Does anyone ever just feel stuck in this place where it’s literally one thing right after the next? It’s like you’re moving from one struggle to the next? Whether you’re a mom or not, life is full of struggles. Oftentimes, we don’t know why we’re given the struggles we’ve been given as they come about in our lives, but in the end, it always makes sense. It’s all just part of our journey in life, in our faith, in motherhood…etc. But, knowing this doesn’t always make those struggles easier.
This week when I was reading my devotional — 52 Weeks in the Word — they talked about turning our worries and struggles into a platform, which really resonated with me as I looked back on all the things that have been bothering me over the last several weeks. When God gives us struggles in life, he’s not wanting us to sit there and sulk about them. They’re put in our lives to nudge us to do something, stop doing something, change directions, share something, pursue a dream…etc. It can be hard to figure out what exactly we’re supposed to do, but it’s when we start to adopt a God-like mentality — unselfish, non-self serving, putting others first, being kind and loving to all — that it all begins to be make sense.
You see, when we start to adopt this God-like mindset, we get out of our own heads. We stop feeling sorry for ourselves. We stop feeling defeated, sad, alone. We stop thinking about how the struggles are affecting us and start thinking about how we can use our struggles to help others. And isn’t that what God intended for our lives in the first place? To be more “outward focused” and less “inward focused”… To think of others before ourselves…
Did it just click for you like it did for me earlier this week? When I looked at all the things I had been struggling with other the last 2-3 weeks and thought about how I could use them to help or serve others, I my “ah-ha” moment! I was missing the mark on what I was being called to do. For some perspective, here’s a look at some things I am currently struggling with and how I was able to flip each of my struggles into a “platform” to help others:
- Feeling isolated as a stay at home mom – Rather than feeling sorry for myself, what if I worked to flip the script for others judging mothers for feeling this way? It’s important to talk about the things we struggle with as mothers, so we don’t feel alone or ashamed for having these feelings. My plan moving forward is to find a way to work this into the content I share each week on social media by sharing my thoughts and feelings, and what I’m doing to give myself the breaks I need and deserve.
- Comparing myself to others – If I start to get down on myself because I feel like I’m not doing enough, I need to turn that negative energy into positive energy. When comparing myself to other mothers, leaves me feeling “less than,” this is another way for me to help mothers who find themselves in the same trap.
- Overcome with worry, anxiety and stress – This is a sign to grow in my faith. Pray more. Focus on realizing what I can and can’t control. Come up with better ways to manage my stress. And then, sharing all of the things I am doing in hopes of helping someone who finds themselves in the same position.
**I actually shared a TikTok on last week as well, which you can listen to by clicking here.
What you can do this week: When you find yourself stuck or struggling, think about how you can flip the script. It’s the devil who wants you to wallow in self pity, whine, cry and feel sorry for yourself. He is the one who wants to see you sad. He is the one who wants you to question God’s motives. He’s trying to turn you against God. Ignore his voice. Instead listen to the encouraging voice telling you to keep going. Listen the voice that’s helping you find a way, and think about how you can use your struggles as a platform to help others and grow in your faith.
Verses to Remember This Week…
Romans 5:3: “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance”
romans 8:18: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
1 Peter 5:10: “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
Psalm 119:71: “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.”
1 Peter 4:19: “Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.”
romans 8:28: “and we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
**If you need more, check inspo on why God calls us to suffer, click here for Open Bible’s Why Does God Allow Suffering?
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