Reminded of God's Faithfulness

Written by Brandy Wallis

Happy Mother’s Day!

I know that, technically, I am a day late with that wish. However, I believe our mothers are worth celebrating more than just one day a year! In fact, tell your family that dinner is on them tonight…just kidding, unless it works. 

I don’t know about you, but personally, next to receiving my salvation, nothing has given me as much joy and fulfillment as motherhood. Was I as prepared as I thought I was for the journey? No. Are there days when I am absolutely convinced that I am doing most things wrong? Yes. Are there some days that are stressful and disappointing? Yep. Am I extremely frustrated with myself when I have those days where I feel like I do more complaining and griping than being patient and kind? Always. Do those moments of feeling those arms wrap around me, while telling me how much they love me, make me remember the chaos is with it? Absolutely. Would I trade one single moment of this crazy journey? Not a chance!

All of us are in different seasons of motherhood, navigating waters we have never been in before. Can I encourage you this morning? Whatever season you are in, give yourself some grace and lots of it! As moms, we are continually berated with reminders that we are never doing enough for our children. Commercials, books, blogs, and even some of our friends make life seem so easy, organized, and never ending with free time. Between work, spouses, children, cleaning, errands, sports, practices, games, and mounds and mounds of laundry, you may find yourself overwhelmed and just done with it all. Do not give up, remember the things that are truly important, focus on them, and live in those moments where grace and mercy abound. 

Proverbs 31:28-30 reminds us, “Her children stand and bless her.  Her husband praises her: ‘There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!’ Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.” 

If you are in a season where you have little ones teetering around your house right now, can I just say something? Enjoy every single moment! Before too long, those babies will no longer be babies and you can never get this precious and fleeting time back again. Play with your babies, spend quality time with your babies, plan adventures with your babies, and be in the pictures with your babies. Trust me, the house work can wait. The laundry will always be there. The dust returns no matter how many times you wipe it away! Make your life easier and order the pizza. I promise, everyone in your house will survive and, in fact, they’ll be happier because you’ll be happier.  

Many of us are in the stage where our children are aging into becoming young adults or are adults starting their own families. What a different season this must be! As mothers, we take on the role of watching and supporting from a distance instead of being needed for every single thing that may happen in our children’s lives. Oftentimes, we refer to Proverbs 22:6 when our children are younger as a promise over their lives and it is! But personally, I believe this scripture applies directly to this season. You see you’ve raised your family with the word and the truth of the gospel of Jesus. This truth resonates in their hearts and spirits. It can never be taken away! Your children have learned from you and now it is their turn to teach their families those same truths. Now is the time for you to stand back, trust your children, and support them any way you can!   

There are some of you who are reading this blog that have been waiting for reconciliation and for your prodigals to come home. Don’t stop believing for the fulfillment of God’s promises over your family. Let me remind you of how important it is to remember the things that you have taught your children and the spiritual legacy that you have poured into them. In a letter to Timothy, Paul penned these words, “I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice.  And I know that same faith continues strong in you” (1 Timothy 1:5). The same type of faith that we live out in our lives, in front of our families, is a gift that is passed down from generation to generation. If you’ve been around me very much at all, you’ve heard me say, “the prayers of our grandmothers and mothers, is the reason most of us are here today.” And I am not kidding! If it weren’t for the fervent prayers of my precious Memaw, I don’t know where I’d be today! There is something about those kinds of prayers that just bust through the throne room of heaven. Prayers of belief. Prayers of faith. Prayers that don’t match the circumstances that surround us. Prayers with expectations! Now is the time for you to be the same kind of prayer warrior that you have seen in generations before you.  And through those prayers, your babies will come home, reconciliation will happen, and new journeys will begin. And when it happens, don’t forget to give honor and glory where it is due. This Lord still works miracles!

Many of you may not know our family’s testimony of the journey to parenthood. I’ll spare you the details of the long drawn-out story (that’s another blog for another day) but let me just say that there is a closeness to God that sometimes can only happen in the uncomfortable seasons of waiting. Your faith is built up. Your trust is unshakable. And God’s promises over your life become more than just words you read in your Bible. To know that you know that you know that the God who formed all of creation with a whisper understands the desires of your heart and wants to give you those desires when it’s just the right time. I know all too well what it is like to pray prayer after prayer after prayer for a family of your own. I know what it is like to be disappointed month after month, year after year. Do you realize how many stories there are in the Bible of women with dreams just like yours? Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah, and Elisabeth…just to name a few. Do you also realize what scripture reminds us of in all of these women's journeys? It reminds us that God remembered them! If God remembered them, God remembers you too!

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