“I can do all things through HIM who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:13 NIV
The other day while working with my daughter on her math, the tears began to flow.
Through her tears she said phrases like this: 'I can’t’, ‘I don’t know how’, and ‘It’s too hard.’
I often have those same feelings as a mom as I go about my day. I will come upon a situation and feel completely inadequate having nothing left to offer. I have often found myself crying those same phrases out to God in the middle of a sleepless night, another temper tantrum, a job transfer, a sick child, or even the requirement to come up with yet another dinner idea. Why do they have to eat every single night? HA!
The truth is that the Lord has called and equipped us to do hard things. Whether it’s a daily hiccup or one of the darkest seasons we have ever faced, the Lord tells us that we can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens us. That can seem like an impossible task when we feel tired, confused, or less than capable. These are clear signs that we have been living in our own strength. However, the good news is that we aren’t designed to do it all on our own. Proverbs 31 tells us that God ‘clothes us in strength’. How awesome is that? We get HIS strength. Need some peace? The Lord will breathe peace into your circumstance because He IS peace. The one who IS patience lathers us with patience. The one who IS love pours His love on us and gives us love for others. The one who IS joy gives us a new joy every morning. What is it you need from the Lord in order to give you enough strength to do the hard thing today? No matter what it is, He is the source of it all. He doesn’t just have what you need; He embodies it. He alone is all we need, and in Him we live in abundance enabled to overflow onto others. Through His strength we will find that He has created us to be enough to do the hard thing each and every day.
What is the Lord saying to you today? What are the hard things in your life? What can you ask the Lord for more of to be able to do the hard things? How can His strength be made perfect in your weaknesses?
Your fellow Able Mom,
Lord, thank you for these strong moms. Help us to draw close to you each morning and allow you to clothe us with strength, patience, love, perseverance, and joy. Remind us that you have called and equipped us to do hard things.