Yes I am talking to you, my sweet working Mama friend, you-over there, waking up at o-dark thirty, scrambling to have some time with God, pack lunches, nurse babies, iron clothes, tripping over clothes and doing all the things- I am writing especially for YOU. I am taking the next 5 days to ask God to give me the best kind of encouragement that only He can give for YOU. You are so special to Him. He cares so immensely for YOU! Did you know that? Can you take the next few minutes and just allow yourself to accept and celebrate and enjoy how LOVED you are?!
Do you know that He is not looking down on you from heaven, thinking thoughts (such as we think to ourselves)- “Well, she needs to get more done today or that house is just falling apart and there are not enough nutritious meals and those kids, well, their behavior would be much better if she was home more.” No, No, No, No, No. These are more of the thoughts coming from our God towards you- She is a hard worker, that daughter of mine. Look how strong she is. She is not afraid to admit she needs help. She knows that she needs me and I am right there with her. I’m so glad she keeps me close. She loves her home and her children and I want to keep helping her to raise them up to know me. I’m so excited to keep partnering with her in the saving of their souls. Her home needs me and she knows that. It’s not about the dishes, the cleanliness, the interior decorating. With knees bent and eyes on me, her home will be a place of refuge for her family, a place where they can find me and that is all that matters.
Dear heart! You have a God that ADORES you. I mean think about how much you ADORE your babies. Like, ridiculously, right? Like I don’t know about you, but I still sneak a peek at my kids while they sleep at night and sometimes it just takes my breathe away. Can you imagine as you sleep at night, the God of the universe, tip-toeing into your room, tucking your hair behind your ear, touching your forehead to make sure you’re “not too hot but not too cool”, kissing your eyelids, pulling the covers over “just so” and just being in awe of the creation He has made?
THAT is how much He loves YOU.
I believe that God cares about all the details. You know how we are as Moms? How we want to know every little thing about our kids while we are gone? What did they eat? How did they act? How many times did they poop? Did they cry? What did they learn? When did they have fun? Who are their new friends? I mean, Mamas out there, I know you get what I’m saying- that love we have for them propels us to want to KNOW them inside and out. Your older kiddos may roll their eyes at this, while your infants have no clue as you drill their daycare providers and tear up as you look at a picture sent to you during their playtime at school, your school age kiddos may still talk a million miles an hour and even though you need to make dinner and do every, little, thing, you still pause and feel that awe and joy at how much they are growing and changing and it literally shakes you to the core! The God of the universe looks at YOU with the same if not MORE affection and awe and eagerly watches you throughout your day, adoring who you are and who you are becoming.
You know how much care you put into packing the diaper bag, the lunch box, the backpack, can you imagine… as you sleep, the God of the universe, preparing the day for YOU. Making sure He brings you beauty in the changing seasons, encouragement from a friend, enough challenge to keep you growing, times of rest, a pause in the middle of your day to make sure you remember that nothing is an emergency and to JUST BREATHE, moments to feel refreshed- that long shower in the morning, or that car ride worshipping him, or that text message that reminds you that you are not alone. He cares about all the details. God is WITH you right now and every single moment throughout this day. Read Psalm 139 with me:
Psalm 139: 1-14
“Oh Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall hold me,
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.”
Take care sweet friends. Three things to keep in mind today-
1. God adores you. He CHERISHES you.
2. He cares about every detail of your life.
3. He knows you. You are KNOWN.