Friday, April 19, 2013

Mom, Are You Desperate?

Today I had the exciting opportunity of meet with some ladies from my church to brainstorm ways to help desperate moms - moms who simply need to breathe. There are just a handful of us that we know of, but I'm sure there are more. Young moms who were unprepared for the onslaught of sleepless nights that lasted much longer than anyone could have expected (or endured without sanity taking a backseat), the overwhelming sense that accomplishing anything the way we used to was out of our grasp, the reduction or absence of adult conversation and fellowship, and/or the exhaustion resulting from moments with a strong-willed child. What encouragement lies beyond that shaken horizon? Is there help to be found? Where do we look for, and how do we access, relief?
There is hope. There is help. There is relief. Here. Now.
Titus 2:3-5 (Voice)
3 And here’s what I want you to teach the older women: Be respectful. Steer clear of gossip or drinking too much so that you can teach what is good 4 to young women. Be a positive example, showing them what it is to love their husbands and children, and teaching them to 5 control themselves in every way and to be pure. Train them to manage the household, to be kind, and to be submissive to their husbands, all of which honor the word of God.
Older moms, some not yet empty-nesters and not far removed from the little years, are rising up with compassion and understanding for the younger moms. They are remembering that season of life and the blessing they experienced when someone walked beside them without criticism or judgment of their mommy-methods. We have before us a beautiful opportunity for mentoring at its finest. Because sometimes it's not that a young mom isn't trusting in Jesus or trying her best to love her family; sometimes it's just hard! And that hard work can be oppressive and stifling. It can rock marriages and break hearts. And at the toughest moment, help in the form of an older mom walking with you is a breath of fresh air.
If you are a desperate mom, will you say so? Will you wave the white flag and join us as we refresh our souls?

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