Jan 17, 2014

Truths to Cling to on Hard Days

We all have rough days.  By 9 yesterday morning, I had changed a horrible poopy diaper, yelled at my girls who were fussing about everything and refusing to get along, had to set the house alarm 3 times because we couldn't get it together, accidentally kicked a sippy cup which exploded on the front door, left my purse in the house, found baby snot on my black pants for work, and on top o fit all, we were running late.  All of this left me feeling guilty and with a huge sense of Mommy Inadequacy that was looming over my day.

This morning, I read an email from yet another friend who has received a diagnosis of breast cancer.

*Deep Breath*

Sometimes days are just hard.

BUT - that does not mean we do not have hope, peace, joy, love... all those wonderful promises of God.  So, I want to take a moment and give you 10 Biblical Truths to cling to when you are having a rough parenting day, or just a rough day in general.  As I write this, I pray that you find strength and comfort from these words.

Ten Biblical Truths

Create in me a pure heart, Oh God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.  Because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. James 1:2-3

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be anxious for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, surely I will help you.  I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.  Philippians 4:6-8

Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

God is our refuge and strength.  An ever present help in times of trouble.  Psalm 46:1

It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.  He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.  He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.  You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great.  You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.  Psalm 18:32-36

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.  Psalm 73:26

May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

If you are like me, you need visual reminders of truths throughout the day to remind yourself to meditate on these words.  Here are a few ideas to try:

1.  Put a sticky note on your dashboard in your car with a verse on it.  When you are stopped at a light or waiting in the carpool lane, read the verse to yourself.

2.  Use a dry erase marker and write verses on your bathroom mirror.

3.  Print out the images above and frame them in your home as a reminder when you come in the house, when you are making dinner, when you go to bed, etc.

4.  Memorize a verse to call upon when you need it.  "Thy words have I hidden in my heart..."

Blessings to you, Friend.  Let's pray that God will help us to enjoy these moments and make the difficult days few.

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