I have no idea what yesterday or last week held for you. I don’t know if you went through a life-altering event, a fun-filled week, or if it was mundane and like any other week. I do know that we can’t go back and change the past. Yesterday is done. But we can be present today and make changes that will impact the future.
I’ve heard people say that even going through hard times, looking back, they wouldn’t change it. They were stretched and grew through the struggle. Although you might not be there just yet, there is hope.
10 Things You Need to Know Today
1. You are not alone. It may feel like it, but it’s not true. Other people are going through the exact same thing. They just aren’t talking about it. Speak up. Take the first step. The first step is always the hardest.
2. You can do this. Remember? You aren’t alone. Paul reminds us in Philippians ,”I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:12-13). He wrote the book in prison. Even still, he had hope.
3. Today is a new day. His mercies are new every morning. Lamentations 3:21-23 reminds us, “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Can I get an amen?
4. You are beautiful. You, dear one, were created in the image of the Most High King. You are precious in His sight. Smile. Even if you don’t feel like it, do it. Laugh out loud. Be you. The person He created you to be.
5. You matter. Even the little things that go unnoticed by the rest of the world, are seen by God. He knows. He sees you. You are seen. He made you who you. Maybe you think the diaper changes, folding laundry, picking up the toys, putting the shoes away for the hundredth time all goes unnoticed. It doesn’t. He sees you. You aren’t alone. This community of mamas just like you, we are there. We see you.
6. You are worth it. You are more precious than rubies. Do not let others look down on you. Let’s stop finding our worth in the things of this world. It’s hard. It’s grueling. It’s so not worth it. God knit you together in your mother’s womb. You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-16), my friend. Remember that.
7. He has gone before you. Deuteronomy 31:8 tells us, “It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Don’t be afraid. He’s right there with you. He sees the big picture. He already knows what is going to happen. Just trust him and follow where He leads.
8. You are His. An heir. Chosen. A child of God. A royal priesthood. “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir” (Galatians 4:4-7). 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” How awesome is that?!
9. You are loved. Not for what you do or the things you say. You are loved because you are you. Not because you are perfect, because none of us are. God will meet you right where you are. But He won’t leave you there. He loves you too much for that. He desires to know your heart and loves you.
10. You can do hard things. Not in your own strength, but in His. He is our hope. Our joy. Our peace. Even when it feels like the whole world is against us, that everything we touch is falling apart, He will carry us through.
Life is hard. Every day is filled with mundane tasks that can seem worthless. Tragic events take place that leave us gasping for air and not sure what to do next. Situations occur that hurt so deep that we build walls and don’t ever let anyone in again.
Let us in. Please let us walk with you. Surround you with our prayers. Be the hands and feet that we are meant to be. We can’t help if we don’t know. Grab your phone or a pen and paper. You matter. You aren’t alone. We see you. Find a trusted friend and talk about what is going on. You may be surprised to find that she’s right there too.