This past Friday, I was encouraged and humbled listening to a couple share their testimony about how God has called them to be missionaries in the Kensington area in Philly. Young married couple, not yet with children of their own... but due to circumstances found themselves in the roles of parenthood for 5 kids! I think the age range was between 5 and 13. I especially resonated with the young mom's sentiments when she described how some days it is hard not to complain when facing laundry and dishes that never seem to end! Click here for a link to their blog.
Being a mother certainly has its challenging days. I'm learning a lot about dying to self... however, I admit I feel defeated many times and wish I was able to do "better". The strength, patience, and compassion that I wish to portray during those tough moments in the middle of the night when my body and mind is screaming "I want to sleep!" cannot come from myself because my flesh is so weak. Rather, I need to gather wisdom and encouragement from the Word of God daily and find grace at the foot of the cross.
Here are some of my favorite words of wisdom and encouragement:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me." (2 Corinthians 12:9)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
But those who hope in the LORD will renew theirstrength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)