Hope for the Weary Mom
It is such a privilege to have Brittany Brazzell as a guest on the blog today! She and her family are missionaries on deputation heading to the country of Australia. I believe that the topic God has laid on her heart will be the encouragement some mother needs. It was to me! You can follow her family and ministry on her blog at https://nohighercalling.wordpress.com .
II Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Dear Mama, are you weary?
Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines weary as having your patience or strength exhausted, fatigued, tiresome, or having the mind yield to discouragement.
Does any of that resonate with your heart? We live in strange times. Daily the world continues to wax worse and worse. I knew I would be raising my children in a wicked, sin-cursed world, but I had no idea how much the world would change for the worse in 2020. Moms are facing tough decisions. Where should I give birth? Will my support team be able to be with me? Should I home educate my children? Will they get the education they need to make it in the world? How will my children develop socially now that they aren’t getting the interaction they were once used to? What measures should I take to keep my family safe and healthy? What is fact, and who should I believe?
Is there hope to be found? Yes! Romans 15:13 says, “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Our God is the God of hope. Hope is a part of His nature. No circumstance in this world can catch God by surprise, and His character is always steadfast. We can trust that He is hope for every generation, in every trial!
The Bible says that the God of hope will fill us with all joy and peace. I don’t know about you, but I desperately need joy and peace that comes from Christ! Scripture takes it a step farther when it says that we can abound in hope. Abound has the idea of possessing in great plenty or copiously supplied. Fellow mama, our hearts do not have to be given to fear, worry and anxiety. Christ has made a way for us to abound in hope!
The past few months have been a time of much personal growth for me. I don’t know if it’s been because I was forced to slow down and take inventory of what really mattered, or because I have been in a season of seeking the Lord in different areas. Maybe it’s a combination of both! But my heart has been so encouraged, and in some ways, I almost feel like a new person. Are you needing a fresh gust of life breathed into you? Are you tired of being weary? Would you like to walk through these dark days with the joy, peace, and abundant hope that Christ provides for us? Might I suggest a few ways that have helped me look beyond this world and my weary self, and gain a heavenly perspective as I’ve leaned on my Saviour. . .
*Immerse yourself in God’s Word
I’ve spent the past few months doing a study on the character of God. I’ve done this several times in the past 10 years, and it is such a blessing to me every single time. Focusing on God and who He is shifts my perspective from the temporal to the eternal. It also reminds me that God has a plan for the ages. In His wisdom and providence, He uses every life to play a part in His unfolding drama of redemption. Knowing this reminds me that everything I face in life has come from the hand of my loving Father, and everything He chooses for me is always for my good and for His glory.
*Commune with God daily
I have three children 3 and under with my newest being 8 weeks old. We are on deputation headed to the mission field. I say that to say that when quarantine hit, it meant that me, my husband, and all our littles are home together 24/7. I am not complaining about that one bit! We love being together! It just doesn’t create the best atmosphere for prayer time. So, I began taking a daily “prayer walk.” I go out for 30 minutes and use that time to pray. I don’t have the words to say how much that has grown me and strengthened my prayer life. I look forward to my daily talks with the Lord! I miss it if for some reason I don’t get the opportunity to go out one day. I’ve found that it also helps set a tone for the day. I find myself communing with God more throughout my day, responding better to my husband and children, and surrendering the day’s events, challenges and problems to the Lord.
*Be filled with gratitude
We have SO much to be thankful for- even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic! As I’ve been studying God’s attributes, it has bubbled over into praising Him and thanking Him for His goodness. I begin my prayer walk by meditating and thanking God for the aspect of His character that I am currently studying. As I’ve done this, it’s as though the world has come alive. While praising God for being a God of beauty, I see the creation He’s surrounded me with. You might laugh, but it seems that the grass has gotten greener, the flowers more sweet, and the bird’s song more melodious. I find the wonder and gratitude bubbling over as I share with my children about the bird I saw on my walk. It then leads to a conversation about the passage in Scripture where God promises to take care of the sparrow. If He cares for the sparrow, will He not also care for us? Those conversations have strengthened my soul.
*Surround yourself with spiritual mentors that will encourage you along the journey
God has blessed me with some wonderful mentors, but social distancing has kept us from fellow-shipping like we once were. Just like we all have done in so many areas, I got creative. I discovered “virtual mentors.” There are several godly ladies who have ministries, books and podcasts that, along with Scripture, have challenged and encouraged me. These women have allowed God to use them to speak truth to many. Their wisdom and Biblical insight have opened new pathways of thought in my mind and heart.
I am not the person I was several months ago, and I hope I can say the same thing six months from now. The Christian life is the unending pursuit of Jesus Christ. Therefore, I should be growing, changing and becoming more like Him every moment of every day. I ask you once more, are you weary? Turn your eyes upon Jesus!
Oh soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior
And life more abundant and free
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace
I pray this article will encourage your heart.
While most everyone knows me as Brettnay Brazzell, there are a few other titles I hold that are very special to me. Most precious is that I'm a daughter of the King of Kings. I'm so thankful that I came to know Christ as a young girl. He has forever changed my life and has set me on a path of pursuing Christ-likeness. I'm also sweetheart to Simeon. We were married in 2014, and we've been honeymooning ever since. God has blessed us with three beautiful children - Eden, Knox, and Ivy. It's the joy of my life to get to be their mama! God has called our family to be church planting missionaries to Parramatta, Australia. I have no higher calling than this path God has given me. It's my heart's desire to do my part in God's unfolding drama of redemption to bring Him the glory and honor due His name!
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