“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13
Linger Longer in the Lord’s Embrace
Being a mom is hard. It is a long road lined with tireless nights, thankless days, sad moments, and many hopeless thoughts. Often, you just want a nice person to come take your kids away and give you a full day of peace.
Mama, I am writing today to tell you that you are not alone! We all feel this way and it is normal. Raising kids is exhausting, but it is the most important work. However, a good mama cannot pour into her kids from an empty well. Every mother needs to take time for herself to be with God and soak in His presence. He invites us in James 4:8 to do just that, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
The ironic part about being a mom is that we are often our own worst enemies. We desperately need Jesus to help us parent well, but we are so busy and focused on our kids that we push Him aside and occasionally offer Him a few pathetic crumbs of affection. What we need to do is constantly linger near Jesus and cuddle up to Him.
Staying in His embrace reveals truths about our thoughts and helps us be able to detect Satan’s lies…those lies that creep into our minds and say, being a mom is too hard or I can’t do this anymore. We are instructed in Psalm 46:10 to “be still, and know that I am God.” The wording “be still” literally means to cease from striving. It means you are allowed to let go and relax, to turn down the volume of the world (or your kids!), and to listen to the quiet whisper of God.
Our precious children all deserve a mom who answers with a smile, gives hugs freely, and cooks meals gladly. Psalm 27:8 is one of my favorite, simple verses. The ending, “Your face Lord, I will seek,” is a gentle reminder to focus on Him. Do not look at anything but His face and His reassuring promises this summer! We all need to be more attentive this summer, to the Lord and to our children. Let’s strive to gain our joy, encouragement, and purpose from the correct source—Jesus.
Blessings and Love,
- As you think about today’s study, pray and ask God to come nearer to you than ever before. Read over all the verses I mentioned above and meditate on them.
After the kids go to bed one night this week, take some alone time. Let your husband know so he doesn’t think you are ignoring him.
You could sit on your deck or patio with a blanket and look at the stars, thinking, listening, and praying as you do. You could take a bubble bath with the lights turned off and only a candle lit or listen to some light worship music and think, listen, and pray.
I pray this time is special and relaxing. But mostly, I pray the Lord meets you and reveals some new truths to you!