BE STRONG STAY STRONG - PART 1
I will never forget the day I became a mother for the first time. Talk about a wakeup call, and more than an alarm or crying baby! It was a life wake up for me. I had prayed for twins since I was sixteen years old and when I found out I was pregnant with twins, ten years later, I was ecstatic! I cannot possibly describe in words how blessed I felt and how blessed I knew I was. Twins … Twin boys … Then my reality set in.
I knew it wasn’t an option for me to cave in or buckle beneath the responsibility of bringing two humans into this world. I knew I had to BE STRONG and STAY STRONG.
My life back then was very different to my life now. It was by no means easy and that season was full of concern for our future. I knew that in the midst of all the unknowns that God had graced me to be a mother, and to the best of my ability, I did all I could to raise my sons well.
Fast forward to 2018. My twin sons are now twenty-three years old. I have since had two other kids; a daughter who has just turned twenty, and another daughter [the surprise of our life!] who is ten. I had three kids under four, then ten years later, had one more.
My life as a mum has always been full. Full of adventure, fun, mess, laughter, noise, scraped knees, sad tears, happy memories and all because God decided to entrust me to bring these munchkins into the world.
Author William MacNeile Dixon once said, “Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.”
Being a parents requires us to BE STRONG and STAY STRONG.
· Physically STRONG
· Emotionally STRONG
· Spiritually STRONG
· Financially STRONG
· Relationally STRONG
It’s easy to BE STRONG and STAY STRONG, when everything is going great. Our greatest challenge is to BE STRONG and STAY STRONG, when life isn’t going great. Often times, it isn’t ONE thing, it’s sometimes a multiplicity of things.
· Relational challenges
· Financial challenges
· Health challenges
As a Mum, when your kids have challenges, YOU have challenges [as if you didn’t have enough problems of your own]! When people you love are going through tough times, empathy usually ensures a degree of shared burden. There are some loads we are built to carry and some that we are not. God encourages us in His Word to cast our cares upon Him, because He cares for us. We can help share the load with family and friends, when we know that God can take all of these cares upon Him.
When I think about carrying a heavy load, it’s not long before I picture myself in a shopping mall during sale time. In fact, in my early twenties, I literally flew from Australia to the US to shop because of the incredible sales opportunities. I do remember having so many bags [and recalling how much I saved, rather than being concerned with how much I spent], that I couldn’t carry them any longer. When someone came along and offered to help me carry the load, I was very grateful. Obviously this is not the same as carrying a burden for a loved one, but the same principle applies. We can grow weary under the weight of carrying and when someone comes to relieve us of that burden, it puts a smile back on our dial.
Let’s practice handing over life’s burden’s this week, to the One who is well-able to carry them.