My fourth daughter, Bianca Faith, was born 4 months ago. During these past months, I have been struggling to nurse her and get her to gain weight, which led us to testing for food allergies, visiting several doctors and specialists. All the while, I have been caring for my other 3 daughters, my husband, managing our home, maintaining friendships (or at least trying!), and the list goes on and on.
I am exhausted. I am spent. I am emotionally drained.
When I feel this way, the devil and his dirty little lies try to creep into my mind and into my heart. “You are not that great of a mom. You can’t even handle these 4 girls. You are definitely failing as a wife. Look at you, you don’t even smile anymore. You are depressed. You are lonely. Nobody is here to help you.” And the lies continue.
You may not be able to relate to difficulties with nursing your baby or to feeling like a horrible wife, but I know that you can relate to being exhausted and feeling worthless – tempted to believe the lies that are being whispered to your mind. I know that you struggle, because 1 Peter 5:9(NLT) says “ Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.”
We all know that God cares for us. Right?!? We know that in our heads…. but do we know that in our hearts? When things are not going as planned and life seems harder than usual, do we remember that God cares for us? During difficult times we may feel distant from God, but the Bible says that even during these hard times what “you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you” (1 Peter 5:12).
I am writing this letter to you, for the same reason that Peter stated he was writing his letter – to encourage you. If you feel that you are in a dark tunnel, remember that there is a Light – His name is Jesus Christ. God speaks to us through Peter’s writings saying, “So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power to him forever! Amen” (1 Peter 5:10,11).
Thank you Lord for your son, Jesus. Thank you that He is our eternal Light that never fades. Thank you for this reminder that you are with us always, even during our suffering. And thank you that you WILL restore, support, strengthen us, and place us on a firm foundation. Amen! and Amen!
Lifegate Women Coordinator