Mothering is a hard job. It’s 24/7 and a job that is completely selfless and you are constantly pouring out of yourself with little feedback. It can make you tired, emotional and somedays you just feel like giving up. I feel like that some days, actually most days. It gets to the bedtime routine and with all the tantrums, and sibling fighting, and meltdowns, maybe I just can’t do this… maybe I’m not made to be a Mum, maybe I am a failure…
It’s so easy to feel defeated and it is a feeling that I know the enemy loves to drown us Mummas in. If he can make us feel like giving up, make us feel like we are not winning at this life, then he has us in a defeatist mindset, he has us living in fear, bondage, and bitterness, and not at all living the way Christ intended which is a life of freedom, victory and Joy.
We have battles everyday in our life as Mothers. Every one of us will have a different battle that we have to fight. It might be a battle for our little one’s behaviour, or battling through sleep deprivation, a battle of being a single Mumma, or battling through health issues. We all have our own daily battles as well as bigger lifetime battles. One thing I have learnt is that although our battles may look very different they are no less important and no less a struggle for each of us. God’s Word can be used to bring victory into our lives and victory over each of these battles that we face.
God wants us Mummas to know that we have been made for this life of mothering, that He has given us our treasures to disciple and point to Jesus. The only way we can do that well is to do it from a place of victory and truth. Our truth has to come from the Word of the Lord. This is how we get strengthened, refreshed and equipped for every battle that we face as Mummas.
So here are some whispers from God especially for you Mumma. Read them, meditate on them and I pray that God will really speak to you through these truths from His Word.
But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ
1 Corinthians 15:57
This particular verse is about overcoming sin in our own lives, Now I don’t know about you, but daily I am fighting a battle against myself and the way I react with my children, the way I am quick to be angry, or the way I too easily dismiss them. This verse really speaks to me that the only way we can have victory over these sins in our own lives is through Jesus Christ. It’s through what He has already finished on the cross. It is through the completed work of salvation on the cross that I can have forgiveness from these sins, and I can walk in victory and freedom.
Let me just tell you now there is NO sin that is too great for forgiveness and NO sin is too dirty or messy for God to take away and make clean. The cross covers ALL!!!
So You are not defeated in your battle against sin!! Remember that our victory over sin comes direct through Jesus!!
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
This is a truth that would be a great one to memorise. You are more than a conqueror! How do we conquer? How do we have this victorious life? This verse tells us again that it comes from Him who loved us… JESUS. This particular verse comes in the middle of some pretty intense verses that can be hard to understand, but Paul is talking to us about the fact that Gods love is so great for us that nothing can seperate us from it. Nothing on earth, nothing bad, nothing at all, but we can overcome all through Jesus. We can overcome whatever “tribulations” (a fancy word for bad things that happen to us) through keeping our eyes on Him who loved us.
Sometimes bad stuff happens to us or the people around us, whether its financial, physical, health stuff, death of a loved one, emotional stuff…. but you know none of that stops the way God loves us and we have Him to help us to be victorious in our lives throughout those times.
The verse also says that we are MORE than conquerors. MORE – what does that mean?? We will not just make it through these troubles, we will not just survive the difficulties of motherhood, but we will thrive, we will win this battle with no question that we have won. We won’t just beat the enemy 2-1 we will beat Him 200-1 (and quite possibly more!!!)
So You are not defeated in your battle against circumstances around you!! Our Victory comes from Him who loved us, and His love will never change for us. Again it comes directly from Jesus!!
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Sometimes when we are facing a battle everyday, we feel like we are taking one step forward and 5 steps back. It can lead to us wanting to just give up. It is really tiring to fight the same battle day in day out. These ongoing battles are the ones where it is hard to see the small daily victories, and we want a quick fix. God’s Word here tells us clearly that we can face these battles with the positivity and joy knowing that we can do it!
We can do all that God has put before us, whether it is going to be fixed today or tomorrow or next year. We can do all the things that God has for us because He is the one who gives us the strength to do all the things! Our strength doesn’t come from a good sleep, a day off, or even a good coffee (although all of these things are very very good). Our strength only comes through God and His Word for us.
So you are not defeated in your daily, ongoing, long lasting battles. God gives you the strength to be able to face those battles and “You Can Do It”!
But Jesus looked at them and said “with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
This verse is talking about deeper battles, the ones that we have for our children’s souls. The enemy would love for us to fail at this battle, that is for sure. The greatest gift and responsibility that God has given to us Mothers is to point our children to God and lead them to the One who loves them greater than any one in this world can. This battle is a hard one. This battle is an impossible one really! We cannot do this one, except though God who gives us all wisdom and has anointed us as Mothers (and Fathers) to lead our little ones to Jesus.
Like this verse says “with man this is impossible” We cannot do it. “but with God all things are possible” Only through God can we win this battle. This is a lifetime battle, as the enemy will do all that He can to steal your children away for Himself. We want to do all we can, and again only through Jesus’ strength, to continually point them to a loving Father, beautiful Saviour, and heavenly Helper.
So you are not defeated In your battle for your children’s souls, no matter how old they are, with God all things are possible and this battle is God’s to fight.
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – Our faith.
1 John 5:4
If we have faith in God, then we don’t need to live a life of defeat, we don’t need to give up. Our faith in Jesus is what gives us the victory over the world. Victory over whatever the world may throw at you. If your faith is securely found in Jesus, your eyes are on Him, then you can walk in victory knowing that you are not defeated and you can keep moving forward in this battle.
We are called overcomers for a reason! We continually, everytime, overcome. Every battle the enemy tries, every battle, we are overcomers!! Through our faith in Jesus as the Son of God. All we have to do is walk it out.
You are not defeated in your battle against the world, or what it tries to throw at you. If you believe Jesus is God then YOU ARE an overcomer!
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.
This one is a hard one to read sometimes, because who feels happy when they are going through a hard time? Not me!! But it is not talking about an earthly happiness here, but a deep, secure joy, that goes beyond our earthly understanding. Joy that can only come from Jesus. Our Joy comes because we know that what we are going through in our battles is either teaching us something, or training us for the future. It is developing our character and this is a great thing! We are always growing in the Lord, there is always something new to learn. Our battles can sometimes be our greatest classrooms. Our greatest learning about ourselves, or our kids, can come from our daily battles that we face.
Do not let the enemy steal your joy when you are in a battle. Your deep, secure joy, comes from knowing that God can and will use this for His Glory.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up.
I hope that out of everything this verse will leave you with Hope and a feeling of Victory! Do not give up in doing good. Do not give up in pointing your kids to Jesus. Do not give up training those little ones in life skills. Do not give up fighting for what is right for your family. Do not give up in your daily and ongoing battles!!! In due time… in God’s time…. You will see a harvest… You will see a breakthrough!!
These are just some of the verses I have for you, Mumma, for when you are feeling defeated, or feel like giving up. The Bible is alive and has such amazing truths for you in it for all areas of your life. Dig deep into His Word to find what He is whispering to you today for your circumstance.
I hope you finish reading this with a renewed determination to keep on going! Walk out your victory daily and stand on the Truth of His promises for you!!