Most moms love being a mom and consider it our greatest privilege. Being a mother is never boring. Kids are a constant source of entertainment and as soon as we think we get them figured out, they change! Mothering brings the most wonderful joy, purpose and also the deepest, most extensive range of emotions one can experience. At some point, trials present themselves, if not from the sleep deprivation, from other obstacles or worries. We all face challenging moments. For some moms, those moments can last a whole season and for others, for decades. Although the source and intensity of the stress varies from family to family, the anxiety, fear and exhaustion are real and can take a toll on us.
I remember a particular time I was feeling some stress. My husband and I were preparing to travel with our nine month old daughter from Northwest Louisiana to New York City for her to have a surgery. Keeping her well prior to surgery was critical. The surgeon’s office told me if we arrived for surgery and she had even a sniffle, the anesthesiologist may determine the procedure too risky and cancel it. Working with the doctor’s office and insurance to obtain the pre-authorization was quite a feat also. Specifically, we were being told by our health insurance that they may not pay for the surgery because the hospital and doctor were “out of network.”
We were committed to having the surgery with this surgeon, so plans for flights, layovers, breathing treatments and feedings, a place to stay, and transportation around New York City with a nine month old were all underway. The increased tension in my neck and shoulders was very telling of the anxiety I felt. Then, we received a greeting card from a sweet friend from church. It read:
No matter what we may face, the Lord provides a place of peace, a place of hope and best of all, His presence to see us through.
‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help . . .’ Ps. 46:1
This simple, yet profound reminder of my God and His faithfulness helped my thoughts stay in line with my faith, which helped me to have the courage and strength I needed. This encouraging word inspired me and lightened my burden.
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Inspirational Quotes from Moms for Your Challenging Moments as a Mom
I asked a few friends what Inspirational quotes or scriptures have been meaningful to them during their challenging moments. I am super excited to share their responses with you not only because their replies are awesome, but also because each of these moms know God personally and are amazing women! Here are Inspirational quotes from seven moms (including a few grandmas) for your challenging moments as a Mom:
1 Remember “This too shall pass!”
(It was my Grandmother’s favorite saying 😉)
2 Pray and obey 1 Peter 5:7
May I cast all my cares [all my anxieties, all my worries, and all my concerns, once and for all] on Him, for HE cares about me and my child [with deepest affection, and watches over me very carefully]. 1 Peter 5:7
3 Remember that even God, the only perfect father, does not have perfect children.
I read an article in a Lifeway parenting magazine that discussed a conversation between Rev. Billy Graham and his oldest daughter, Gigi, on raising children. Rev. Graham explained, if God, the only perfect father, does not have perfect children then how can you and I, as imperfect parents expect to have perfect children of our own. I remember how this article took a weight off of my shoulders as a mother with young children that became frustrated when they argued and misbehaved. When I was in the difficult moments of disciplining my children for their behavior, these words would often flood thoughts.
4 Remember God is able to keep your children and show them the way to go.
The first that comes to mind is 2 Tim 1:12 HE IS ABLE TO KEEP THAT WHICH I COMMITTED. I Trust Him for my girls!
Psalm 143:8 show them the WAY to go! ♥️♥️
5 Remember your strength comes from God.
Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
2 Timothy 4:17 But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me …….
6 Pray Isaiah 58:11 and 2 Timothy 1:7
One of my favorites is Isaiah 58:11 : May you, Lord, guide my grandchildren continually and satisfy them in dry places. May they be like a watered garden and like a spring of water that will not fail.
2 Timothy 1:7 May my grandchildren not have a spirit of fear, timidity or cowardice-but of power, love and a calm and well balanced mind with discipline and self-control.
7 Remember Isaiah 41:10
Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Experiencing challenging moments is part of motherhood. However, growing stronger spiritually through spending time with God in prayer and reading scripture will make a powerful difference. As a result, we will overflow with confidence in God’s promises. No matter what we may face, the Lord provides a place of peace, a place of hope and best of all, His presence to see us through.
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