I have stepped into a new depth of parenting, I have seen my faith deepen too.
My wonderful sister sent this quote recently that to me explains our season profoundly.
"I learned more about Christianity from my mother than from all the theologians in England."
- JOHN WESLEY
John Wesley was a powerful bible-believing Christian who became an evangelist for the Lord. And his ultimate example of Christianity came from his mother! So beautiful and sobering. This is so convicting because our children and our spouse are our closest neighbors. My prayer is that I am always an example to them first and foremost.
Even though I have disconnected from my former routines, I see I'm in the right place. I am a Christian and if they don't see my relationship with God in my own home, then what am I even doing? My position right now is to teach them how to pray and how to seek Him. To teach them moral values. To encourage them to be confident and bold and courageous! This is my season and I am embracing it.
This is my season to build mighty women for Christ and it is such a privilege. It feels different and it looks different, but it's God! So, now more than ever I'm embracing this sweet honor.
So, what's your season? I encourage you today to invite the Lord into it. Ask Him to show up for you in new ways. Stay in prayer and keep asking Him for wisdom. You will see his strength perfected I promise.
Many times my mentor ask me "How is The Lord showing up for you?" For me, He is showing up as Jehovah Jireh (Provider), Jehovah Nissi (God is my refuge) and Jehovah Shaman (Ever present) .
In each tender moment, he comes and stills me. And sometimes all I can say is Jesus help. At each step of defeat and even in my tears and my desperation, He comes. 🙌🏽
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of need.
So, as you reflect on your current season I hope you can ask yourself ; Who is the Lord for me in this season? I would love to know! Come testify and let's partner in prayer for your season!
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Remember He is for you, invite Him in!