The Best Encouragement A Weary Mother Will Ever Need.

I’ve already mentioned this week that we are exhausted. Sleep is really strange at the moment – between the cold I had and Rosalie just not knowing night-time is for sleeping – my days feel long and heavy. Disciplining, mothering intentionally, keeping house, loving and caring for my hard-working {and equally exhausted} man, connecting with church fellowship… All are necessary for the good life, the abundant life.
And my life is abundant. I love it.
But abundance doesn’t mean it isn’t always easy. Jesus lived the perfectly abundant life. He laboured, he fought, he loved, he cherished, he gave, he poured out, and ultimately, he died. And he said that he – the Christ – was the abundant life!
If we compare his promise of abundant living to what our western world says is “the good life”…Well, there is no comparison. Only complete contrast.
Within me battle two desires: 
  • the desire to have Jesus’ version of the true, good life,
  • and the desire to have it easy, like everyone else.

But we cannot have it both ways. If we are truly his, we are in him and he in us… so life is going to be hard work.
Today, after another really hard weekend which never stopped, and a night that was full of children waking {one for over two hours, ahem, not mentioning her name} and earthquakes and left-over coughing, we woke up before dawn {because our kids like to make things interesting}, and I thought,

“Why? Lord, I prayed for good sleep. Why???”
When I got home from dropping Josiah off at kindy and I put Rosalie down for a sleep, I really fought with the Lord. I prayed,
“Father, I really want to sleep right now, but my soul needs you. Please, please speak to me. Give me encouragement and strength through your word.”
And this is what he said:

“He [Christ] is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” ~ Colossians 1:28-29

Now, I have slowly been going through Colossians in my quiet time. These were the last two verses left of the chapter. I had no idea they were coming, but here they were, and they spoke directly to my bone-weary soul.
Why do we do this? Why do we live this life? Why do we work so hard each and every day, pouring everything we have out for our children and our husbands and our homes and our friends?
We do it all for Christ. 
Don’t stop reading. This isn’t some cliche – this is God’s Word speaking directly to you, as it did for me. We do it for him! He is our goal, he is our end! 
Every word of correction, every moment of the night we are awake with children, every time the ground shakes us out of the sleep we were barely having, every time we just want to have a moment’s peace because we don’t think we can keep going – –

He is our joy to behold, our “hope of glory” {vs.27}, he is our purpose, our goal, our end for all our efforts. And, he doesn’t leave it there.

“I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.”

We work hard, we pour out to almost nothing – and, if we call out to him, he is faithful, he fulfills his word, he pours back into us. He gives us the energy to do this life. He gives us the power to do his work. And later, in Timothy, Paul says we are, in Christ,

“Equipped for every good work.” ~ 2 Timothy 3:17

Friends, if life is hard right now, don’t give up. We have got this. We’ve got this because of Christ. Not only is he our goal, he is our help. He is everything we need for this life because he is true life. 
Let me finish with this beautiful version from the Amplified Bible for your encouragement, as it is for mine:

“We proclaim Him, warning and instructing everyone in all wisdom [that is, with comprehensive insight into the word and purposes of God], so that we may present every person complete in Christ [mature, fully trained, and perfect in Him – the Anointed]. For this I labour [often to the point of exhaustion], striving with His power and energy, which so greatly works within me.” 

Tired mother, how are you? Has this Word spoken to you today? Please share. 

20 thoughts on “The Best Encouragement A Weary Mother Will Ever Need.

  1. I love how you said that abundance doesn't always mean it will be easy. In my experience, nothing in this life that is worth doing is easy. Thanks for the encouragement this morning.

  2. Thank you for sharing this. Beautifully written. When I was on team No Sleep, rocking my baby for the umpteenth time, I'd tell myself, “Enjoy this, savor it. This may be the last time he needs me to rock him.”

  3. I think the more we try to fight night wakings, the harder it becomes. When we accept them, even embrace them, there is a grace we would miss out on and joy to be found if we had carried on fighting.

  4. You're so right, Sarah. Jesus never promised us an easy life when we chose to follow him — as a matter of fact, just the opposite. But he does a full and abundant life. Sometimes, like you're experiencing now it might even feel too full but remember that he never gives you more than you can bear. Thanks for encouraging other worn out moms from your experience. Wishing you blessings and a nap here and there. 🙂

  5. Amen, Sarah! We do it all for Christ, and He is the one who gives us strength to get it all done. I know exactly the tired you are talking about, but it is so good you have Him the glory in what you do. Thanks for sharing this encouragement with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

  6. Great post on the mere fact that abundance doesn't mean ease, and it's all for God's glory. I loved that you shared this with us at Grace & Truth!! Thank you so much!

  7. The battle of those two desires is so real . . . to live the life Jesus wants for us or to have it easy . . . so thankful that, as you said, Christ is not only our goal but also our help.

  8. I am not a mother, but I have seven younger siblings, four of which are girls and they all sleep upstairs with me. Last night one of the younger girls was having issues with her throat and her ear was aching. She kept waking up every two hours and I got up and helped her out until she was able to go back to sleep. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep and I was exhausted when I woke up. I couldn't go back to sleep and I desperately wanted to, but there's just so much to do.
    I was working on a project and had to stop and take time out to go spend it with the Lord. I poured my heart out to Him and explained how I didn't know how I was going to get through the day. (All the while I'm thanking Him for blessing me with the amazing mother He did!) As I spent time with Him my soul was refreshed and I had the strength to continue on.

    Anyway, sorry for that long story there, but that's my perspective here; thank you for sharing this! 🙂
    ~Haley

  9. Haley, what a sister you are – so rare in our times. Bless you for your love and care, you're exactly where you're meant to be. I wish I had had a sister like you {I was a terrible sister to my only younger brother}.

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