When You Don’t Feel Strong Enough To Parent
When our daughter first came out, additional circumstances made it extremely trying.
Some days I was so weary, that all I could do was lay my body down and put my hand palm-side up by my waist, trusting Jesus was holding it. I’d wait for a bit…just allow Him to hold me. That physical act helped me gather enough strength to get through the day. I didn’t get up from the bed emotion-free, but I could do my daily work without falling apart.
This verse helped me:
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
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 40:29-31, NIV)
The interesting thing about the word “hope” in this verse is it means to actively look for or to be like a hunter that waits on the side of a field for his prey to come out.
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
There’s a preparation of the mind and body: an awareness of your surroundings and an expectation that something good will happen soon.
The NASB version of this scripture uses the word “wait” instead of “hope”. As we actively look (and wait) for God to work all things together for good in our family and us, He will renew our strength. Often it comes in quiet, step-by-step ways, but strength comes.
The act of gathering our thoughts into hope, and waiting to see His goodness, equates to trust. And trust brings power and strength because He delivers on His promises.
He gives us exactly what we need to make it through each day. There are many families going through what we are, and God hasn’t left any of us. In fact, we are learning to thrive.
He tenderly and affectionately cares for you.
Take hope in that today and allow it to renew your strength.