In my short time on this earth I have been a mom for an even shorter amount of time. In my experience, I have found it to be one of the hardest tasks God has entrusted to me. I knew since I was a little girl I wanted to be a mom. I had over 10 baby dolls, real diapers, real baby clothes, all of the props to keep by baby dolls happy. Now, in the middle of trying to instill good behavior in my three year old, giving my one year old the love and attention she desires and nurturing my third child in my belly (and protecting it from the rough kicks and hits from his siblings) I have found it feels as if I fail a lot.
What is failure? Well, it feels a lot like the other side of perfectionism. Keeping my house clean, beating the laundry piles, having food on the table in a timely manner, having patience when discipling my kids all seem to escape me more than I can count.
BUT – there is one great truth in being a mother. The difference between a good mom and a great mom is her supreme confidence in her supreme God. The apostle Paul put it this way: For we…who worship God in Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh…(Philippians 3:3).
I have been called lately to stop struggling to meet life’s demands in my own strength and just lean back on the power and promises of God – because with God, nothing is impossible.
Ministry and Motherhood
Though ministry and motherhood are different, they have this in common: They are both divine callings. And when God calls you to do something, He gives you the grace, faith, and anointing (power of the Holy Spirit) to do it. What’s more, He sticks with you every step of the way. And helping you get a greater revelation of that reality is what this confident mom blog series is all about.
One thing is for sure – the devil hates a confident mom. He hates women in general. Think about this, a woman gave birth to our Savior. He want’s us to be a hot mess, he wants us to yell at our kids and our home to be in constant chaos. He wants our schedules to be so busy we have no time to spend in relationship with God. In the mess – he wins. The Bible gives us example after example of mothers who trusted God, lived boldly, and overcame the devils strategies.
Today, just as during biblical times, there’s no such thing as a stereotypical Christian mom. Victorious, confident, mothers come in all varieties and personalities. You don’t have to fit any particular mold to raise kids that wind up literally changing the world. The good news for us all is: All you have to do is keep growing in your relationship with God and developing supreme confidence in Him.
No Instructions Included
I believe God really wants us to experience abundant joy like described in Psalm 113:9, but if I am completely honest, many times we don’t experience that joy. Although we love our kids and agree in theory that being a mother is one of life’s greatest pleasures, the joy of motherhood gets buried under a heavy load of work, worry, and frustration.
It’s not just the day-to-day demands of motherhood that steal our joy (although they can sometimes seem endless and exhausting), but the sense of responsibility we feel for our families. We’re aware of how much our children depend on us, and we’re often afraid that we’re somehow going to fail them.
God has a better plan. He wants to navigate the deep, mysterious, and sometimes stormy waters of motherhood the same way the disciples navigated the tempestuous waters of the Sea of Galilee. He wants us to stop being afraid and put our faith in Him and His Word, to believe that because we have the God of the universe in our boat, no matter how hard the wind blows or how high the waves rise, we can make it in victory to the other side.
Join me for this new Savy Mama series, but more importantly join God and unlock your power as a mom! I will be sharing the teachings from Joyce Meyer and ways to help you unlock the redeeming power you need to thrive.