I tend to be someone who likes order, lists, and control. There are a lot of things in my life that I try to control. While my husband would likely argue otherwise, these efforts are an attempt to bring peace to my life. I can only imagine the control complex I would develop with five kids. (Although I'd happily welcome five littles!)
Enter Stephanie, mother of five and a remarkably calm and collected woman. I don't exactly remember when I first met her, but I've known her for a few years now. It's likely I met her husband or children first. You see, her entire family is comprised of servants. Whether they are setting up at church, teaching a children's class, bringing a meal to a family, or simply giving a welcomed hug, this family is one that cheerfully gives. Gosh, I can go on and on about this family! What I love most about Stephanie is her desire to encourage young mothers. Today, A Mother's Heart series continues as Stephanie shares the secret to the source of her strength.
Isaiah 30:15-16 (MSG) "Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me."
It seems to me that nothing has pulled my heart closer to the Lord than giving birth and becoming a mom. When each child was born, I can remember sitting there holding them in the quiet of the early morning and having God fill me with such overwhelming love that it was difficult to put into words. I know now that this was a taste of His love for me as well as each of His children. Thus began my journey of completely depending on Jesus for everything. Literally, everything.
Some call that "fanatic". Some call that "unrealistic". But I have learned that if we are willing to let go of control, He will turn anything around in our favor. Perhaps it's a child who maybe seems beyond my control, symptoms for which I can't seem to find a remedy, laying down the plan I had for my life and accepting His, paying bills when the bank said there were insufficient funds, or not nagging my husband when I see changes that he should make-ouch!
I have learned that, yes, God cares about these things, but they are nothing if He doesn't have my heart. When I quiet myself in His presence and let Him love me, suddenly there is strength I never knew. Suddenly the answer doesn't seem so far off and unimagineable. Suddenly there is strength for the task, and I realize what He is after; He wants me to totally trust Him for absolutely everything, whether small or large!
Whatever you are facing today, I would encourage you to abandon yourself to Jesus. Give Him the opportunity to really get involved in what you are going through. He will never fail you.