*I wrote this for mothers but don't worry, If you aren't a mom this list is for you as well. After all, we can all use a little Good News today.
I’m guessing that anyone who is interested in reading a blog post about motherhood cares enough about what she does for her family that she doesn’t need to be told to do more. Most likely she already knows that her role in the house is incredibly important and she feels the weight of that every single day. She has probably spent this past year working hard to be the best at what God has called her to be yet she still feels as if she is not enough. She may even feel like God is angry with her over what seems like constant failures to be the mom who she thinks she needs to be. She is exhausted and she doesn’t need another list of how to try harder to do better. What she needs and longs for is rest.
So in efforts to avoid laying more burdens on the already overloaded shoulders of mothers and to hopefully offer a bit of freedom, I present to you a list of truths to remind yourself of when the burden becomes too much, when you forget where Christ fits into motherhood, or when you just can’t read another list on how to be a better mother.
1) God’s promise to be faithful is a one-sided promise.
Our faith is not in what we do but rather in who he is; a merciful, gracious, redeeming, Savior. Even when we feel like we are barely hanging on we can be sure that God will not let us go. We aren’t holding onto him, he is holding onto us.
“If we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.”
-2 Timothy 2:13
2) Our slate has been wiped clean and replaced with Christ’s perfect record of righteousness.
We don’t have to wake up every morning and get to work on creating our resume’ of righteousness. His record is now ours.
"...and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith..." -Philippians 3:9
3) There is nothing that we can do that will cause God to love us any more or any less than he already does through his Son.
God’s love for us is not fickle. It’s not manipulative or abusive. God is not passive-aggressive or codependent. He has no requirements except that we need him. He loves to love us. He rejoices over us.
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.” –Zephaniah 3:17
4) God’s grace is sufficient for you in every weakness.
We can boast in our weakness because Jesus is strong. We have nothing to prove because he has proved it all on our behalf. His power is shown to be perfect through our weakness and failures.
“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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” -2 Corinthians 12:9–10
5.) We can rest because the work is done. It is finished!
Priests never sat down because their work was never finished. God sent us a great High Priest and his name was Jesus. Jesus was the only priest who’s work was ever fully finished.
"And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ2 had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified." -Hebrews 10:11-14
The call to motherhood is not about you and your ability to raise your family; it’s about a Savior who has called you to serve him as he fulfills his beautiful redemptive plan. He has prepared the good works he has for you and enables you to do them. Whether you are working joyfully or struggling to keep your head above water, he is loving you and working all things for his glory.