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I am a weary mom–
I know a lot about moms. For one thing—I am one. But I also spend a lot of time with other moms. At church, in my small group, various homeschool groups, my family, and friends—almost every woman I know is a mom.
All of these women in my life are very different, but they do have one thing in common– (besides the whole mom thing)
They are all very tenderhearted.
They take a lot on their shoulders and find themselves easily hurt.
I’m not talking about weakness here—I’m talking about vulnerability
In order to raise up loving and kind children, you have to make yourself vulnerable. You have to put yourself in the line of fire and make hard decisions; be the rule-enforcer and the ouchie-kisser within minutes of each other.
You have to SERVE your family with love; knowing it’s probably going to be thankless and be OK with that and not hold a grudge.
Moms have to strip themselves down to a primal way of life—after years of being told “women can do anything men can do,” and “Girl Power!” They are now expected to endlessly serve with a happy heart. It’s both a beautiful and an impossible task.
It doesn’t come naturally for most of us–in case you think you’re the only one who is struggling.
Married, single, working outside the home or staying at home—it’s hard.
I guess what I’m saying is that being a mom will often leave you raw and exposed.
So that’s what I mean by easily hurt. Vulnerable.
When I am feeling exposed and vulnerable–I have this tendency to want to hide myself. I start to fake my feelings and lean on my own ability to go through the motions of life without anyone knowing that I am struggling. I can fool almost anyone.
Except for God. Obviously.
He gently pulls me towards him through songs on the radio and advice from loving friends. They encourage me to cry out to Him through prayer–even when I don’t want to. I go to my War Room–which for me is a chair in the middle of my living room with an open notebook and Bible on my lap. I go to that spot for healing and resolution of pain.
Here a few of my favorite verses that can raise up a mom from the depths of motherhood. To encourage her to go on fighting another day—that the reward will be sweet. I also included my prayers–because that’s how I use the scriptures to draw closer to God.
War Room Prayers to Strengthen the Weary Mom:
“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.”
“Oh Father, I am so weary. I am weak from trying to hold everything up with my own strength. Forgive me, Lord, for not giving my struggles to you. Hold me up, Father, and remind me of your Truth. Amen.”
“From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety,”
“Oh God, sometimes it feels like I’m drowning in tasks and obligations. I get anxious and overwhelmed and I can’t see an end to my struggles. Father, I know you stand tall and steadfast because that is what your Word promises. Help clear the path for me so I can find you today. Amen.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“Lord, your Word tells us to not be anxious about anything. I want so badly for this to be true for me; but sometimes my human heart does not feel at peace. Father, forgive me for not bringing my worries to you first. Thank you for a peace that surpasses all understanding and thank you for the promise to protect my heart and mind from the trials of my daily life. In Jesus name, Amen.”
1 Peter 5:10
“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore you, secure you, strengthen you, and establish you.”
“Father, I am hurting right now; I feel alone and desperate. I know that when I feel this way, it has been my pattern to turn away from you and I allow the enemy to sneak in through the cracks in my life. Please forgive me for that, Lord. You have promised to hold me up when I am weak and insecure. Help me to lean into your promises, Father. Amen.”
“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
“Oh God, you are the Great I Am. I will never question that. You are the Good Shepard who has promised to keep watch over all His sheep. Thank you for the security that promise brings to my too-often distraught heart. Lift my arms, Jesus—hold me up—rescue me from myself and the demands put on my human heart. In your Son’s precious name, amen.”
“And in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.”
“Even though my head knows that I am not alone in my struggles, I confess that my heart and spirit have been feeling isolated in the wilderness. My strength is failing and I am once again reminded that I cannot do these hard things without trusting my Father in Heaven to carry me through. You, God, have promised to hold me up—help me to believe that with my whole heart. And thank you, Father—for never leaving my side. I will praise you when life is good and even when it’s not—because your love never fails. I love you, Lord. Amen.”
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
“Father, I am trembling with fear of the unknown. I am constantly worrying about what might happen and I try to make sense of life’s hiccups all on my own. I am consumed by stress. Oh God, consume me! I need you to consume me more than my life currently does. Hold me and let me not be shaken. Thank you for loving me even when I turn away. In Jesus name, amen.”
Are you a hurting mom? What encourages you when you are feeling down? Do you have a war room where you do spiritual battle?