When there is no physical prize that we can see for the work that we’re putting in, the will to do the work becomes a bit tiring, right? Nobody wants to feel as if the work they’re putting in is all in vein. But what if you were being called to do something and it required your commitment without compensation or immediate reciprocity? Would you feel more or less inclined to do it? Well, did you know that being a mother is a calling? Do you know how valuable you are? Do you know that those nurturing qualities you possess and the unconditional love you give is needed? Not only did God see fit to bless you with your own life, but He’s also entrusted you with the gift of rearing a child, because He knows that you’re fully capable of doing so. Regardless of what your situation may be, you must believe that God only gives His toughest battles to His strongest soldiers. Therefore, you can defeat whatever it is that you may be facing. You’re strong enough to withstand those trials and courageous enough to not give up when the going gets tough. Know that you’re not alone as you fight this battle and the Lord is with you each step of the way. Today you may be dealing with one of the many struggles that come along with motherhood. There’s a daily struggle within itself of simply having enough faith in what you’re doing as a parent. I know the feeling all too well, and I can attest to the fact that most of us mothers are dealt some very inevitable consequences. But, the same way that we must be there for our children in their times of stress, anxiety or depressive thoughts, we know that the Lord our God is there for us as well.
Isaiah 41:10 tells us to not be fearful. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
A few struggles associated with being a mom fall along the lines of homelessness, loneliness, isolation, depression, co-parenting, not wanting to ask anyone for help and completing your education while also having to work full time. When given the task of choosing only one topic to emphasize I couldn’t, solely because I’ve battled each of these circumstances. Often, I had to deal with more than one at a time. Many times, I felt alone in my fight to survive as a mother but there is no denying that by the grace of God I was given the strength and resources I needed. When I slept in my car, because pride wouldn’t allow me to ask for help I believed that God would supply, and He did. When my daughter and I had no food, God made a way out of no way for us.
When I felt alone, and depression reared its ugly head into my life, God comforted me and reassured me that I wasn’t alone. And when I felt like being a parent, finishing school and working two jobs was entirely too much, God swooped in and gave me an unbelievable amount of strength and courage that I didn’t know I possessed. I am a firm believer that if He could do it for me, then He’ll most definitely do it for you as well. Believe. Have faith. Fix your crown, you are a Queen.
Candis is an author, scholar and servant of The Lord, you can purchase her book “From Broken to Beautiful” on Amazon!