Pregnancy, infertility, still births, rainbow babies, diapers, sleepless nights, potty training, homework, sickness, discipline, homeschool, sports, ballet, music lessons, graduations, high school, peer groups, college admissions, marriage, job interviews, and the list goes on and on.
Motherhood is not an easy job. It is a rewarding profession with many points of adjustments. Sometimes it’s a tough road and many of us wished we had a manual or were afforded a well needed time out. Sometimes we just need someone to reach out and say “Girl I’m tired too!” and “How are we going to make it through ——?” (fill in the blank).
Let’s stand with each other and persistently share words of encouragement. Pray with a fellow mom, laugh, and cry together. No mom should have to do life in the absence of genuine love and support from another adult. Seek out a single mother, a busy mother, and even the mother that seems to have it all put together. Life is universal to everyone. Chances are we are enduring or have endured similar situations. Let’s journey together.
Few things can shake your foundation and change the course of your life like chronic pain, a life threatening diagnosis, a natural disaster, the death of a loved one, or the loss of a close relationship.
In the midst of these situations you may experience feelings of loneliness, sadness, hurt, frustration, confusion, and anger. If you are currently facing one of these situations you may be asking, “Why me?”, “Where do I go from here?” or “What’s next for my life?”
Many of us have asked the same questions. I surmise we will not find all the answers to our questions this side of heaven. While that can be disappointing, may I suggest another perspective?
Perhaps this can be your time to pivot. This can be a new beginning. This may not be the life you envisioned. God however, is not a bit surprised by your circumstances.
Rest confidently knowing that God is with you as you step out on faith and continue your journey on a new road.
For Meditation: “Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever. Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, both now and forever.”
May He perpetually wrap you in His arms.
The gift of a relationship may not come in the package you expected. The needed friendship may not come from the person you anticipated. Many times our expectations of an individual do not come to fruition. The person God positions to bless us may be one that is unexpected and unanticipated. But…take the gift.
While we are busy being enamored by a person’s physique or style of dress, God has already evaluated their hearts, and consequently their fit into or not into our life, purpose, and destiny. So look deeper. Look beyond surface level variables.
For Meditation: But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7
Remember…take the gift!
Change. It is a simple word with enormous aftereffects. Several definitions of change include (a) to make different; (b) to make a shift from one to another; and (c) to undergo a modification (Merriam-Webster, n.d.). Most people are fearful or reluctant to change. There are some who simply are comfortable with their lifestyle. Still there are others who are plagued with ignorance. So for these two groups of individuals, in the absence of an awareness of alternatives, life is fine (or at least so they say).
Many people however, desire change at some point in their lives. Change can be fairly simple or quite difficult. It depends on what is to be changed, how it can be changed, and when it can be changed.
So how does change occur? In simplicity, a person has to want to change. Sometimes this is a difficult concept to grasp especially if we desperately desire to see change in the life of a loved one. At times, the change we believe our loved ones should undergo or the rate at which this change should occur differs. This can result in frustration by all involved.
Remember, change is a procedural objective rather than a onetime occurrence. In essence, real change takes time. So be patient with yourself and your loved ones. Give lots of grace, love, and lend support.