Motherhood Is a Battlefield

There are seasons in every mom’s journey through motherhood that are filled with frustration, tears, and those weary days that threaten to crush our spirits.

Sometimes it’s a child’s behavior and we struggle to manage our out-of-control offspring.

Sometimes it’s learning a child is struggling in school and wondering about the future.

Sometimes it’s the day to day grind that has us worn out and in need of change.

Whatever your struggle, whatever your heartache, you’re not alone.

I’m there with you, friend, in the trenches of motherhood, and know the road you are walking.

While our journeys may be different, the ache of our heart is the same.

We are weary to the core and in need of refuge from the struggles and the strife.

But on our path of child-rearing, we weren’t left to find the way by ourselves.

God provided His Word as the ultimate parenting book and hasn’t deserted the weary mom or left her fumbling on her own to figure things out.

On those days or in those seasons when your mom heart is troubled and you’re longing for rest, there’s a dash of hope and a ray of sunshine in the darkness; Jesus.

He reminds us in His Word what we as moms are up against.

We think we battle child disobedience and tantrums, yet we battle so much more.

Remember, we’re at war

I’ve never thought of parenting as a battle until recently, when I read Ephesians 6: 12-18.

I was reminded how we are in a spiritual fight against evil, even in our favorite place, the home.

The evil one wants nothing more than to tear apart our family.

He greedily wants their little hearts and minds to succomb to the sin he taunts them with and makes that sin look so desireable.

He wants them disobedient and to cause conflict in the home, dividing families and hearts from the unity of Christ.

He doesn’t want us to minister to our children and lavish them with grace.

He doesn’t want us moms to find hope in the Lord on those hard days.

He wants us to live defeated, so we’re unable to and feel unqualified to point our children to Jesus.

He wants to use the sin nature of our children to test us, and wear us down.

Moms, when we live defeated on those weary days, we are giving the evil one victory in our lives and in our homes.

So, get up each day, hit your knees, and recognize that the precious members of your family are all at war.

Then put on the armor of God, ready to battle the evil one for your family, knowing that the Lord has provided eternal victory over the devil’s schemes once and for all.

Be strong in the Lord

When I’m weary and run down, it’s an instinct to curl up and retreat.

I long for rest for my tired soul and for peace in my troubled heart.

Yet God calls me to stand upon His promises of strength and to get up to fight another battle.

It’s through Him alone, I can face the disobedient child.

It’s through His strength I can show grace, instead of anger.

It’s through His strength I can speak words of kindness instead of the angry tones that rage within me.

It’s through His strength that I find the ability to keep going in those difficult times and radiate His joy to my family.

And God’s strength will never let you down or forsake you.

Believe that God is still at work

Despite the workings of the evil one, God has not abandoned His children!

He is working in the hearts and lives of our children, {and us, too!}.

He is listening to the cry of your mother’s heart.

He is working in ways we can not see, and no matter the situation, God still walks by your child’s side every day!

He knows your child’s thoughts. He formed your child before birth.

And He is still at work in their lives.

In the times my mom heart aches the most, it’s a comfort to know that God is molding and refining my children.

Don’t ever stop praying for God to grab a hold of the lives of your children and change their stubborn hearts.

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

When I lay my burdens at the foot of the cross, I find that God restores my soul, and that the tension and negativity, melts away.

What’s left is a feeling of peace, as my heart gravitates towards God’s Truth and in that Truth, is where us weary moms can all find the one thing we crave, rest.

Moms, when your heart is weary, how do you renew your spirit?  

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Sarah Ann
Hello, new friends! I'm Sarah Ann, author at Faith Along the Way and lover of deep conversations and authentic friendships. I'm a perfectly imperfect wife and mom, but am saved by grace. With a child on the Autism Spectrum and a toddler, there's never a dull moment in my house! Bargain hunting, promoting health and Young Living Essential Oils are my favorites. I'd be honored if you visited my home on the web, Faith Along the Way where I inspire hope, encourage faith, and celebrate families. And I'd love it even more if you followed me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Google +.