Faith Journal Motherhood

Freedom for You, Mama

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Written by Esther Vandersluis

You have freedom. If Christ is in you, you have freedom in Him. Freedom from burdens and guilt and pressure and even busyness.  Because Christ has given us the freedom to live in Him. Hallelujah!

Do we sometimes forget this? We live as though our schedules and our failings and our troubles are overwhelming and over-encompassing. And yet, God desires us to be freed from this. He desires for us to live in a joy and a peace within his presence.

Freedom.

Freedom from guilt because you let your kids watch extra TV today so that you could get a little bit of a break.  And then you ordered pizza for dinner.

Freedom from not cleaning the bathroom for a week because you chose to spend the time playing with your kids…or resting.

Freedom from the pressure of planning your days perfectly so your kids are fully educated and entertained. Freedom from Pinterest perfect activities.


Isaiah 61:10

 I will greatly rejoice in the Lordmy soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

You can rest in the fact that you do NOT need to work for God’s approval! (Or anyone else’s for that matter!)

Freedom from the overwhelming feeling of exhaustion because you have not had a full nights sleep in a few weeks (or a year.).


Mathew 11:28-29

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.   Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

Freedom from the frustration you feel towards your children for having the fourth temper tantrum that day.  Or maybe it was just the first.


Psalm 118:5

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; He brought me into a spacious place.

Freedom from the boredom of being at home all day with children who don’t listen and want you to to read a book, play on the floor, color a picture, or go down the slide with them again and again.

2 Corinthians 12:9

“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.

Let us boast in our weaknesses so that Christ will be our strength and work within us.  Even in those times of ‘boredom’ at home.

Freedom from loneliness when you don’t have another adult to talk to because you are ‘stuck’ at home with your kids.

Deut 31:6

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God is with you.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Freedom from the feeling of inadequacy and insignificance for ‘just being a mom’ and living in fear and self doubt for these reasons.

2 Tim. 1:7

For God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Freedom from feeling stuck, or lost, or purposeless, or desperate.

Is. 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Freedom.

Fill yourself with this freedom today. Let yourself be consumed with it by diving into the truths of God’s word.

Galatians 5:1

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

You, dear mama, are free.

 

About the author

Esther Vandersluis

Esther is a Canadian writing from Hamilton, Ontario. She is a stay-at-home to two incredibly sweet little girls, a wife to a very hard working husband, a writer and crafter in her ‘spare’ time, and a teacher at heart.

Most of all, she is a follower of Christ and is working on living in His joy through every task of motherhood. You can find her at http://abeautifulalarm.blogspot.ca/ where she writes about waking up each day with an attitude of joy and thankfulness while living a life of intention and purpose for Christ.

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