Ever have one of those days, weeks or even months when you feel as if you are barely hanging on?
Maybe you adopted a child and the honeymoon period is over, his past is being triggered over and over. It’s drowning you.
Maybe you have had an illness and you can’t do what you used to be able to do.
Maybe you are homeschooling and one week in, your’e tired and you wonder if you can keep this going?
Maybe you stepped out of your comfort zone to follow your God-sized dream and you’re doing it, but if has you wiped out and wondering if you made the right choice.
Maybe today, you just want to pull the covers over your head and stay in bed.
If any of the above applies to you, this is for you…..
There was a day when you woke up full of energy and ready to tackle the world. You may wonder where that zeal and energy went. You may be wondering if you missed it, if you shouldn’t have adopted, started homeschooling or followed your God-sized dream. Do you blame yourself for your illness?
I just want to point out a few things today and maybe throw some encouragement your way. Woman, we have a guilt complex. We blame ourselves for everything. We want to solve everything (guilty). Most women want everyone to get a balloon and a ribbon. That’s just not realistic. If you are having doubts, a difficult season or doubting everything your doing right now, remember these three simple truths:
Three simple truths:
1. Life is not perfect. Don’t doubt your calling or your purpose because your circumstances are difficult. Most often, that means you are on the right track. Anything worth doing is going to be hard work.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. – James 1:12
2. When life is hard, that doesn’t mean you failed. I often fall into this line of thinking, when things are difficult, I think I failed or God is mad at me. It’s just not true. The truth is God is with us. He will not leave or forsake us. AT ALL. He understands our weaknesses. He came to earth to be human so he could identify with us. Difficulty is not failure. Difficulty is an opportunity to grow.
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4: 14-16
3. When you fall, get back up again. As I said before, women carry the guilt complex. Often when we fall, yell at the kids, our hubbys or kick the cat, we wear it like a mantle of shame. We keep rehearsing it over and over again in our minds, like a YouTube video on replay. We think of how we should have done things differently. We wear the weight of our sin instead of repenting and beginning anew. Sister, just ask God to forgive you and move on as if it never happened. Yep. That’s what God does.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.- I John 1:9
And here’s an extra one to hang your hat on, if you are chosen, anointed, picked out to do the thing you are doing, then nothing can stop the call of God on your life. Just keep going, there will be days that seem as if you can’t go on, but you can. You can do what God has called you to do whether that is homeschooling, adopting/fostering, ministering to women or __________________. Breathe. This isn’t up to you. It’s all on God. He’s got this. Even when you don’t see it, He’s working. Even when you don’t feel it, He’s working. He never stops working. You don’t have to have it all together. God already does.