Finding Comfort in God’s Unfailing Presence: A Mom’s Journey
In the whirlwind of our lives as mothers, it’s easy to forget that we are never alone. But, the truth is God is always present, right beside us and holding our hand. We just have to remember to look.
When our youngest daughter was 15 months old, we rushed her to the hospital after my mother (not me) noticed her forehead looked a bit swollen. I was so busy raising my four children, home educating them, and working (yes-all the things) that my tired eyes had totally missed it. My husband was out of town- I was “alone” – overwhelmed- and afraid.
With every mile and through every moment all the way to the hospital- I prayed. After the evaluation, the neurologist relayed the most dreaded news. There was fluid on her brain and a dangerous surgery was “the only hope.” Through a gut wrenching night, my sisters in Christ surrounded me. They brought food, they brought comfort and most importantly, they brought prayer. I felt God’s presence.
After shedding more tears than I have collectively in my entire life, I was able to release my fears for my precious girl’s life into the faithful arms of my Father. I only wanted His will. “He knows this heartbreak”, I reminded myself. He is all powerful over every detail of the surgery and all knowing over every need. He sees my brokenness, hears my cries and knows my pain. I am not alone. He.IS.With.Me.
In this surrender, I was bound to Him and Him to me. I was restored, assured and reconciled to the true “only hope.”
Sweet friends, our heavenly Father sees our struggles, He hears our cries, and He knows the depths of our hearts. He walks alongside us in our journey of motherhood, offering a source of comfort and strength that is beyond compare. Be still and know that truth:
“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”
Let’s worship Him as we take a moment to reflect on the beautiful truth that even in our most trying times, God’s unwavering presence remains our anchor of hope.
Scripture to Lean On:
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.”
Psalm 139:1-4 (ESV)
In this passage from Psalm 139, we are reminded that our Creator is intimately acquainted with every facet of our lives. He understands the demands of motherhood, the sleepless nights, and the moments of frustration that often accompany our roles. As we pour out our hearts before Him, we can rest assured that He listens attentively. He understands the unspoken words that linger in the depths of our hearts. We long to know and to plan and to protect, but sisters, it’s His job first. It’s simple but it’s not easy; We need only to follow.
God Sees Our Struggles
Imagine a scene where a young mother stands in her kitchen, surrounded by the chaos of dishes, spilled juice, and toys strewn about. She gazes out the window with a heavy heart, feeling the weight of her responsibilities. In this very moment, God’s eyes are fixed on her. He sees her weariness, her longing for a moment of quiet, and her desire to provide the best for her family.
“Rest in Me, dear daughter,” He beckons. “I AM strength in your weakness. I will not only sustain you but ABUNDANT life is found in me.”
He reminds her that those dishes give sustenance to the gifts of hungry children. She fills their tummies so He can fill their souls. The mess is the mission of play and peace and promise that this home is the first church her children, our children, will know. Your sacred role, from the laundry , to diapers to making dinner (again) is holy. Every step you take as a mother is sacred; it doesn’t feel like it, but feelings are indicators- not dictators. We can decide to know the Truth and it will set you free to pave those stepping stones, one sippy cup at a time, on the holy ground that is motherhood.
God Hears Our Cries
In the late hours of the night, when the house is finally still and the world is hushed in slumber, a mother sits on the edge of her child’s bed, whispering prayers of love and protection. In these tender moments, God’s ears are attuned to her voice. He hears the petitions she utters on behalf of her family, absorbing every heartfelt word and concern.
There is no more beautiful symphony to the Lord than His peoples’ prayers. Worry and fear can overwhelm our momma hearts as we look around at the world, but God’s got us and He has our children. He hears our cries. There is not a word that we utter, either in our hearts or from our lips, that the Lord doesn’t know completely; Cry out to Him, momma. Cry out in praise and with the deepest longings of your heart (you know what they are…and He does, too); He is listening with a perfect love that will overwhelm you toward the abundant motherhood life He has for you.
God Knows Our Hearts
As the sun rises on another day, the mother stands at the threshold of her child’s room, a sense of determination also rises in her eyes as another teen “opportunity to grow” battle looms. She looks at the dirty dishes, clothes all over the floor and her man-child who didn’t wake to his alarm- again.
In that moment, her heart grows heavy and tired of having the same conversations, the same arguments, with no results;
What am I doing wrong?
Why won’t he just clean his room?
Can’t he just respect a simple request?
What kind of man will he become if he can’t even make his bed?
This is the familiar snowball of the lie that somehow it’s our fault. We didn’t do enough. But, that’s why the weight of our responsibilities can sometimes feel overwhelming. We aren’t meant to carry it ourselves. In these moments of internal struggle, God’s knowledge can reach deep into our souls. He knows the fears that tug at our heartstrings, the doubts that cloud our minds, and the dreams we hold for our family’s future.
Dear sisters, let us take comfort in the fact that our heavenly Father is a compassionate God who identifies with every aspect of our lives. He doesn’t merely observe from a distance; He is intimately involved in our journey. When we’re overwhelmed and burdened, we can turn to Him in prayer, confident that He sees us, hears us, and knows us completely.
May this truth bring solace to your heart, dear mom. You are not alone on this journey. Our God, who created the universe and knit us together in our mother’s womb, is right here beside us, guiding us with His loving hand.
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