April 26, 2018
I’m a mom to three little ones 3 and under. I’m outnumbered. And when my husband and I are home at the same time, we’re still outnumbered! Now, we brought this upon ourselves, but let me say, we are busy! This is the life we live: I feed kids, change diapers, clean up toys, do chores, feed kids, clean up the same toys (or don’t), go to work. Then my husband comes home, feeds the kids, cleans up toys, conquers bedtime, and then we crash. The Fact is, we have a lot going on.
I’m sure that many of you visiting this site are in a similar boat. It’s just busy.
But I think many of us would also say that we’re exhausted. Burned out. Lacking in _________________(fill in the blank!).
I find my heart worn out on many days. My eyes are heavy, my mind is barely running at the speed of dial-up, and my body is malfunctioning. Yes, present tense. Even as I write this post I’m wondering how I can possibly fill every role and obligation that I seem called to fill?
But should that be?
It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.
Now, before we go much further, it needs to be clarified that I am a master of magic “no” dust. I know how to say no. But there are things that just must be done. Roles that must be filled.
So yes, I am a busy, working wife and mother. There are many more adjectives and titles that can define me along with those. And just the thought of on the first three and all the multitasking and requirements of those roles makes me tired!
But here’s the Truth:
By the law, I died as far as the law is concerned. I died so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. I don’t live any longer, but Christ lives in me. Now I live my life in my body by faith in the Son of God. He loved me and gave himself for me. I do not get rid of the grace of God. What if a person could become right with God by obeying the law? Then Christ died for nothing! (Galatians 3:20)
This isn’t the prettiest, pinterestiest, coloring sheet worthy scripture in the Bible, but it is a great summary for what should really define us even when we’ve already defined ourselves.
Think about that for a bit. Who is Christ? And if we are identified by Him, in Him, then should we be lacking, burned out, exhausted? The answer is no.
What I am saying is this:
Why don’t we, as women who have accepted the grace of God, take time together to really get this. To really accept, understand, and live this truth as we fulfill the purpose of glorifying the Father?
It’s deep. And it will lead to a life that transcends the circumstances of this world in order to truly impact those we love and those we’re called to love.
A lot of us spend so much time trying to live a life that is pleasing to God, to our families, and to the online community that we literally forget about God. I mean, we know he’s there, we believe in him, we’re his children. But Jesus didn’t say to Thomas “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe,” because he didn’t realize the power of sight. When we are not walking with our God, it is easy to ‘forget’ that he lives in us. In when this happens, friends, we think we have the power within ourselves to even breathe.
And most of us realize quickly that even breathing is a challenge in our own wills.
But how do we get back to walking with the Lord? How can we go from frazzled, stressed, and falling apart emotionally to confident, wise, loving, competent, and strong (and so much more!) while continually doing all we’re called to do?
Will you join me in the admonition of Scripture as we seek to answer this question:
This is the reason I kneel in the presence of the Father from whom all the family in heaven and on earth receives its name. I am asking G
od to give you a gift from the wealth of his glory. I pray that he would give you inner strength and power through his Spirit. Then Christ will live in you through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have your foundation. This way, with all of God’s people you will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love is. You will know Christ’s love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God.
Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory belongs to God in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time and eternity! Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-20)
Perhaps as we learn who God is as he has declared himself to be in his Word, and we learn to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we will be able to walk renewed, refreshed. We will be able to live a life transcended of our circumstances.
Together, let’s walk the fresh walk.
Consider these passages in Scripture.
Take time to pray as you meditate on these.
Feel free to comment below. Let’s get our study on!
Up Next: Walking in the Spirit.