Mama, You Can Do Hard Things

Mama, You Can Do Hard Things

Mama, You Can Do Hard Things

 “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you…” Isaiah 66:13

Dear Mama,

Times are uncertain and daunting. Things have changed so much in recent months. With a pandemic sweeping the globe, our roles within the world have shifted. While they ask us to do less outside our closed doors, behind them, we are doing more than ever.

You are not alone. Mothers have helped their families overcome difficult circumstances since the beginning of time. Much is entrusted to you. Mama, you can do hard things.

Perhaps your children are home from school, and you find yourself the sole teacher. Maybe all your extracurricular activities have been canceled, and you find yourself on call 24/7 for entertainment. Due to the shelter-in-place order, perhaps you find yourself responsible for keeping young minds busy and active with limited resources. The task is made more difficult when your kids can’t see their friends and can’t go to their favorite places. They turn to you when your cup is already overflowing. The spring has felt long, and the summer looms ahead.

Breathe deep. The time you invest in your children is never a waste, and our Father in heaven sees all. The late nights. The early mornings. The supplemented lessons, family movie nights, and home-cooked meals (even when it’s fish sticks again…guilty!). Let us remember that our heavenly Father is a father, a parent, the ultimate caregiver. He acknowledges and values your role and the work you are putting in for the sake of your children. He sees your sacrifices and He honors the significant role of motherhood. 

The Bible honors mothers in the Bible who made great sacrifices for their families. Naomi was the mother-in-law of Ruth. After her ties to Ruth were broken through the death of her son, Naomi continued to share her faith with the grown woman she saw as her child. Her counsel and encouragement changed Ruth’s life and led to a great blessing.

A Levite woman named Jochebed was determined to protect her son at all costs from the Egyptians who sought to kill all Hebrew baby boys. When she could hide him no longer, she sent him down the river in a basket among the reeds. When the Pharaoh’s daughter found him, Jochebed was asked to be his nursemaid until he was old enough to join Pharaoh’s household. Her great sacrifice allowed her son Moses to survive, to enter the Pharaoh’s house, and eventually to lead God’s people toward the Promised Land.

Let us not forget Mary: the young woman who sacrificed her reputation, her body, and her plans to become a mother at an unexpected time in an unexpected way. Not only that, she spent her life protecting and preparing her son, and ultimately watched him die on a cross. She gave all of herself for her child. In doing so she brought glory to God, and through her great sacrifice, the Son of God saved humanity. 

Mothers have been doing hard things since the beginning of time. God saw them through then, and He will see you through now.

Dear Mama, we thank you for the ways you have stepped up to cover the gaps during these uncertain times. Our heavenly Father knows your fears and your weariness. He sees the way you comfort your children in the midst of your own worries. When the weight of your responsibilities becomes too much, lean into Him. He is the ultimate comforter and will continue to give you the strength you need to pour into your children.

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you…” Isaiah 66:13

Happy Mother’s Day to all who play the role of a mother. You can do hard things. We thank you for doing the hard things, every single day.

Mamas, how has this historical time changed your home life, and how have you seen God working through it? We want to hear from you and come beside you in prayer. Write to us HERE to share your stories.

 

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