Hey Mama, I heard you are drowning. You
thought you were going to wake up and
start a fresh new day, lots would get done,
and you’d go to bed tonight content that so
much was actually accomplished. It’s not
looking that way, though, and the day is already underway and moving too fast.
Your first inclination is to go back to
bed (or hide underneath it). I just wanted
to drop in and encourage you. Don’t hide;
don’t run away. God has your day ordained.
He literally orders our day. And He’s not
surprised by this one.
His Word tells us to wait on Him, to take
courage, to be joyful. I find that when I
start to get overwhelmed, God’s Word is the
place I need to be. He speaks to us through
His Word, the Bible. Have a look:
Psalm 31: 24 “Be of good courage, and he
shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope
in the LORD.”
Isaiah 35: 4 “Say to them that are of a fearful
heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God
will come with vengeance, even God with a
recompence; he will come and save you.”
Philippians 4: 6 “Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made
known unto God.”
Psalm 94: 19 “In the multitude of my
thoughts within me thy comforts delight my
Isaiah 41: 10 “Fear thou not; for I am with
thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I
will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of
Mama, get into the Word today if you can.
Make the time. Read all the above passages
in context and get to know the heart of your
great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is
with you! He will never leave you.
Don’t beat yourself up for the slow start
today. Look, you have a bunch of kids, and
you live in a shoe. Do you think you’re sup-
posed to be superwoman or something?
Come on. Know that it (whatever it may be)
will likely not be predictable. Understand
that your daily plans will blow up at least
once a week (if not once a day).
Give yourself a break; God smiles on you,
so smile back. Say under your breath or in
your heart what our beloved Senior Editor
of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, Debo-
rah Wuehler, taught me to say during these
“LORD, I don’t know what to do, but my
eyes are on You.”
Accept (and rejoice in the fact!) that you
are a child of God, walking this walk, obey-
ing Him, doing your best. In the words of
Keith Green, “He’ll take care of the rest!”
Embrace the madness, Mama. It’s your
crazy, mad, tearful, trial-filled, insane, over-
filled, joyful life.
Love it. He gave it to you.
Now get out from under the bed and go
find your kids. Hug them and move on with
the day. Because His hand is on your head.