As moms, we’re pretty hard on ourselves. If dinner burns, we forgot to get five things at the grocery store (although, in all fairness, they weren’t on the list), the kids misbehaved in Sunday school, or the neighbor complains that our dog is too noisy, we’re quick to blame ourselves. But what about when a marriage struggles, relationships with our children are strained, or we lose a job? Right. We blame ourselves there too.
We’re human. Of course we bear part of the blame! But most of these scenarios involve situations and people that we can’t control on our own. So we aren’t wholly to blame, even though it feels like it.
How do you recover from failures like these? How do you survive the stress and strain? How do you find success again? There are solutions, and they’re not as complicated as you might expect, whether the issues are big or small:
Obviously, these are pretty vague, and they don’t apply equally to all situations, but the basic principles are there. God can help you through any failure you find yourself in. He will see you through all the pain and heartache to the other side, if you will surrender yourself to Him to bring the healing and restoration you need.
“Lord, teach me to love. Show me how to care for others. Cause my soul to burn within for the fellowship of my brothers. Only You can break these chains that have held me for so long. Your my hope, my only hope. Teach me to love.”
The new testament is FULL of God telling us, in one way or another, to LOVE. Love others and treat others as you would want them to treat you. How can something so simple, be so hard at times? We make it hard. Loving comes easy for me, but opening up my heart to let others get close, is another story. I have the fear of being hurt. Therefore, I pray the above chorus, because it should be the way we all want our hearts to be.
Women are emotional creatures. When we love, we love deeply. When we hurt, we hurt deeply. Our thought process is 100% different from a man’s. If a situation happens that involves both, my husband and I, it will eat at me for days, while David forgets about it shortly. I really wish that I had the ability to let things roll off of me. It is like a chain that weighs you down and takes away your ability to breath deeply and easily. God doesn’t want us to feel that way. That is why He tells us that His yoke is easy and His burden is light!
We can not truly know how to love someone, unless God’s love is in us. It’s a love like no other and doesn’t cost a thing. God always loves us no matter what. Even if you choose to turn away from Him, He still loves you. God has an endless love.
As mothers, or those of you that are mothers at heart, it is our responsibility to teach the love of God to our children. Though the above is just a chorus from a song long ago, it makes a great prayer for you to teach your child or children. If we do not teach them Christ’s love, the world will teach them a cheap imitation of it. I for one, do not want my children short changed on Agape love!
Have a great day and love you all tremendously!!! =)