How to Walk by Faith in the Real World

In one week our family will be jobless and homeless. Okay, that sounds dramatic, but it’s true. My husband finishes his ministry commitment in Fort Worth this week and our lease ends on our apartment Sunday. We still don’t know where God is leading us in this next season of ministry.  When I call out to God as fear swirls within, the Spirit softly speaks, “Walk by faith.”

How do mamas walk by faith in the real world?

 

Walk by Faith

Remember what God has done.

The Bible is full of impossible things becoming possible.

Of course there is the Red Sea escape, a rock turning into a flowing spring, and bread appearing just in time every morning—while the Israelites wandered in their land of unknowns.

Then there’s the murderer who turned into a great evangelist, the dead child whom Jesus raised to life, and fishermen becoming leaders in a world-wide movement of God—just to name a few.

Remember our own journeys.

As I look back at my own God-story, I see Him doing many impossible things. First and ultimate, softening my stubborn heart to turn to Him—and another was saving my son from the point of death when he was born—or that time we had $67 left in the bank in seminary and someone gave us a large financial gift.

Trust God is with us (Matt. 28:20).

He will never leave. He never gives up, walks out, or stops hanging out. He is our counselor, teacher, guide, and shepherd. God is with us.

Stay in His Word and in prayer.

Speak truth in your heart (Psalm 15:2). Those nasty peace-destroyers of doubt, fear, and lies wiggle their way into our hearts if we let them. Keep reading. Keep praying, even when it feels weird or distant.

 My little ditty I tell myself: Open the Word and put some in, so my heart’s set on Him and not on sin.

Do the next thing we know to do.

For me, it’s pack another box. Don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way. As we wait on God we will be making a stop in California while my mom’s house sells and I say goodbye to the home I grew up in.

Scriptures to encourage you:

on my way

So, how do we walk by faith in motherhood? Remember what God has done. Trust God is with us. Stay in His Word and in prayer. Do the next thing we know to do.

PRAY

God, thank you that I can trust you. You promise to never leave me or forsake me. I trust that you will meet all my needs according to your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Even if I walk through dark trials, your presence sustains me. Help me to see your path when the way seems most unclear. I want to follow You. AMEN.

RESPOND

How about you? Is there an unknown you are facing? I would love to pray for you. Please leave your prayer need in the comments. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Sometimes our circumstances weigh us and bring us to our knees. We cry out to God, but silence. Where is God in our Gethsemane seasons?

Is That My Kid? What to Do When You Feel Like the Worst Mom in the World

A REAL MOM GUEST POST by Lucille Williams

This week’s post is from a sweet friend, Lucille Williams (I call her Lu). She is a mom to three grown children, married to a pastor, and has given me lots of wise advice and deep belly laughs over the years. Her new-release, “From Me to We” is a candid, funny, and helpful book on marriage.


Lord, please give me the strength and wisdom to get through today. Please Lord, I need energy—I’m not asking for extra—just enough to do everything I need to today.

Many days started like that when my kids were little, but on this particular day all was well—superb even. My day was going so well that I decided to head to my kids’ elementary school, and watch them play on the playground.

Undercover, of course.

I parked at the far end of the school and watched from the street. I wanted to see how my children interacted when they didn’t know Mom was looking. I smiled as I played Mom Detective, a modern day Sherlock Holmes.

What to do when you feel like the worst mom in the world

 

I noticed a little boy chasing and throwing down all the little girls. They dropped like Hulk Hogan throwing down Rawdy Roddy Piper.

My mouth open and with a huge gasp—who is that child’s mother? Unbelievable. (more…)

Sometimes God feels far. He feels far for me right now. I feel like a ball in a ping ball machine, bounced around in a chaotic rattling, but not really going anywhere. Only to return from where I came from, the bottom.

When life feels dark and we are pinging off of anxiety, depression, grief, and other threatening emotions, how can we find balance, peace, and truth?

Listen to this week’s video reflection. I hope it helps you and those you love.

