Thursday, March 01, 2012

Encouragement for Tired Moms

I've been really tired lately.  It could be the change in weather and increase in pollen.  It could be the stress of stretching our budget.  It could also be the fact that some days my kids will only answer me in riddles, rhymes, and funny noises.

Me:  Where are your shoes?
#1 Son:  Did you sing the blues?
#2 Son: Ka-boing!!

I have given birth to the Marx brothers.

Anyway,  in the middle of a notebook filled with 3-year-old committee meeting notes and scribbles for a writing project I found a page titled, "Encouragement for Tired Moms."  Based on the margin notes these were verses my Facebook friends sent me when I needed some encouragement a couple of years ago. 

They're still good today. In fact, they're timeless.  Here are the verses that really gave me a boost. I'll share them with you.

In the day of my trouble I will call on you, for you will answer me.  (Psalm 86:7 NIV)

I will lift up my eyes to the hills-- From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. (Psalm 121:1-3 NKJV)

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.  (Jer. 31:25 NIV) Thanks, Cat 

He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isa. 40:29-31 NLT)

Pile your troubles on God's shoulders - he'll carry your load, he'll help you out. He'll never let good people topple into ruin. (Psalm 55:22 The Message)

Shalom, y'all.