Today I’m joining the Overcome The Lie Blog Tour. They seek “to empower a generation of women to overcome the lie because Jesus overcame the grave.” I was humbled and honored that they asked me to join them. How could I not? As women, there are times when we are more vulnerable to believe the lies of Satan and we are left in bondage. But in Christ we find freedom (John 8:31-32).
Lies I Believe
1. You are alone.
2. You have to look a certain way.
3. Your house must be picture perfect all the time or you’ve failed as a wife/homemaker.
4. You’ll never be enough.
The Truth to Battle These Lies
These lies are just that, lies. They are not truth. Satan knows our weaknesses and he knows how to push our buttons and whisper these lies in our ears at just the time when we are vulnerable and will believe them. Dear friends, we have to stop him in his tracks. The Word of God is a double edged sword (Hebrews 4:12-13), it is God-breathed, useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We need to fight back with Scripture.
1. You are not alone. Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” At the 2 am feedings with your newborn, you aren’t alone. When you’re at the end of your rope after a hard day and it’s all you can do to make it until bedtime, you aren’t alone. When it seems as though everyone but you is enjoying a much needed Mom Night Out or Date Night, you aren’t alone. While we know that God is with us, we were also made for community – to do life together. Step out of your comfort zone and connect with another mom who might be feeling the same way you are. Ask if anyone would like to do a childcare swap for Date Nights. You might be surprised, and you won’t feel quite so alone.
2. You do not have to look a certain way. God knit you together in your mother’s womb – you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-16). God chose you and predestined you before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4-5). How awesome is that?! And I love this reminder from 1 Samuel 16:7, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” It doesn’t matter what clothes you wear, if your hair is turning gray, or if you have a hole in your shoe. God doesn’t look at those things. He looks at your heart.
3. Your house doesn’t have to be picture perfect all the time or you’ve failed as a wife/homemaker. For everything there is a season (Ecclesiastes 3:1). At one time, I had a clean house. Everything had a place and everything was in it’s place. Then we had kids. That totally rocked my world. Now I had to balance cleaning with caring for this baby, and new mom tiredness. God blessed us with more babies, and now it’s all I can do to keep my house manageable while trying to balance it all. Some days are better than others. I’ve learned that I need to give myself grace during this season of littles. One day I can have a spotless house again. But until then, I will enjoy the smudge marks left by little hands, and the sticky floors because that just means people live here. Little people who are a blessing and not a curse or something to be frowned upon. And you know what, it doesn’t bother me when I go to someone’s house and their house isn’t clean. So why is it that I cringe at the thought of someone stopping by unannounced to visit with us? Let’s pull back the curtain and do life together.
4. You are enough. God loves you so much that He sent Jesus, his Son, to die for you (John 3:16). Do you love someone enough to give your child for them? I don’t know that I could. That is LOVE. God loves you for who you are right now. Not what you will be, or what you want to be. You, right now. In your messy brokenness, God loves you.
Now you know just how messy and broken I am. We have to fight against these lies daily, dear friends. Satan wants nothing more than to seek us out and destroy us. It is only through Christ that we have life, and not just life on earth, but eternal life.