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May 13, 2016

Who am I trying to please?

May 13, 2016

When God is Enough

May 13, 2016

 

To the Weary Mama

I know life is hard right now. I know you’re tired; that it has literally been months, or even years, since a full night’s sleep has been a regular thing. The bags under your eyes are as fixed and the stretch marks on your stomach. I know.

I know you constantly feel the tension between the exhaustion, frustration, failure and the elation, joy, and beauty of your work. I know that motherhood is messy, and painful, and heart-wrenching. But that it is also exquisite and joyful. I know that sometimes you want to give up, sometimes the effort it takes to keep moving forward is monumental. Sometimes it’s rough and you don’t feel like you can do it.

You think you’re not enough. I know. I want you to know that I see you. But more than me, God sees you. He sees you, he loves you, and he is enough.

 

To the Lonely Soul

I know you are hurting. I know the days are long and the nights are longer. That you wait, and hope, and dare to dream, but you also fear, and worry. I know your tears fall when no one if looking and that it often feels like no one is. I know you want a friend, or a confidant, or a love; you’ve been waiting so long though, and nothing seems to be changing.

You try to trust, to enjoy this time and this season as people have said you should, but it’s hard. Too hard. Sometimes you don’t think anything will change, you’re ready to give up, to settle. I know you wonder if there is something wrong with you.

You think you’re not enough. I know. I want you to know that I see you. But more than me, God sees you. He sees you, he loves you, and he is enough.

 

To the Wounded Heart

I know that things are painful right now. That all seems dark, and scary, and unending. I know that you feel every ounce of the rejection, the accusations, the bitterness, and shame. I know you feel alone. And it hurts; you’ve been wronged, they were wrong, and now your heart is broken. I know you lie awake at night and question everything, wondering if it was your fault or if somehow you did something wrong.

Sometimes, you think you see the sun peaking through the darkness that surrounds you, but then it’s gone and you’re by yourself again. Or maybe it stays for a while, you can feel the briefest moments of reprieve and healing, but then the questions come back and with them the fear. You wonder if you can possibly pull yourself out of this pit, if you’ll ever be yourself again.

You think that you’re not enough. I know. I want you to know that I see you. But more than me, God sees you. He sees you, he loves you, and he is enough.

He is Enough

Dear Friend, he is enough. When everything around you is spinning out of control, he is enough. When you’re lost and broken, he is enough. When you’re tired and scared, he is enough. He is enough to strengthen you when you are exhausted, he will sustain you when you have nothing left, and he will love you when no one else does. He is enough to meet all of your needs and fill all of your desires. He is enough!

And saying that is not trite. I’m not being pithy or just spouting off religious jargon. This is the truth; presented in scripture, spoken by God himself, and proven time and time again. I think we often hear things like this and write it off because it’s too simple or too overused. We’ve heard well-meaning but lazy Christians say it as an easy out, a way to avoid honest conversation. We’ve been burned before. But please know that just because someone misused a saying in the past, doesn’t make it untrue.

You can rest because God is enough and his strength is made perfect in your weakness. You don’t have to be enough anymore because he will be enough in your place.

Knowing God is enough does not mean you shouldn’t get help or seek to get out of a dangerous situation. God uses counseling and trusted friends and doctors to bring about healing. What it does mean is that you don’t have to hide. You don’t have to hide from your pain and sorrow, from the exhaustion and monotony, or from the hurt of unmet desires. You don’t need to hide behind glossed smiles and manicured nails. You don’t need to escape through movies and books. You don’t need wine to get you through. You need Christ, and you already have him.

Dear friend, you don’t have to hide from your pain because God is facing it for you. It’s ok that you you struggle and have weakness, we serve a God who shines in our weakness! It’s ok that you’re not enough, non of us are, but he is. I know it’s hard, but please trust me when I say that God is enough.

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.

2 Corinthians 12:9

 

This blog was featured over at Lori Shumaker’s blog, check it out here!

 

11 comments

  1. I just love how you divided this beautiful message and personalized it for different people. I definitely fall into the weary mama category, and I appreciate our words of encouragement. I’m happy to connect with your blog, it seems that you and I share a similar passion for the beautifully freeing truth of God’s Word (and GRACE upon GRACE). Praying God’s blessings on your ministry and your life. If there is ever anything I can do to support you, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! I agree, I think we do share a similar passion for God’s word and his grace. I’ve enjoyed following you on Twitter. I feel the same way; let me know if there is ever anything I can do to support your ministry!

  2. Elizabeth,
    A beautiful post filled with truth and HOPE! He is enough. Even when it feels deep and dark and unmanageable. Thank you so much for sharing this hope alongside me at Moments of Hope! This is the hope I prayed God would bring each week! I look forward to getting to know you better!!!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

  3. Thank you so much, Lori! I’m looking forward to getting to know you better to; I LOVE your desire to bring hope to women’s lives!!

  4. Beautiful message Elizabeth. Many times I tell my health coaching clients that they are enough. They doubt themselves and feel like failures, but I think I will start encouraging them to think of God is Enough. Because He is and when you trust that, life changes. #MomentsofHope

    1. I so understand feeling like a failure! Praying your clients feel God’s grace and his sufficiency. Prayers for you too as you guide them!

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