Hope for Weary Moms

These past few months, I've really missed this place here at Devotional Motherhood. But I see now, how God has faithfully been working behind the scenes, really right in the middle of it all. But, I had no idea what He was doing. I kept making plans and talking it up, putting myself and my ideas out there thinking they'd go in one direction...but God clearly had a different kind of something planned.

And when I began to wonder why my plans weren't working out, God showed me once again, that I just needed to trust Him and keep on walking. It wasn't the answer I was looking for, but as I continued to pray and listen for God's Voice, I realized that God was doing a different work, preparing my heart for the road ahead. He still is.

I needed hope and found Jesus.

Last week marked the end of a ten week book study I hosted over at Hope for the Weary Mom. As it ended, I found myself feeling so overwhelmed with how Jesus truly met ME and so many other weary moms in their messes. Going in to this study, I didn't know exactly what I would share each week as I reflected upon each chapter of the book. I only knew I didn't want to get in God's way. He led me to be more transparent than I ever expected I would be and likewise, I was so encouraged by other moms walking this same path who wore their hearts on their sleeves and bared all. It was refreshing, encouraging, heartbreaking and amazing all at the same time.

And I am so very thankful to authors, Brooke McGlothlin and Stacey Thacker....two beautiful moms, inside and out, who blessed me with the opportunity and privilege to host this study and partner with them in this ministry. It has been such a gift to me...one that I am so thankful for.

I did find Hope during our ten weeks together and I fell deeply in love with Jesus in a way I hadn't before. This book and these past ten weeks have changed my life forever. If you're weary, trudging through motherhood and needing a little hope, I pray you'll consider reading Hope for the Weary Mom and using the posts within the study to go even deeper into the heart of Jesus and all that He has for you. You can access all of the posts for each chapter of the book right here.

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10 Posts for Weary Moms

Are you a mom who is weary and in need of some encouragement? Are you at a place in your life where you need to KNOW and FEEL something different than what you're currently experiencing? Here are ten posts I wrote for the Hope for the New Year book Club I hosted over at Hope for the Weary Mom. Each post reflects my own personal story of weariness and defeat...and the kind of Hope I found that transformed my heart and mind in ways I never dreamed possible. Jesus truly met me right in the middle of my mess! I hope you'll click on each of the images below and be blessed.  

"On my hardest days and in the middle of my most difficult circumstances, if I can remember to just stop, breathe and whisper His name, He is there. That’s it. Just an invitation to calm the storm raging in our hearts…a weary mom in need of the comfort from her Heavenly Father."

"And then He reminds me…after I’ve come to the end of myself, that I don’t need to see that far ahead or even with that much clarity. All I need to see is Jesus. And thankfully, we don’t need to look far. He’s not playing a game of hide and seek with us. He’s just simply right here."  

"The only kind of measuring stick we need to be concerned with is the Holy Spirit kind. It’s the filling to overflowing til our hearts are parenting out of the overflow kind of measure. Anything less than being filled to the measure with God’s Holy Spirit and we are still relying on ourselves and still more likely to compare ourselves with someone else."

"There are no words to accurately describe the whirlwind range of emotions we went through in those first few days with our newest son. All we knew is that from the moment we laid our eyes on him, we were in love. Everything else, at the time, was a blur. No one could tell us exactly what his health condition was, but we knew that something about him was “different”, dare I say, not what we expected.  And never in my life had I considered the words from Psalm 139:13-16 more than I did then."

"But God tells us over and over again…that ultimately, the one and only thing that will ever satisfy that desperate need to run and hide…is our One and Only. I realize now, that it’s only when I haven’t spent time with God, that my get-up-and-fight is gone and I become a desperate flight risk. And in those desperate moments, because I’ve let myself get that far off track by not spending time with God…I become completely focused on my circumstances instead of on Jesus."

"Imagine with me for a moment…an exhausted mom is sitting at her kitchen table. Head in hands, coffee sitting next to her, now cold. She’s warmed it several times already today. Her eyes are stinging from the tears she’s cried and her heart hurts because of the words she’s spoken out loud and the ones she still hasn’t prayed to God. After several minutes she looks up and sees the faces of her children. Again, her heart is broken over the damage she feels she’s done."

"My feelings. They’re a big problem for me. I rely on them way too often. God tells us they can’t be trusted, an still….I do. I’m addicted to my feelings, especially the ones that cause me to fear I’m doing it all wrong, that true Peace will evade me forever. I tell myself I should be better at motherhood by now. I get angry with myself for finding my way to this place again…the same old cycle of knowing God is for me but not really believing it."

"Moms, we’ve all been in this place in one form or another. Totally exhausted, worn out, wanting to give up, run away and hide. As moms, we face unknowns every single day. And still, our very real Jesus can lead us to a hiding place where  we find rest and comfort, even in the midst of whatever circumstance we’re wading through. We can get through the daily craziness of motherhood, the trials that threaten to consume us and even stand strong when our children’s spirits are completely hidden from us and their willful ways are staring us in the face in what feels like a losing battle. But it’s not our job to save them.
Only Jesus can do that. We must trust Him to work in their hearts and lives too."

"I want to be an “it is well with my soul” kind of believer all the time. Don’t you? If God allows difficult circumstances into my life, I want to be used by Him to help another, for it to be redeemed somehow and make me more like Jesus. The tragedy would be if it all got wasted . Our circumstances do matter to God, but our hearts are what He’s after. We can know that no matter how hard this life is or how much it hurts, Hope is real because of what Jesus did on the cross for you and me."

"I don’t believe loneliness is a waste. God is our Redeemer and if He allows us to go through seasons that feel lonely, it’s because He’s teaching us how to cling to Him, the person who is Jesus who wants to meet us in our mess. He IS the One who “gets us” most, the One who knows us best and understands us like no other. When we can cling to Jesus as our best friend, our Hope…THEN the friendships HE brings into our lives will be rooted in Him and based on Truth. They will be the sisters who point us back to Jesus every single time, love us even when it’s hard and do life with us through each season of life. And those sorts of friendships are rare and precious gifts."
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A Blog Series - 7 Days of Hope for the Weary {Boy} Mom

{from the original edition, earlier this year}

If you're reading this, I hope and pray you'll grab something warm to drink and stay a while. This is the blog series I hosted here earlier this year: 7 Days of Hope and is based on the ebook, Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess, by authors Brooke McGlothlin and Stacey Thacker. I can't wait for all of you brave boy moms to join with me in setting our eyes on the One who created us, who sees where we are, knows the longings of our hearts and our deepest desires to be the moms He created us to be for the sons He so lovingly blessed us with.

So, if you're feeling weary, and looking for some light in the darkness...a ray of HOPE to fill your heart...this is the place.


7 Days of Hope for the Weary BOY Mom...on it's way...
7 Days of Hope....preparing our hearts
7 Days of Hope: Welcome!
Day 1: When the Gentle Words Won't Come
Day 2: When you Don't Measure Up
Day 3: Beer and Cigarettes?
Day 4: Why you Can't Live at the Spa
Guest Post: Response to Day 1
It's all about YOU!
Day 5: When you Just Want to Give Up 
Day 6: Sometimes it Takes an Altar
Day 7: "When Life Hurts Too Much" 

2 comments:

  1. This looks like a great book. Although I don't have boys, I can relate to many of these as a former elementary teacher! :)

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  2. Great idea for blogging and really helpful for moms in many different situations. I have to start with Day 4, though! Carolyn

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