Being a mom is hard. Especially in 2020. I laugh as I read this meme, but man is this the truth these days:
Last year, I found this treasure trove of scriptures from Early 2 Bed Early 2 Rise. I literally searched Pinterest for “scriptures for tired moms” when I found this. As I read through these verses, I realized something important about being a mom: sometimes, my priorities are different than God’s priorities for me.
I want my home to be the perfect combination of sparkling clean while being accessible and cozy. I want to strike that perfect balance of having unadulterated fun with my children while also teaching them boundaries and discipline. I want to read them the perfect books, teach them their letters, cook the perfect meals – oh and of course I want to have that perfectly lithe yoga body while my hair stays in their perfect spiral curls.
Are you noticing a theme?
Perfection. That’s what I’m striving for as a mom.
But you want to know the truth? No one is perfect. Except for God. (Mark 10:18)
Maybe this makes you feel defeated – we’ll never be the perfect moms – but I think this should makes us feel relieved.
We don’t have to be perfect. Because God already is.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.Isaiah 40:28-31
This week, my goal is to rest in God’s perfection and let go of my pursuit of my own.
I’m not advocating laziness – I’m advocating peace.
Mamas, God’s got you. When you’re worn out from chasing your crazy kiddos all day long, He will refresh you. When you feel defeated because you overreacted and snapped at your husband or child, He will forgive you. When you need that extra dose of wisdom, He will give it to you (James 1:5).
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.Isaiah 40:11
I love this verse because it reminds me that God is gentle with me. He knows that this is a difficult time of life when we have little ones to take care of. And He provides for that. He will carry us when we need Him to. All we need to do is ask.
I hope you’ll join me this week in experiencing God’s peace – His peace that is beyond human comprehension (Philippians 4:7). It makes no sense, and yet we get to have it!
What’s your favorite verse that reminds you to rest in God’s peace?
in John 1:1 Jesus tells his disciples “your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” Then he repeats himself in verse 27: “My peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world give. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful”
Amen. I love how He says that He doesn’t give to us the way the world does – I think I can sometimes expect God to act/give in a way that makes sense to me from a humanistic perspective, but God is so much greater than that!
My favorite right now: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13 NIV
I have to remember that sometimes if I’m not at peace, it’s directly correlated to me not trusting in him. I love this scriptures because I feel it empowering me through truth and the Holy Spirit living in me!
Oh and also I love this reminder that peace is greater than perfection. It is a relief to me knowing that I will never be perfect so in a sense it’s fruitless to strive for ULTIMATE perfection. But knowing that the Holy Spirit IS perfect and lives inside of me IS ENOUGH. 👌🏼 Also practically speaking, as a new mom I can spend hours overthinking, researching what’s “best” for my babe in every area. When really what’s best for her is for me to be at peace! And trying to research and study and read about the latest and best thing to do in this age is NOT peaceful. It gives me anxiety. My peace is worth not weighing every single decision so heavily.
Oh my gosh YESSSS so true. I’m with you 100%. Like, why do I need to read an article about the top 100 ways my child could die 🙈🙈🙈 but we get sucked into that stuff because we think that’s for the best. Instead of trusting in God and His plan/will/way. I love what you said that what’s best for her is for you to be at peace.
Amen! I love the idea of overflowing with hope because of the Holy Spirit.