To the mom who feels unseen, unheard, unloved, uncared for.
To the mom who feels overwhelmed, overworked, overanxious, overlooked.
To the mom who feels depleted, depressed, damaged, deprived of.
You are seen.
“Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love” (Psalm 33:18).
The work that feels so mundane may seem like it’s all for nothing, and that our efforts are hidden from our people. Rest assured friend, it’s not hidden from God, and it’s not overlooked.
You are heard.
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).
There are many moments in our day when we feel our voices go unheard, and unless we shout like a villain, what we say won’t hold weight in our home. While this may be the painful reality for a lot of mothers, you have the Ultimate Father who not only sees you but hears you. You are acknowledged and taken into His loving mercy with your requests.
You are cared for.
“. . . casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
We may be so lost in the endless piles of laundry, dishes piled high in the sink, bills coming in, and the need for food to be constantly replenished that we find ourselves even deeper in our worries. To shield our children from the storm that may be brewing inside us, may we take the merciful opportunity to abide in the Father. He cares for us so deeply, and He is more than capable of carrying our anxious loads. You are deeply cared for, momma, even when you feel you are not.
You are loved.
“. . . but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
As broken people, we fall short every day in showing and giving love. So when you find yourself in a position feeling terribly unloved by your people, understand that does not equate to you being unlovable. When you find yourself in a situation where your teenager is shouting hurtful words, proclaiming anything but love, you are comforted in His love.
Motherhood is not for the weak because it’s a refinement process. How much more can we understand the love of the Father toward us if we aren’t brought into a position to love our own children? We feel this immense love toward our new baby before they even truly comprehend who we are in their life. We set up guidelines to not make their life hard but to protect them. And then by nature, they may walk a path spouting hate and resentment toward us, all the while leaving us feeling defeated and forgotten.
God is the ultimate Father who embodies these parent-like emotions.
He cares for us deeply, only wanting what’s best for our life that brings prosperity and not harm. He chooses us in His mercy to love and gives the free will for us to choose Him. Just as we may not need to procreate to live a happy life, He doesn’t need us, but like we choose to have a child, He chooses us.
He cares for you deeply, momma. He relates to your pain of abandonment. He relates to your joyful moments and delights in you as you delight in your children.
So when you feel so worn out and weary, meditate on these truths that Scripture gives.
He gives power and strength when we feel weak and defeated. (Isaiah 40:29)
He is the safe place. (Psalm 61:2-4)
He is so, so faithful. (Deuteronomy 7:9)
Don’t give up, momma. You are doing hard and holy work.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).
We may not see the harvest right now, but we will.
And just in case you haven’t heard it lately . . .
You’re doing a great job.