i know you’re tired mama.
i know a part time job would help finances.
i know budgeting is difficult, especially when you’re first starting out.
i know meal planning is a challenge, especially when all anyone does is complain about what took you two hours of cooking and 24 hours of prep to make.
i know that you’ve had to discipline 8 times today and it’s only 10am and sending him/her to daycare would be easier.
i know that you’re frustrated with lessons and you think if you only had a teaching degree that helping your child learn to read would be easier.
i know that the thought has gone through your head that sending them to school would be the best option because those people are trained to handle this.
i know that if people weren’t in your house all day long it would stay more clean for longer.
i know that you just need some alone time. The bathroom trips aren’t enough anymore.
i know the 4 month old didn’t sleep last night and niether did you, and now your other children are awake and hungry and fighting and all you can do is think about how much you need to go back to bed.
I also know that you were called to this.
I know that you and your spouse CHOSE to have you stay home so you COULD be the primary influence in your child(ren)’s life/lives.
I know things are tight because of that choice but this is the mantel you’ve been given, mama.
I know that firey darts will come… Every month. Every week. Every day. Every night. Every hour. And sometime’s, every minute.
Remember WHO you’re fighting. It’s not your child. It’s not your spouse. It’s not The Creator.
It’s the one who wants your children for his own selfish purposes.
It’s the one who will penetrate your mind with negative thoughts. Thoughts of ‘I’m not good enough/smart enough/organized enough/calm enough/… enough.’
He will tell you ANYTHING to get you to give up your child for even a few hours a day so that YOU are no longer their primary influence.
Do not forget he. is. a. liar.
Do not forget to take. every. thought. captive.
I know that the Creator will not give you anything you cannot handle WITH Him!
You were called to this.
You were designed for this.
You were specifically and carefully chosen for the child(ren) in your home.
And YOU, mama, are their gate keeper right now. You are their protector right now. You decide what goes into their eyes. Their ears. Their minds.
Make it good.
Make it weapons to fight the enemy.
Renew yourself in the Word and in prayer.
I know you’re weary. That’s what the enemy wants. He wants you so strung out that you can’t see the roundhouse he will throw.
But you on your knees is all it takes to knock him out.
Don’t have time to pray? Do it WITH your children. After all, you’re there to teach them. Teach them to start on their knees.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12
“…taking captive every thought to make it obedient to the Messiah.” 2 Corinthians 10:5b