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10 Verses for One Tired Momma

April 3, 2018

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Mommas are known for a lot, but I think one of the most common things I hear is that mommas are so tired… ALL THE TIME.  I get it. I feel like I am constantly complaining about being tired while chugging my coffee.  Being a momma is exhausting.  Not only physically or mentally but spiritually as well.  For some reason the thing that can bring us rest, is the first thing to get pushed aside the fastest.

Mommahood isn’t a job that we can put in our vacation time or sick days, or clock out at the end of the day and put things on hold until tomorrow.  To find balance and rest we have to be intentional.  Why do we as moms feel so guilty about finding rest?  It’s like if we are caught resting we are being judged for not being a good momma and not getting our crap done.  I mean it’s not like we can find a lot of time for rest anyways, so why feel guilty for the times that we actually take advantage of it?

God values our rest and believes it is very important.  He will not judge us for resting because He knows the importance of it, I mean He himself rested on the seventh day, and  He encourages us to take it.  There are many verses in the Bible that speak of the importance of rest.  I mean it’s almost as if the all knowing God of the universe knew that terrible things could happen when we neglect rest.  We can get burnt out, quick-tempered (can I get an amen mommas), resentful, the list could go on and on.

I like to have a journaling Bible that I can doodle in or color in. This Bible is amazing for expressing creativity while reading God’s word.  I am also including color pencils, because you can’t color or doodle without color pencils!!

We need to find our rest IN HIM.  He will help carry the burdens and give us rest we can’t possibly find anywhere else.  So I have put together 10 verses to help whenever you feel like you are in need of some spiritual rest.

 



“14 And He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”’

“28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

“10 For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you

have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.”

“6 And he said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.’  For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.”

“6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”



“10 Be still, and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

“2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”

“8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

“27 And he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the  Sabbath.’”



“1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his names sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

With Grace and Gumption,

Megan

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Seeing Out of the Pit of Darkness

March 13, 2018

 

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Ruth 1:19-22

“19 So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem.  And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them.  And the women said, ‘Is this Naomi?’  20 She said to them, ‘Do not call me Naomi, call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.  21 I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?’”



Man, Naomi had been through it.  She had buried her husband, lost two sons, and said goodbye to a daughter-in-law.  Her hopes were shattered. She had no provision, no hopes of grandchildren, and had to return home with all eyes on her and her griefs.  Have you ever been in a place where you “can’t even” anymore.  That point where you just feel like you could not handle anymore or you are going to completely break?  I have, and it’s tough to claw our way back sometimes.

I have lost all my grandparents, a niece, and my mom all by the age eighteen.  I have experienced three miscarriages in a span of nine months.  There are times where I think I just can’t handle anymore loss or disappointment in my life. Times where I feel I have hit the bottom of the bottom.

 This is where I picture Naomi.  “Do not call me Naomi, call me Mara…”  She’s literally changing her name from Naomi, pleasant, to Mara, bitter.  She is so empty and bitter here that she can’t go on as the same person.

But isn’t that what our tragedies do?  They change us.  We go through the trenches and God helps us come out a different and better person with an even greater ministry than before.  We hit so low sometimes we can’t see out of the pit of darkness, but God can.



What is so amazing about Naomi through this is she never renounced her faith. She believed her God was faithful and sovereign even in the midst of her tragedy.  If you keep reading a little further into chapter 2, Naomi trusted herself and her daughter-in-law to God, “Go ahead, my daughter.” (Ruth 2:2). Yet, this doesn’t mean she didn’t have a hard time seeing past her circumstances. The hand had been dealt and she believed with her head that God was sovereign but she was so weary it was difficult for her to believe it with her heart.  She couldn’t see her life being filled up after everything she had been through.  She couldn’t imagine how all this bitterness could turn into beauty, how her daughter-in-law would marry and give birth to a son (Ruth 4:13-17), but our God could.  Because of Naomi’s faithfulness and instruction to Ruth, Ruth goes on to marry Boaz and give birth to a son named Obed.  Little did Naomi and Ruth know, but Obed would become the grandfather to King David, which is in the direct lineage of Jesus Christ.  So without Naomi and her faithfulness there is no Jesus.  Her story was used for literally the greatest good.  She had tremendous impact on Ruth and her impact is felt by al of us.

When we want that name change, and to give up and stay bitter and angry remember He calls us Blessed (Ephesians 1:3), Redeemed (Romans 3:24), Beloved (Romans 5:8), and Free (Galatians 5:1).  These names hold true through our circumstances because our God is mighty in affliction, He is just, and he perfects us in our weakness.  He holds you in His arms when you are hurting the same way you hold and comfort your kids when they are hurting.

 

“Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel!” (Ruth 4:14)

Circumstances may change but our God doesn’t, He is constant. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). We don’t need to waste our time throwing the stones towards Heaven but instead run into His arms, trusting that He will be with us, and that He will redeem us, even through this.

We are not named by our circumstances, we are named by our God.

With Grace and Gumption,

Megan

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