Sunday past was Mother’s Day.
For many mothers…What excitement! What celebration! What fanfare! What fun!…but, not for all.
Don’t be deceived…All that glitters on Mother’s Day is not gold.
If you could peek behind the smiles of some mothers, you’d get a far different picture than what was outwardly displayed.
Behind The Smiles
Here’s what was found behind some of the smiles.
“I feel so stretched. I can’t juggle another plate or I’ll drop them all. I wear so many hats that one more will send me over the edge. I play so many roles I don’t even know who I am anymore. Honestly, I feel like I just want out of this mother-thing.”
“Truthfully, I am overwhelmed by the responsibility that I carry in my household, almost to a breaking point. I am not made to bear the weight that I do, but I have to because my husband refuses to step up and do the things he knows he ought to do as a father”.
“I feel helpless and bound. I saw my mother walk down a crazy path when raising me and my siblings and I vowed not to walk that same kind of path with my kids yet I find myself there. It’s like I’m experiencing a nightmare and can’t wake up.”
“At this point I’m running on empty and just going through the motions of carrying out my motherly duties. My heart is not in it at all. I don’t like being like this, but I just can’t help myself because I am so, so tired. I feel like I’m on the verge of collapse physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I am simply tired, worn-out, and weary.”
“As a single mother I feel trapped in my situation. If I step back and release some things, everything will fall apart, but if I don’t step back and release some things, I will fall apart. I don’t know what to do. I’m in a raging battle and weariness is taking its toll.”
“Excuse my expression but right now I am pissed! I am so angry at the ungrateful attitude of my children and the lack of support from their fathers that I feel like I’m about to explode………only the restraining power of the Holy Spirit is keeping me in check, and I don’t know how long that will last!”
“I am disappointed! I’m disappointed with myself for having so many children. Oh how I despise myself for this! Not only do I despise myself for having the number of children I have, I despise them and their father. I know this is not right but it is where I am at; at least I’m being real”
Although showered with accolades, gifts and kind words, on Mother’s Day, deep down inside some mothers were tired, frustrated, hurting, depressed and even angry.
What About You?
What about you?
What were you saying inside about your situation on Mother’s Day?
What are you saying now?
Are you, like so many women, caught in a maternal dilemma, loving and wanting what’s best for your children but weakened, wearied and frustrated by your situation and circumstances?
If so, the Spirit of the Lord has a word for you.
God’s Word To You
God’s Word to you is, “Be Strong”.
Yes, “Be Strong”.
You say, “How can I be strong Lord when I have little or nothing left in me? How can I be strong when I am barely making it now? How can I be strong when support is constantly a struggle? How can I be strong when resources are low and sometimes barely there?”
He says, “Be strong in Me not in yourself. Be strong in Me and in the power of My might for it is not by your might, nor by your power, but by My Spirit that you shall overcome. My strength is made perfect in your weakness so come to Me afresh and anew; extend your faith I will strengthen and help you.”
Whatever you are dealing with as a mother, the Word from the Lord to you today is, “Be Strong”.
Whether married with children or a single mother, the Spirit of God knows and understands your situation and desires to impart new strength to you.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” – Isaiah 40:29 – NIV
Will you let Him do it?
If yes, as an act of faith, raise your hands and say, “Lord, I receive Your strength right now in Jesus’ Name.”
Now believe you have received an impartation of His strength.
Thank Him for His strength.
Declare into the atmosphere, “Lord You are my strength!”
Mothers, no matter your situation, make a mindful and intentional decision to lean in and depend on the strength of the Lord that is within you and trust Him to help you, knowing that He will.
“But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.” – Psalm 22:19 – NIV
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” – Psalm 28:7 – NIV
“The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” – Habakkuk 3:16 – NIV
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being…” – Ephesians 3:19 – NIV
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