I thought of you, this morning. Yes, you.
It’s Sunday morning and I have breakfast dishes on the table and little girls playing in the other room. And I only have about 15 minutes before I need to load my peeps up and head to church. But I had to take just a moment and write these words before they were gone. 🙂 So, if this seems a little rushed or jumbled, please forgive me.
I was reading in the book of Joshua this morning – specifically Joshua 1:1-9. The Lord hands Joshua a huge task. He is going to be the one to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. No pressure or anything.
See, Joshua had been by Moses’ side the whole time. So, he knew the relationship between God and Moses. He knew that God spoke to Moses face to face – like a man speaks to his friend. He had seen Moses disappear into the mountain top for those private moments with God and he had seen him come back down with a little bit of God-glory still lingering on his face (Exodus 34:29.)
I can’t help but wonder if Joshua felt a little intimidated by the task at hand. And that made me think of you. I wonder if you feel a little intimidated by the task at hand.
Mom of multiple little ones.
Mom of tweens or teens.
Mom of a child or children with special needs.
Mom of a prodigal.
Mom with more month than money.
I’m thinking of you this morning. And, if you feel a little ill-equipped for the season you are in, I have four encouragements for you from this very passage in Joshua.
- Be strong and courageous (verse 6,7,9.) If I am Joshua, then I’m gonna be hanging on every word that the Lord speaks. And, in just nine short verses, the Lord tells Joshua three times to be strong and courageous. Raising children to be all that God has created them to be is not an easy task. Be brave, sweet mama. Be strong. Be courageous for your children.
- Be completely obedient (verse 7.) The Lord instructs Joshua to follow the law of Moses completely – to not turn to the right or to the left. Scripture gives clear instructions but it will not do us any good if we think we know a better way.
- Be in the Word (verse 9.) We have no strength on our own. We can not equip ourselves to do the monumental task of motherhood. We have to be in reading God’s Word. It is our lifeline, ladies. My goal, each day, is to rise early and spend time with God first. Not because it is wrong to do it at night. Not because I’m legalistic about it. What I have found, is that if I meet with God privately in the morning, then I have a little of that God-glory lingering on me throughout the day.
- Be reminded of His presence (verse 5, 9.) God is with you wherever you go. He is with you at that doctor’s appointment. And at that parent-teacher conference. At that job interview. He hears you. He sees you. He’s got you.
Satan will tell you that you just aren’t cut out for motherhood. He will say that you don’t have what it takes or that you’re doing it all wrong. But, you know what? Satan is a liar (John 8:44.) Scripture says there is no truth in him. None. Zero. Zilch.
You can do this thing.
I believe in you.