When you look at this picture to the left, does it make you want to throw up? Does it resemble your life? I am that woman - minus one thing. Instead of a perfectly tailored suit and hair just right, I am holding on to the Zebra for dear life, as all that I am trying to juggle is surrounding me. I am constantly comparing myself to that person who is balancing life and has it all together. My thoughts often resort to the phrase at the top.
You aren’t good enough.
How many times have you thought those words as a mom? You aren’t good enough.
After a long day at work with demanding clients and bosses, do you lack patience with your child that has more energy in their pinky than you can muster up in your entire being? What about the teenager that just rolled their eyes at you for ump-teenth time? Then there is getting dinner on the table, the never-ending pile of laundry and the lego you just stepped on left behind by your toddler.
Y’all I have been there - Who am I kidding, I AM there - EVERY DAY it seems.
I feel like I have so many balls in the air that I can never keep them up. I feel like if I do really well at one thing, it will only sacrifice performane in some other area of my life.
It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I uttered the words “I’m just not good enough,” and almost audibly heard, “You’re right Em, you aren’t... but I am.” God has given me the opportunity to share words of encouragement to those going through trials - He is made perfect in our weakness. Why haven’t I adopted this truth in my own life?
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
In this passage, a man who made one of the biggest impacts for Christ reflected on the ask that God take away his thorn in the flesh. It says he had asked repeatedly. But God gave Him a brand new revelation, with a promise. His grace is sufficient. It is in our struggle that His strength and power is made known.
I do not have it all together. But I serve the One that does. It is my hope that through my vulnerability I can lead others to this grace and perfect strength. So momma, get it! Remember, you’ve got this because God has YOU!