Last weekend, I enjoyed an overnight getaway with girls from my Sunday School class. I am so thankful for this group of ladies. The last time I enjoyed true fellowship with a group of girls was during college (thanks Cathy, Joy & Angela). Through spending time in God’s Word, praying for one another, shopping, eating and laughing together, those girls became some of my greatest friends. As we all went our separate ways, I never found a group of girls that I could get together with in such a way as that. (I’m taking my lifelong girlfriends out of this mix because we have a unique relationship in itself.) So, all of that to say, I’m really thankful for a group of gals – some old friends, some recent friends and some brand new – to be able to grow with as I walk this journey.
After spending an evening eating, acting like teenagers on a scavenger hunt and creating our own Pinterest Prayer Journals, we took a few moments for a devotion to end the evening.
As you all know, God has been teaching me a lot about being a Proverbs 31 Wife, and my husband would quickly tell you that I still have A LOT to learn! This may be my lifelong journey.
I hope that God used me that night to share with the other gals their value. Perhaps, you are searching for your value, as well. In case, let me share what we shared that night.
As a wife and mom, what is your biggest struggle? What are your anxieties? What are your insecurities? What are your frustrations?
For me, my biggest struggle is taking care of my home. I’m terrible at managing the laundry (just committed my teenage cousin to helping me with it weekly) and keeping a tidy house.
As women, we sure do beat ourselves up a lot! We question and second-guess ourselves all the time. We compare ourselves to other moms and other families.
Psalm 86:15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
- If we want to follow God’s example, and He is slow to anger and rich in faithful love, why are we not compassionate with ourselves? Why do we get angry with ourselves? Why do we give up on ourselves?
Moms, we need to take time to focus on what we do right. God has blessed us with great skills and talents and qualities as wives and moms. God chose us to be the moms of our children!
So, what are 3 qualities or talents you have as a wife or mom? Share these by commenting below.
For me, I am a planner. I am easy going. I am frugal. And, as my best friend talked about her strength, I must steal it for me, as well – I always think of Nathan and the kids before I make any decision. In my planning, I think of them from the moment I wake up until the moment I lay down at night. And, I would imagine that most of us moms share this strength.
As you share these qualities, do not feel as if you are boasting. This is a tangible way, to say out loud, how God has equipped us.
I challenged myself and the girls that evening to jot their strengths down in their prayer journals and to make notes during the week of times that they used their strengths. I challenge each of you to do the same.