We are more than conquerers through him who loved us. -Romans 8:37
Head: Self-care and self-improvement...we are all trying to improve ourselves in. some form or fashion. We may be working out to become more fit , eating clean to be healthier, reading to become wiser., or paying attention to others to be more loving. We want success in everything we do from business to personal relationships and we try so hard to be "good enough."
In the end, we sometimes find we are wearing ourselves thin, we are exhausted and we are still chasing that ever elusive "balance". There aren't many self help or motivational books these days that tell us the truth...we will never attain it on our own. The verse above reminds us that we are more than conquerers through Him. The One who saves and gained victory over sin and death, He is our strength were we are weak. It is Christ who allows us to do all the things we are capable of doing.
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. - 2 Corinthians 12:9
Heart: The good news is, we can stop trying so hard to be "good enough". The reality is, we never will be "good enough." The world's expectations are every changing. Walking the Christian walk is not a self help or self improvement course. It's not the bestselling motivation book either, it's simply realizing that Jesus has done all the work for you. As moms, we have got to put down the idea that we need to look better and do better than anyone else. We need to always remember that our Jesus takes every dirty piece of our lives and puts it on Himself. He has already suffered what we deserved to suffer and gives us righteousness in return. The only thing that matters to us as Christian mothers is that when God looks at us, He sees perfection. He sees Himself. Your fears and failures were nailed to the cross. How could we ever deny Christ the opportunity to be our salvation when He has already done it.
Boast all the more gladly about (our) weakness, so that Christ's power may rest on (us)" - 2 Corinthians 12:9
Hands: Through Christ we can open our hands to receive the rest and freedom that he invites us to live. Once you receive His gift of righteousness you are free of guilt and shame that arises when we feel we are falling short. You don't have to keep beating yourself up over not being the idea of a perfect mom. We are hard enough on ourselves as moms, we don't need the world defining for us what we should striving to achieve. Jesus already paid it all, once and for all. Just turn away from all those that are asking you to become something you were never meant to be and turn to Jesus. We weren't all supposed to be " Perfect Pinterest Moms".
It is one thing to take care of our physical, mental and spiritual self. It is quite another to feel overwhelmed when we are faced with trials and temptations of achieving worldly perfection. When we feel overwhelmed we must remember that it is through Him that we can conquer what we are facing. Stop, take a breath, and say a little prayer for help. When we come to a place that feels difficult to move forward, remember you can continue this life's journey through Him. It is through Him that we are transformed into women of God.
Prayer: Lord, I try so very hard to avoiding be weak and giving up. I sometimes find that I want more than anything to appear like I've got it all together. I know that I need You when I'm at my weakest and I do not ever want to miss that You are sufficient in those places. What a beautiful gift that is and I thank You for it. Falling short in the worlds eyes looks nothing like what You see through Yours. Where others see my weakness, I want them to begin to see strength because that is where we find You waiting every single time. Help me to seek You over and over again. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Here! Hold My Crown! Is a forthcoming devotional for mothers. Written by Aimee Larsen, a mother of 5 children. She walked through having a premie, infertility, miracles, foster care, and adoption.