Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my solid rock, my fortress, my rescuer. My God is my rock—I take refuge in him!—
he’s my shield, my salvation’s strength, my place of safety.
We have a Savior who fights for us everyday and His call on our lives is to join Him in battle. I don’t know the battle you are facing this week, but I know that He does and I know He is with you and for you, in the midst of your storm.
He will carry you over the wall. He goes before you. He fights for you. You are not alone!
Jesus loves you NO MATTER WHAT!
One of the battles I am facing is believing that I am enough when it comes to being a mom. I have the great privilege of raising two boys to know and love Jesus and I consider this a huge responsibility.
There are times when I fall short and feel defeated. Sometimes, I can’t believe how bad I have blown it. I raise my voice. I lose my cool. I don’t spend enough quality time with them.
When I really mess up, I begin to wonder am I damaging my children? I am quick to ask for forgiveness and I recognize when I am in sin. Thankfully, our children are resilient and incredibly gracious. My 6 year old is one of the most compassionate people I know. What a gift and what a picture of God’s grace to me!
“One reason we doubt God’s love is that we have an adversary who uses every little offense to accuse us of being good for nothing’s. But your advocate Jesus Christ is more powerful than your adversary. He has cancelled the debt of your sins….
No matter what you do or how you fail, God has no reason not to love you and accept you completely.“
~Dr. Neil T. Anderson
God’s word brings great comfort to me when I feel less than good enough as a mom.
I know the enemy would like nothing more than to keep me in a place of feeling stuck and less than as a mom. In fact, the enemy is looking to devour me and you.
1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
I am blessed to be in a great study with a group of women this summer who are lifting one another up and drawing closer to Jesus. We are studying “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope. It has been so refreshing to be with women who are real and seeking to grow to be more like Christ.
I am leaning on the promises in Scripture to lead me to victory. Here is one we can all stand on!
Psalm 18:35 says: “You have given me your shield of victory.Your right hands supports me; your help has made me great.”
In the book, Renee shares a similar struggle to mine. In the books she writes this:
God wants to give us a new starting place. He sees beyond who we are to who we are becoming.
What an assurance we have from Scripture that God is our shield and protection. He wants to lift us up and support us. He is fighting for us, even when we want to throw in the towel. He never gives up on us. He sees beyond our limitations and weaknesses and knows they are shaping us into the men and women of God, he has designed us to be.
He is not surprised when I blow it with my kids. He waits eagerly for me to run to Him for forgiveness and comfort.
Here are 3 Lessons I continue to practice in overcoming my “not being good enough”.
RELEASE the Lie:
Releasing the lie for me means letting go of the shame and blame. It does not serve us to beat ourselves up and replay the tapes of our sins and failings. What does serve us is recognizing the sin, confessing and moving on in repentance.
You are not your failures. They do not define you!
Romans 8:1 says: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
RECEIVE the Truth:
God’s word is full of promises for the believer. It is excellent to know the word, but we must also receive His truth in our hearts. I am a Bible drill champion, and I can find a verse in seconds. But in the midst of chaos and trouble, there are moments I forget His truth about me.
I need to read it, write it down, say it out loud, carry it with me wherever I go. I stand in front of the mirror and read His word aloud. His word received as truth can transform our lives and relationships.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
RETURN to His Embrace:
Stop running away from God. Turn around and run to the One who longs to hold you, love you, shower you with grace and affection. We have a Saviour who loves us no matter what. Return to the Lover of your soul.
Romans 8:39 Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture…None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
This week, when you find yourself in doubt and in need of assurance, read Psalm 18.
Read it three times and then write down what God promises you. Write out the promises that you need to cling to in the midst of your battles. Carry them with you wherever you go.
Share with me in the comments what your favorite verse/promise from the Psalm 18. I commit to pray for each person who leaves a comment.