I Need Jesus
This page has been rather quiet these last few weeks as race training and family events have filled up my Saturday morning writing time, not to mention being in a discouraged season in my life the last six or so weeks. It has been a challenging season of seeking contentment among work transitions for my husband, homeschool challenges as we worked through some hard attitude/anxiety issues in the hearts of my children, and pushing myself physically more than ever as I trained for a quarter marathon. My oldest two kids and I ran a 5K race together to support our local Pregnancy Resource Center (First Image), which was fabulous, and last weekend I completed my goal of running in a Quarter Marathon, which was an amazing experience.
Amongst the fullness, the Lord has met me in some incredible ways. He has planted these thoughts in my mind lately…
The only way I can be a good mother is to point my children to a Good Father. God is fighting for us! Being a good mother is not about my efforts, it’s not about making the best plans for my kids, it’s not about having all the answers to their struggles, it’s about pointing them to Jesus. Jesus is enough. He is enough in the face of every difficulty.
The only true self-care my soul and spirit needs is more of God’s Word. I can’t slack or become lazy about reading his Word. This is the weapon my soul needs daily to fight the good fight of faith. I need Jesus.
I must be anchored in God’s Word, moment by moment, hour by hour, so I can rest confidently in God’s care, plan, and purposes when I am tempted to be overwhelmed by a flood of worldly lies.
Psalms 37 calls us to…
Delight Yourself in the Lord….
Commit Your way to the Lord…
Trust in the Lord…
Be still before the Lord…REST!
In a season of waiting, discouragement, and doubt…God is calling me to rest.
I was listening to this sermon series, God’s Faithfulness in Times of Trouble by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth, and she shared these quotes by C.H. Spurgeon:
“If hunger brings us to our knees, it is more useful to us than feasting. If thirst drives us to the fountain, it is better than the deepest droughts of worldly joy. And if fainting leads to crying, it is better than the strength of the mighty.”
“We pray best when we are fallen on our faces in painful helplessness.”
Anything that makes me need God is a blessing. - Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth
That’s where I am right now. I am needy. I need more of Jesus. I need Jesus to support and love my husband well during his work transitions. I need Jesus to know how to address the difficult heart issues of my children. I need Jesus to make homeschooling decisions for the next year and not compare myself with others.
And being needy is a good place to be as I get more of Jesus as a result!
By the way, I’m doing the Same Page Summer Bible reading challenge this summer, reading through the entire New Testament starting June 3, and I’d love for you to join me in making God’s Word a priority this summer. More info, visit here.