Dear sweet momma, are you hurting today? Are your burdens weighing you down so heavily that you feel there is no way up or out?
Are you struggling to understand what has happened to truth and hope and joy and peace? They may feel beyond your grasp right now.
Is there something in your past that you regret? A decision that has left you burdened and feeling like you cannot share it with anyone because you risk judgment?
Do you have a child who has lost his way or doesn’t seem to respond well to your parenting efforts? How you wish you could reach him, if only you knew how.
Are you holding out for a day when your life will be more organized, more sane, guiltily wishing your kids were older and a bit more independent? But yet wanting at the same time to cherish those tiny fingers and toes, those hands that reach for you and that little voice that calls out “will you read to me?”
Did you lose someone close to you? A mother, a friend, a child, a spouse who could be helping you along the road of motherhood right now, but yet you have to go on without them?
Is there a difficult decision you must make–like how to school your kids or whether to try and buy more organic food or where to move when a job opportunity comes along….or anything else that’s too much for you to bear alone?
Mom, you are not alone.
In your hopelessness, your fear, your mourning and weeping and your lack of strength, there is grace. There is true peace. And there is hope.
There is someone who pursues you relentlessly, who is willing to forgive your failings and give you strength to face the next day. There is someone who will put your life back together when it has fallen apart. Slowly, perhaps, but most restorations and renewals happen that way.
There is Jesus Christ. Always.
Almost every translation of the Bible says Psalm 147:3 using these exact words:
He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.
This gospel promise, these precious words, are for you, my friend. The God who never changes, who always is faithful and holy and righteous and perfect, wants to heal you. Without judgment, without limit. Yes, there has been sin. We are all sinners and fall short. The law condemns but the gospel frees.
When we see our need, He is there. He was even there when we didn’t see our need and ran from Him. That makes the gospel even more beautiful, doesn’t it?
If your hurts are more than you can bear, I pray that you will take great comfort in this truth. I pray that it will get past your hardness and your defenses, and fill you with great grace. Just like this everlasting truth continually works on my hardness, my stubbornness. Every. single. time.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27