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As a Christian wife and mom, it seems like there’s always room for improvement, doesn’t it?
We read about ways to improve our marriages, our homes, our families, and ourselves. We add some things here and take away some things there, trying to find that perfect balance in the many areas that need our daily attention: Faith, marriage, children, homemaking, ministry, health, work, friends, and so on.
We strive, we fight, we work, always seeking to do our absolute best each day.
We hear messages geared toward Christian women that are meant to be helpful but sometimes sound- to our ears- like we’re just not trying hard enough and we’re just not doing enough, because if we tried hard enough and did enough, our families would be thriving.
Most of the time we welcome the helpful words but, sometimes, the amount of advice and tips and checklists can feel overwhelming.
How can we do it right? How do we support our husbands well? How do we love our children well? How do we keep up with the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical demands of keeping our marriages, families, and homes together? Where do we get the strength needed to continue to fight for our families?
And every single day, we are going to war with an unseen enemy who is constantly telling us that we’re not good enough. An unseen enemy who is trying to break up our families, who tells us that we are too weak and should just give up.
But, still, we get out of bed each day, knowing what lies ahead, ready and willing to fight the battle because:
We will not give up on our husbands.
We will not give up on our children.
And we will not give up on the incredible calling God has put in our lives.
But sometimes we get tired.
Sometimes we need to take a break and simply rest in God’s Word.
We need to sit at Jesus’ feet and find comfort and peace in Him. We need to leave our brokenness, our exhaustion, and our pain there at His feet and take with us His strength, His will, and His healing.
We were never meant to do this on our own. We are meant to be dependent on God as we face these battles, remembering that the enemy of our souls has already been defeated (Colossians 1:13-14). We can’t be who God wants us to be on our own, so we must seek Him (John 15:4-6).
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So for all of you amazing wives and moms who are fighting for your families every single day:
Take a moment, breathe in these verses, and find renewal in God’s perfect Word. There will be plenty of time for improvement afterwards but, for now, find rest in our Lord with these 16 Bible verses:
John 16:33: “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.”
Romans 8:37-39: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities nor powers, neither things present nor things to come, neither height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4: “Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
Matthew 28:20: “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Isaiah 40:31: “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 43:2: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Psalm 139:11-12: “If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.”
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
Psalm 30:5 “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
Matthew 11:28: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Psalm 147:3: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Hebrews 4:14-16: “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Romans 8:26-28: “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who know all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Exodus 14:14: “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”