PRAY

God, I know Your Word says you never leave me, but you feel far away. Do you see me? The way ahead is clouded and I am overcome. Please help me. Please show me the way, even for just the next step. The noise and the chaos clouds me from clarity. Please, be my clarity. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

RESPOND

How about you? How do you experience God in the darkness? Please share. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

 

Breath for Times You Feel Breathless

A DEVOTION

Life crashes around me

I can’t breathe

 

No gust of strength

No whirl of joy

A breathless heart

 

The tears are starting to fall

I wondered when they would

Rush in like a river

They wash

 

Wash away my  strength

To persevere

On my own

And I cling

 

To the Lord

 

He reminds me

Of His finished work

I don’t have to strive

All He wants is me

 

So I lay myself down

Hands dropped

Soul Tired

Empty

 

And He says, “Come.

My yoke is easy

My burden is light.”

 

So I close my eyes

And surrender—

Fully—no part of my soul

Hanging on to my own

Ways of getting through

 

And for the first time since

I heard the news

I breathe—

Fully­­—no part of my soul

Left breathless.

 

Mom died three weeks ago. I have hurried, organized, and pushed through in mothering, but it crashed around me today in my fatigue. And I realize again how I can’t do this on my own. Even with amazing family and friends. Only God gives breath.

Are you in a challenging season? Do you know someone who is?

Breath for the Breathless

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One Place to Look So You Can Flourish

Flourish

 

1 Kings 17:14-15

But the Israelites would not listen. They were as stubborn as their ancestors who had refused to believe in the LORD their God.  They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors, and they despised all his warnings. They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves. They followed the example of the nations around them, disobeying the LORD’s command not to imitate them.

My six-year-old son juggles to gain acceptance with the kids at school. He often asks, “Can I get an iPad like Charlie?” or “Can you get me Pokemon like Colten?” He also acts as a classroom clown, even if he disobeys the rules, so his friends laugh.

I think us moms fall into similar spiritual traps.

We sometimes follow other moms to figure out how to live, rather than follow Christ. We long to fit in with our neighbors rather than risk standing out—fitting in with the truths of God’s Word.

One place to look so you can flourish

It’s great looking to other moms who love Jesus for examples and creative inspiration, but let’s remember, we follow Jesus and not what others think makes a good mom.

My friend Martha inspires me to read more with my kids and has great suggestions on books that teach little ones about the Lord.  Amy’s creativity expresses itself in after-school tea parties to connect with her kids and pray for them. Yet if I don’t do either of those, I’m no less of a godly mom.

Godly motherhood is simply following Jesus in the moments of mothering.

PRAY

God, please help me desire to follow Jesus more than the culture around me, including other Christian moms. Thank you for their example, but help me be the mom You created me to be. I desire to live for you. In Jesus’ name, AMEN

RESPOND

How about you? What is one practical way you keep your focus on Jesus rather than on others? Please share! You can leave a comment by clicking here.

ONE Scripture To Energize Your Motherhood

a devotion

Weariness sometimes feels like it goes with the mommy job description. Weary from laundry piles, stinky trash bins, childish kids, empty fridge, and fractured sleep.

This week’s verse encourages me that there is a coming harvest, a harvest we will reap at the proper time if we do not give up in doing good.

Do not grow weary in doing good

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Help In The Motherhood Wilderness

A Devotion

Sometimes motherhood feels like my own wilderness testing, Satan tempting me to do things my own way instead of following Christ. Temptations come in the form of kids fighting over a toy—baby crying to be fed—dishes piled on the counter—and clothes tossed on the bathroom floor.  Man, I’m hungry. Oh, need to pack snacks for the kids.  

Motherhood Wilderness

 

I finally open the front door and hear, “I don’t want to go,” from a whining preschooler who sits down and refuses to stand. Rounds of correction and consequences—and the three hours I scheduled for arriving to church on time, now turns into 15 minutes late.

In moments like these the sinful toddler in me wants to pitch a fit. (more…)