2 Timothy 4:7

Sometimes life is just plain hard. With constant dirty diapers, crying babies, and postpartum hormones, it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. It is easy to just long for a break, and sometimes giving up seems like a good idea. Life has a way of throwing challenges our way. How do we handle those challenges?

Paul’s life wasn’t at all easy. It was much more challeging than crying babies and unbalanced hormones, but at the end of his life he says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:7‬).

When I see this picture it reminds me to keep running. To keep the faith. When it starts to get hard, we should press on, with our eyes on the cross. If we are feeling weak, we can be comforted knowing that God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

1 John 4:19

As Abigail’s mom, I want every part of her.

I want her highs and lows, her laughs and giggles, her snuggles and kisses, and her sweet ramblings of nothing. I even want her tantrums and anger, her frustrations and screams.

I want her to be herself, the person God made her to be. I don’t want her to fix herself, and then come to me once she’s put together. I want to help her when she’s broken, and encourage her when she’s frustrated. I want to work through her tough moments with her.

God wants us the way I want my daughter. He wants us when we’re hurting, and angry, and even when we feel like we don’t want Him back. He wants us. He wants to work through our lows with us, and rejoice when we hit our highs.

How many times do I hesitate to pray because I feel like I’m not in the “right mindset”? Or choose not to open my Bible because, in this moment, I’m not prepared to do a deep theological study?

We love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). Not the other way around.

I plead in my heart for my daughter to never stop being herself with me, and I believe God would invite us to do the same in our relationship with Him.

Come to Him, just as you are.

"Behold what manner of love the Father has betstowed on us, that we should be called children of God!" (1 John 3:1).

"If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself" (2 Tim 2:13).

"In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins" (1 John 4:10).

Happy Mother's Day, friends! I have a very special guest in today's episode of Gather & Glean. Marcie is a pastor's wife and mother of 4. Her words were very encouraging for me coming into this new season of motherhood. Whether you are a mom, a soon to be mom, or even a spiritual mother to the younger generation, this will be a great listen for you. You can play the episode below, or head over to your Podcast App and listen there.


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