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?