My oh my.
It's been a year already. I'm sure many of you ladies can definitely agree. (Hence why my last post was in January.)
I've done a lot a thinking over the past few weeks and ultimately I just can't do this life on my own. And I know that Ive known this for quite sometime but I've gotten to the point where just emotionally I was totatly overwhelmed.
People say to me all the time, you're one of the strongest people I know. Truth be told, I'm really just as weak as any of you. Really and truly I am. There are times I just sit in my car after work and sit there for a minute because the day just wiped me out. There are other times, when I just lock myself in the bathroom in the morning for 20 minutes for a long steamy shower because I'm so tired and drained and yet the day hadn't even started yet.
My body is human, it fails me, it makes me feel hurt but I can rely on a God who loves me to give me strength, peace, grace, and wisdom of how to not just make it through a day. . . but to thrive through a day.
This life is hard, and for right now its kinda rough on me emotionally. My mom's health is not where it needs to be and I feel like I'm re-living my childhood once again trying to be strong enough for everyone. But the difference between now and then ... is that I know now that I don't have to be strong enough for everyone.
That's right. I don't have to be. And you don't either.
Because we have a God that has hands of mercy that cover us completely and HE is the only one that is truly strong enough.
When I remember that, I feel a little bit more at peace. I know that despite whatever my day brings me that it really is going to be ok, even if its not at the present moment. Its then that I remember that still small voice inside that says yes, Jamie...... YOU can do all things through Christ who is strengthening you right now!! (Phil 4:13)
So tired, exhausted, diy mom, wife, daughter...whatever you are. . . you do not have to bare your burdens alone. God loves you and truly wants to carry if for you so you don't have to. He's the perfect gentleman to all of us.
About two years ago, my husband and I were going through a very hard time in our marriage. It just seems like the clouds of doom would not move away from us. I asked someone, why? Why us? Why now? Why can't we move away from all of this? Our friend said, ya know, you're going through all of this right now and even though its not ideal and very hard for you guys...the one thing that you're daughter is seeing is that you are praying in the hard times. So when she gets to be older and has hard times of her own, she's going to know that the first thing to do is to get on her knees and pray through it.
That right there friends, was the blessing I needed to hear at that time. I hope that little glimpse of hope encourages you too.
Father I thank you for these young women, these moms, these wives...your daughters Lord. I know there are tough situations and emotions that encircle us ready to devour us. But God I also know that the truth is we do NOT have to carry any of this alone becauseyou are with us. I ask right now that you encourage them to not lose hope, but to seek after your face. In Jesus name, Amen.
-Jamie @ Women Simply Thriving