As a mom, I often feel inadequate. In many ways, I am still learning to love and obey God. Yet, I have been given this enormous responsibility to teach my children to love and obey. How can I, an imperfect mom, show them how to love God will all of their heart, soul, mind and strength when I so often fall short?
As a wife, some days I feel as if I don’t measure up. I want to keep the house clean, but it’s almost impossible while working full time. I wish I had more time to cook for my husband. He does the majority of the cooking during the week. And the laundry — “Honey, where are my clean socks?” Uhm, I think they are still in the washer.
As a woman of God, I fall short. Most days, all I see with my human eyes are tasks unfinished, the tears of my children after I’ve spoken harsh words, or the laundry that I can never seem to get control of. My imperfections stare at me continually. But God does not call me to live a perfect life. He simply called me. He put in me the desire to be a wife and a mother, and He fulfilled that desire. And lately, He has been reminding me that whatever it is that He has called me to do, He will equip me for the task.
He equips me with strength when I am weak.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
He equips me with patience when I feel as if I could lose my mind.
We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 always thanking the Father. (Colossians 1:11-12b)
He equips me with joy when the task in front of me seems burdensome.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)
He equips me with hope when I feel like giving up.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
I am praying for you today my sisters, that you will know that God will equip you because He has called you. You are a good wife, an amazing mom and a beautiful friend. He has called you and He will give you the grace and the ability to finish the good work He has begun in you.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6 NLT)