So that last post was kind of blah, right? I think (hope) all wives and mothers feel like they don’t measure up sometimes, otherwise, I’m sitting at a table for one.
But, it’s funny that for all the times we feel like failures, for all the moments we feel we can’t cut it, God uses the very one we feel that we’re failing to give us the encouragement that we’re not doing as badly as we we felt.
Did you notice how many times I put a variation on the word “feel?”
I did it on purpose.
Our feelings sometimes get in the way of simple truth.
God is good, all the time. Even if I don’t feel His goodness.
“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him” Nahum 1:7
God is love and His love never quits. Even if I feel like He’s quit on me.
“God remembered us when we were down, His love never quits. Rescued us from the trampling boot, His love never quits. Takes care of everyone in time of need. His love never quits. Thank God, who did it all! His love never quits!” Psalm 136:23-26 (MSG)
Jesus saves, even if I don’t feel saved from my suffering.
“After you have suffered for a little while, the God of grace who has called you [to His everlasting presence] through Jesus the Anointed will restore you, support you, strengthen you, and ground you.” I Peter 5:10 (The Voice)
I may feel abandoned, but lo, He is with me always.
“Be strong and brave, and don’t tremble in fear of them, because the Eternal your God is going with you. He’ll never fail you or abandon you!” Deuteronomy 31:6 (The Voice)
I may feel defeated, but He has overcome the world.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
I may feel tired, but He made my wings like eagles.
“they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
And, I may feel like I’m not measuring up as a mom, but Corbin’s simple 1st grade Post-it notes speak to the noise of my feelings and tell them to “hush up.”
As a parent, we cannot put our own feelings of inadequacy onto our kids.
As a human, we cannot compare ourselves to others as we were uniquely made.
As women, we should not judge each other by our perfect Pinterest homes and our well behaved children.
It’s all smoke and mirrors.
But, I’ve got to say, that my mirror is singing awesome songs these days.
Well, it’s at least singing some Baha Men “Who Let the Dogs Out?”