I got a text last night as I was going to bed. My dear friend, a fellow adoptive mom with kids from “hard places,” said this:
Just read 2 Cor 3: 4-6 in my Bible study. Read it! God thinks we are capable of doing what he has called us to do! So encouraging!!!!
I thought about sharing my thoughts on the passage, but the heart of what I want to say has more to do with the text than with the passage – which is very encouraging, by the way. The beauty of the text is that my friend sent it. We are busy women, aren’t we? We race from one thing to another, trying to get it all done. As another friend says, “So many needs, so little mom.”
But we need to remember one another because there are days when we struggle. Whether we are parenting children with massive trauma histories, parenting four children under the age of five, or are sorting things out with an older child, mothering is tough stuff.
We must encourage one another as mothers. Don’t try to make it on your own, especially in challenging seasons of life. And don’t leave your friends alone either.
Our minds may be weary from seeking answers to problems we never dreamed we would face, our bodies may be weary from the physical demands of loving lots of little ones, our spirits may be weary as we suffer with our children in their struggles. We cannot fulfill this calling of motherhood alone, we need friends to hold us up, come alongside us, and share in our joys and sorrows.
This same friend who encouraged me last night also loves me enough to tell me when I’m skating onto thin ice in my lack of compassion for a child, or when I’m on the verge of mishandling a situation. She never judges me, but she loves me enough to speak truth into my life.
Another friend sent me an email about some issues she is facing with her son and said, “…I need a girlfriend mom expert opinion…”
We may not have the answers, but we may have just the right question that will help a friend sort things out. We are in the mothering trenches together and we need to to encourage, support, exhort, and love one another.
To moms who are really struggling, I want you to know that I have been in that place. It is very tempting to pull away and isolate yourself, out of shame, fatigue, or sinking depression, but you need to open the windows wide, call a friend, invite somebody to your home. Shine light into the darkness and let somebody hold you up.
To the rest of us, this week, or maybe even today, encourage one friend. Make a call, send an email, or be amazingly creative and actually write a note that goes in the mail. Let’s love one another and share the burdens and joys of mothering.
#331 – 340 giving thanks
parent/teacher conferences at 7:15 this morning
girls happy to go to school early
hugs, kisses, kind touch
laughter and theology mixed at our care group last night
apples, apples, apples
family photo scheduled for Sunday afternoon
grandparents stopping by for a quick visit
friends who love and encourage me
sunset, rain,and a double rainbow all at once yesterday
winter wheat poking up bright green in fields
Take a moment to share how you have been encouraged by a friend – we would love to hear from you.
Encourage one another,
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