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Read “You’re Needing Encouragement, Aren’t You, Part 1.” This week’s posts are all about encouragement, exhortation and help for you as a stay-at-home mom. (Next week brings Days of Great Giveaways!)
I’m really sensing that a lot of young moms out there are climbing uphill, getting tired, and reaching out for something to feed themselves to get a little burst of energy (or a road map to the top) and they’re being handed “nourishment” (and direction) that they think is going to help them keep on climbing and reach the top, but really it’s garbage! It’s only going to rob their energy, give them more baggage to carry, trip them up, slow them down, take them off course completely and discourage them. What they would never put into their bodies physically, they’re undiscerning about spiritually and mentally.
Don’t get sidetracked by the latest “methods.” It’s not helping you! There’s way too much out there that way too many young moms are listening to, that is adding weight upon weight to what is already enough to carry as you climb! False teachers, people trying to sell books, and online “authorities” are telling you that you have to do it differently than the last centuries of moms have been doing it. Or they tell you, but falsely, how the last centuries of moms did it! Or you’re being fed by other moms who have bought into a lot of foolishness, and are trying to feed it to you. They are weighed down under the load of it, but they’re trying to tell you to load up, too! Don’t jump on the latest bandwagon.
Read God’s Word. Listen to your husband. Listen to Godly older women. Be wise. And don’t get sucked into all that the latest people are trying to tell you. Just because she’s nice or cute or classy or you really like her doesn’t mean you should follow her. Be wise and discerning. Test the spirits and look at the fruit.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
Don’t get all stressed out worrying that you’re going to ruin your children because you haven’t practiced “this” since birth or you didn’t do “that” during pregnancy, and unless you do this, or do it in such and such a method, you’re a failure as a mom, and your child’s never going to survive the mess you’ve made of things! Doesn’t that really sound preposterous?
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” James 1:5-6
You aren’t alone. First of all, God is with you. Pray to Him and believe that He will answer. It’s not just a saying that with God and you, you have a majority! And remember that you have a whole “host of witnesses” cheering you on in the race (Hebrews 12). They’re very real! Also, take time to ask your mom for prayer and advice. If she isn’t a believer in Jesus Christ, then find a Godly older woman who will pray for you, advise and listen. (Still honor your mom, she’s way wiser than you give her credit for.)
Read God’s Word. Yes, you have time. (You know all those other young moms’ blogs you’re reading? You know all that time you spend finding out what the “experts” say about everything? You know all the time you spend getting the best deals and couponing? Working out? On Facebook? Texting? While some of it is good, God’s Word is better. Some of those minutes could be spent reading God’s Word a little more.)
Here are some ideas to get the Word into your life more. Write out a verse of truth and encouragement and tape it to the visor of your car, where you’ll see it every time you go out. Print out some verses from your computer and put them into a plastic page protector and tack them on the bathroom wall where you can read them (quickly) while your kids call you from outside the door, or while you’re potty training your little one. Be creative. You need inner strength–encouragement–the knowledge that what you’re doing is important, and perseverance. God’s Word and prayer is like Popeye’s spinach to your spirit and soul. You need it! You cannot do this job without God. But, you can do it with Him. God can take what is in your hand when you have no strength left–the 2 little loaves and 5 fishes–and feed not only your family, but a multitude. Please always remember how precious you are to the Heavenly Father. He loves you and your family so much. Take all your struggles, fears, hopes and dreams to Him. He cares. And watch what you’re feeding yourself.
Thanks for reading Faith’s Firm Foundation!