The Quarantined Mom On A Mission!
Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Raise a virtual hand if you are frustrated in any way? I think we all have our hands up. As moms we are frustrated, concerned and uneasy about all the things going on in our world. The struggle is real and it’s different for each mom. Right now, we have stay at home moms who are not use to being stuck at home unable to do their normal out of the house activities with their kids. We have working moms trying to work while now also teaching their kids at home. We have pregnant moms who just need a nap or two or three. We have single moms who are struggling to
find childcare for their kids because staying at home for them is not an option. We have moms who worry that when they leave their essential jobs, they will bring corona home with them to their families. We have moms whose kids are grown and they struggle that they can’t visit their grandkids right now. Moms are struggling in many different ways. Moms are struggling and even if your struggle is not the same as their struggle or maybe you are not struggling at all as a mom these struggles are real. One thing God has been speaking to my heart lately is this “it’s not just you Helena!” I’m not the only mom In over her head. I’m not the only mom who is missing out on something because of this virus. All of us are struggling and God can see our frustrations and He can see our effort. We are all moms who are trying our best and we are all rocking it the best way we know how. We are quarantined moms on a mission.
But! Are we on the right mission?
I see on social media a lot, parents consumed with the idea that their child will go back to school behind because they are now being taught at home. Trust me. I get it. I understand. Honestly! Ellie doesn’t recognize one letter outside her name. To be truthful she can’t even tell a number from a letter at the moment. BUT when she falls asleep at night she’s smiling. She’s not worried. She’s not overly frustrated from days on end being stuck inside. She is content and she knows she is loved by Him. She knows she is taken care of and she is safe because she knows Jesus is in control. This is our mission as Christian mothers. Our mission is to point our kids to Jesus even when NOTHING makes sense. Our mission is to teach our kids that our joy is found in Him and not swimming pools, parks, restaurants or play dates. As mothers it is our mission to train our kids to look to Him when everything around them is falling apart. I can promise you one thing, if we fulfill this mission; spelling test, math problems and so on will work themselves out. Here’s the thing. You might miss your child’s zoom meeting. You might struggle to understand the math you need them to learn. Your kid might put up a fight when it’s time to sit down and work. They might not be able to spell one word on that spelling list, but they will be fine if they know they can always look to Jesus. They will catch up. If they struggle to catch up there will be options to help them move ahead. I’m not saying skip the school work. I’m just saying don’t let the school work become bigger than what God wants to do in your kids during this time. He wants us to point our kids to Him.
In the same way, don’t allow your current struggle to become bigger then what God wants to do in your life right now!
We are all quarantined but God is not in quarantine. He is still working. If we would just turn our eyes to Him,
we would see that He is working in each and everyone of our lives. We have one mission right now! It’s not to worry. It’s not to try and figure it all out! It’s not to be perfect in all areas. As mothers, it’s simply to look to Jesus and point our kids to Him too. The truth is, we can’t do motherhood in any situation without Jesus. It is only in Him that we find the strength we need to be the mother He has called us to be. And it is only in Him that our kids will discover who they are called to be. It is in Him that our kids will find joy and peace in the midst of uncertainty. Be that mom! That mom on a mission.