“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe it in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
“When we trust God more than our feelings, it confuses the devil. I mean, when he throws you his best shot and he can’t budge you from believing God, he won’t know what to do with you anymore.” Joyce Meyer
- God is for you, and He has something for you right now. Even if you only have a few minutes, draw near to Him, and He will be near to you.
- Grab your Bible and read Romans 10:8-11 to prepare your heart. There are powerful truths tucked into this short passage that reminds you that God’s word is with you, and, if you believe in Him, you will never be put to shame. Open His Word, and experience His freedom!
Dear Mama, let’s gather around the Passover table for Jesus’ last meal with Peter and the other disciples. Imagine what the air felt like in that room, hours before Jesus would be betrayed, arrested, and crucified. The disciples had given up their entire lives for Jesus because they believed He was the Savior of the world. As His time on earth was coming to an end, it wasn’t looking like it was going to be a hero’s ending. This was not what the disciples thought it would be like. Shouldn’t the Savior of the world be riding in on a blazing chariot with a huge army, rather than coming in on a donkey and washing dirty feet?
I’ve had many of those “this isn’t what I thought it would be” moments as a mom. Just a few weeks into parenthood, my brand new baby was losing weight and screaming every hour. Breastfeeding wasn’t working, and already, I felt like an incapable mother. That was the beginning of a long stream of disappointments and disillusionment for me.
Back at the Passover table, Jesus announces to the disciples that one of them would betray him that night. Shocked and dismayed, Peter and the others each asked, “Is it I, Lord?” Judas, the one who would betray Jesus, was the only disciple to ask a different question. He asked, “Is it I, teacher?”
Judas wanted to be lord over his own life. He wouldn’t call Jesus “Lord”, and instead used the word “teacher”. Shortly after this interaction, Judas ended his own life. Peter on the other hand, still called Jesus “Lord” despite his failings and fear, disappointment, and confusion. Because of that, Jesus spoke great purpose into Peter’s life, no perfection required. We will read more about that in the days ahead.
Mama, in this lifetime, your flesh will fail you. Your feelings will misdirect you. But if you are willing to let Jesus be your Lord in the midst of it all, you will live a life that matters.
Scripture tells us, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 NKJV)” Eternal life with Jesus starts the moment that you receive Him as Lord, and it is a life abounding in purpose! With Jesus as your Lord, joy is available to you in every season of life and every stage of parenting!
Let’s pray: Jesus, thank you for meeting your disciples right where they were and for doing the same for me. I know I am imperfect, and I need a Savior. I confess that You, Jesus, are Lord and I believe in You. When I am tempted to let my feelings be lord in my life, help me to stand firm and cling to You. Help me to call you Lord in all things and at all times. Amen.
Blessings and Love,
- Matthew 26:18-25 (ESV) – “He said, ‘Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’ ’ And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover. When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. And as they were eating, he said, ‘Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.’ And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, ‘Is it I, Lord?’ He answered, ‘He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.’ Judas, who would betray him,
answered, ‘Is it I, Rabbi?’ He said to him, ‘You have said so.’”
- Matthew 16:15-16 (ESV) – “He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’”
- Romans 10:9 (ESV)- “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Questions to Ponder
- We often have “ruts” in our minds where we battle with disappointment or unmet expectations—maybe it’s a certain part of your marriage, habits you want to change, or a struggle with one of your children. What areas of your life do you find yourself wrestling with the most?
- Do you believe that Jesus could bring restoration to that area of your life, no matter how impossible it seems?
- Can you think of a time in your life that your plans didn’t work out, but God’s plan worked out even better?
When you feel your emotions rising this week, put Scripture into action to disciple your children and your own heart. Say, “Jesus, you are Lord over me and my housework!” Or, “Jesus, you are Lord of my life, even when I feel tired and cranky.” It’s amazing how the name of Jesus can lighten the load on your heart in an instant.