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Did you get a chance to spend some time with this week's promises? I read them over and over and had such a hard time deciding which one stood out to me the most. Each one is so fantastic but the promise I am claiming this week is....
I'll display my power in your weakness. My grace will be all you need, my child. 2 Corinthians 12:9
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
Do you ever struggle with admitting that you are struggling or that you can't do it all? I think as moms this is something we can all admit to, whether we want to or not.
Our society has created this image of "supermom" that is able to work outside the home and still get these amazing homecooked meals on the table right at dinner time while spending one-on-one time with each of her kids and husband and keeping with all the household tasks each day. Or it's the stay at home mom with perfectly manicured nails, gorgeous home decor, and an immaculately styled playroom where she hosts weekly play dates with organic snacks.
Um, I don't think those people actually exist. Or if they do, I've never met one. Maybe they don't mingle with me because they can see I'm a hot mess most of the time. The women I know? They are REAL. They love their kids passionately but they also love going out without them. They are okay throwing a handful of goldfish at them to get a few more minutes of quiet. And my favorite thing about them? They admit when they are struggling.
Why is that my favorite? Because it brings the relationships that much closer together. When one mom admits that she struggles with breastfeeding, or with staying close to their husband after having a baby, or with balancing their own needs with the kids it breaks down those walls of "having it all together." It allows for vulnerability and for the chance of other women to come along side and say, "me too!" Sometimes those other women have a suggestion to offer, but sometimes knowing you aren't struggling alone can be as uplifting and encouraging as a fix to the problem.
Jesus is there in our struggles. He is ready to come along side us in our weakness. Pretending we can do it alone and that we can power through without his help is incredibly foolish and, frankly, downright prideful. He is ready and waiting with an abundance of grace to help you with your weaknesses.
Some of my best relationships as a mom have developed by either admitting a weakness or by saying, "me too!" when someone else said what they were struggling with in life. God has used those weaknesses to create bonds and ways to not only grow closer to a friend, but closer to Him together as friends as well.
Father, I thank you that we don't need to put on a "super" act and pretend like we have it all together and can get through it on our own. Thank you that we can be open about our weaknesses and let your power rest on us. Help us to be vulnerable about our struggles with those in our lives so that we can grow together and feel your grace in those moments. In Jesus name, Amen.
Have you ever developed a relationship out of admitting a weakness? What do you struggle with as a mom? Do you try to control what you struggle with or are you learning to turn it over to God?