Dear Readers: I thought I’d take this week and offer some excerpts from my new book called “Every Day Is Mother’s Day” in honor of the mothers everywhere who are doing an awesome job. This one is about the way moms take care of a lot of weighty matters. Bless all the moms, especially Rebecca and Stef and Jen…!
Moms are natural born weight-lifters. They lift the weight off the backs of their children, do their best to strap on another load, and carry the burdens of raising a family. They can lug huge bags of groceries into the house, sling heavy book bags over their shoulders and still carry a toddler. They are that strong!
Whether you’re a single mom or have someone to help you with the load of parenting, you are incredible. You have taken on a task that is formidable because you have to lift weights every single day. When you feel like you’re getting weak in the knees though, or wondering how long you can work to hold everybody else up, including yourself, then it’s a good idea to seek more strength from your heavenly Father. He does not expect you to be Atlas and take on the whole world. He will gladly help you carry the burdens. In fact, he prefers that you rely on him for relief and strength because he doesn’t want you to take on the world all by yourself.
Today, before you lift one thing, ask God to be with you, to help carry any potential burden that comes your way. If you do, your heart will feel much lighter!
‘ Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Isaiah 41:10, (NKJV)
Lord, I do feel a bit like a weight lifter and a lot of the things I have to deal with are pretty heavy. You know the burdens that I carry and so I ask you to be with me each day and strengthen me. Remind me that I don’t have to take everything on by myself because you are with me. Help me to become stronger in you. Amen