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where God meets mothers.

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While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.  And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.  Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. —Matthew 4:18-22

And so there is Jesus, walking the shoreline of Galilee, watching the fishermen casting their nets. He starts calling them to follow, and they do. The end.

But here is what we don’t always think about when He calls the disciples. He is not waiting for them to catch 1000 fish first. He is not waiting on them to invite Him over for dinner. He is not waiting on years of experience or a perfect heart. He is finding them right in their element, in their every day survival.

I dealt with a lot of “stuff” after Titus was born. And one day I will be brave enough to share how I felt during that time. But for now, one thing I remember was sitting in the bathroom one afternoon, tears streaming down my face, barely able to breathe. Something inside of me said, “What do I have in me that is any different from any other mother dealing with these things? How can I overcome?” I felt His presence say, “Me. You have me”.

Do you have Him?

He finds mothers there, too. Just like the fishermen. In the every day survival.  He does not seek perfection in motherhood, a strict list of “how-tos” to follow. Perfectly dressed kids on a day to celebrate resurrection. No noise at the dinner table.

Jesus isn’t walking by the shoreline of our homes, wiping his finger and checking for dust bunnies.

He isn’t checking that sink full of dishes from last night’s supper.

He isn’t counting the times you messed up today by yelling at your kids, forgetting to feed the animals, burning breakfast.

He is THERE. In your every day. In your element. As you are.

He is there when the money is tight. REAL tight.

He is there if you are doing this parenting thing solo.

He is there when you are alone. Or feel like you are. (You are not, by the way. Please come over any time.)

He is there when you have no clue what you are doing but these people are calling you Mama.

He is there on that cold tile bathroom floor on a perfectly sunny day when no one has any idea, breathing life into your lungs and gently reminding you that He is there. Giving you the strength to do the small steps of simply standing up and wiping away the tears with toilet paper.

So, if you are wondering where God meets mothers? He meets them right where they are. 

Draw near, mamas. Please. Dear near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)

He is there.

10 thoughts on “where God meets mothers.

  1. I really enjoy this message you shared on your post. Your message truly strengthened my Testimony so thank you so much!!!!! Have a Great Day!

  2. Thank you for this reminder. “Draw near, mamas. Please. Dear near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)” {I love the book of James!} I am in constant need of remembering to pray in my daily trials of being a wife to my wonderful, hardworking husband and a mamma to my two sweet girls.

    P.S. The “Dear” in the James verse has a typo; should be “Draw”. =}

  3. I stumbled on your site a few minutes ago. This is exactly what God ordered for me today. I have been a mother for 53 years, and am still living with young children while dealing with a semi invalid husband. God has been my strength since I was 10 years old, and I lean on Him more and more as the years go by. Your pages will follow directly after my daily devotions because this added so much to what God is trying to tell me today.
    Yes, my sink is full of dirty dishes. Still have laundry to do for the weekend.
    Thank you for letting God use you to reach others in such a special way.

  4. Where’s the like button?! 🙂 can I simply like…no, LOVE this post! Exactly what I needed said perfectly! God is there. In my day to day mom life, and glory be to Him. Praise God, as I surely couldn’t do this on my own!!!!!!!

  5. Thank you so much for posting. I sooooooo needed this. At 35 with 4 kids and a disabled husband I struggle. God is my source of hope and encouragement and I am thankful for to honestly and helping me know I am not alone in this life as a mom and wife with the thung I struggle with. Feeling encouraged.

  6. Christie- your blog is wrecking me! Someone shared your “satan steals motherhood” post on Facebook today and I’ve read three more of your posts. Maybe a mistake to read them at work because tears are flowing down my face and I pray no one walks in my office 🙂

    The Lord has blessed you with the simple words of a Father’s heart to pierce right through to the soul of mamas. Thank you for sharing His heart with the world. Bless you.

  7. Wow, did I need to hear this. Just last night my husband was wiping away my tears with toilet paper because I felt like I couldnt keep up and was feeling overwhelmed and alone. Thank you for your inspiring posts!! They are encouraging me to keep going, even when I wonder if I’m doing things right!

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