Be Still

I’m a mother of 6 children.  I love them all so much.  I was a stay at home mom, and enjoyed being a mom, with all the ups and downs, scares and joys. It was the best part of my life.  Today they are all grown and on their own, but with the passing of time, two things have never changed.  1) I love them  today as much as I did the first time I held them in my arms.  2)  I still want to fix all of their ‘owies’.  The first one comes naturally. The 2nd, God is teaching me that “I can’t”.

As each one of my children reached adulthood, the hurts they face became bigger than a scraped knee or a bloody nose.  They have problems that not only bring them heartache, fear, or both, but they bring to me the question, “What can I do?”  “How can I help?  They are dealing with something I can’t kiss and make better like the cut on their finger when they were young.  I tell myself,  “I can’t sit still and just do nothing.”  Then I devise a way that might help, such as write a letter that I think someone needs to read, or come up with a idea that could make things easier, and even try to talk them into doing what ‘I think’ they need to do to make things right again.  Until one day, I wrote that letter, believing it would open the eyes of the reader and they would do what I needed them to do.  But, as you may have guessed, it just backfired and did not help the situation at all.  I told myself, “Well, at least I tried”, and then began to think of something else I could maybe do.   At that moment this ‘small still voice’ inside of me  seemed to say, (and pretty loudly at that, lol)  “Stop.  I am God.  You are not.  Sometimes child, you just need to be quiet, and not say anything, not do anything, but instead, just trust Me.  I’ve got this.  I can take care of it.  All you really need to do is, give it to me.  Don’t hold onto it;  let me have it. And. Just. BE. STILL.”  Psalm 46:10  “Be still, and know that I am God! 

I guess that’s when it finally sunk in.  I can always love them, but I can’t always help them.  Yet, I can do one better.  I can take my concerns and their problems to the one who CAN do something and loves them even more than their mother.  Their Creator.  God has a plan for each of our lives.  And in our lives, we have sorrow, heartache and pain.  But God has taught and continues to teach me that even though I do worry and do feel helpless at times,  He is the only one who can bestow upon us His grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love we cannot even begin to grasp.  He will bring goodness out of evil,  laughter out of crying, joy out of sorrow and life out of death.  If we will only lay all of the pain and fear at the foot of the cross, and rest in His embrace, all things will work together for good, if we will only Be Still, and follow His lead.  Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

I will always want my kids to have a great life.  I want them to be healthy and happy.  I want them to be able to pay their bills and still have what they ‘want’.  But I have learned that I cannot and more importantly, should not always try to fix something I can’t and was never meant to fix.  But I can pray for them.  I can talk to the One who loves them more than I do, who has a plan for their good and who has always been faithful in all aspects of life.  Who am I to think that I can do any better than my Heavenly Father?  Oh, I’ve so much more to learn!  But thank you, God, that by your sweet grace, I am learning to ‘be still’ knowing you are in control, and you have goodness in store for those who love you.  Ephesians 3:20   Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,

Yeah….He’s got this.

About myjourneywithjesus2017

Hello! My name is Sheree, and this is just a little about myself.  I am a mom, grandma, sister, aunt, daughter, sister-in-law and wife.  I enjoy baking and am presently baking at a family restaurant in my hometown of about 11,000.  I enjoy the computer, writing, love animals, good coffee and have a sweet tooth that never dies!  I also am a homebody, and enjoy spending time with my family.  I have 6 children of my own, 3 step children, and  14 grandchildren. I am married to Joe, (my second marriage) and we both enjoy being outdoors on nice days.  He enjoys the woods, while I enjoy my small deck with a shade tree. Every once in a while one of the kids or grandkids will stop by to brighten my day.  My husband and I both are Green Bay Packer fans, and attend an awesome church with an awesome Senior Pastor and staff. I am interested in Bible Prophecy and love Christian music, my favorite band being Casting Crowns, though there are so many great songs out there, I could never name them all.  Music connects me to God in such a personal way, mostly because they express what my heart has felt so many times. Lastly, I’m not rich, beautiful or famous and those have never been my goals, but I have a heart for God, and I have so many instances where He has moved and worked in my life.  Some of those times, I hope to share with you.  I know Jesus lives, and I know I will go to heaven when I am called ‘home’.  I also know without a doubt that He loves you more than anyone else.  You were on His mind as He hung on the cross, because you were the reason He was there.  I am the reason He was there, and so is every person on earth the reason He was there.  I want people to know there is hope.  There is always hope.  The only time when hope is gone, is if  you ever find yourself totally separated from God, after your death.  I pray that never happens and you can be sure it doesn’t.  Your soul will be saved if you say the sinners prayer, and you mean every word.  If you are looking for love, forgiveness, peace and eternal life, you need to look no further than the cross on which Jesus died for you.  He was raised on  the 3rd day and He has an awesome future in store for all those who believe.  Don’t wait until it’s too late. Sinners prayer-  “Dear Lord, I come to you in repentance of my sin.  I believe you died for me, rose again and you live today.  Please cleanse my heart and help me to live for you.  Thank you for forgiving me.  I surrender my life to you, and receive you as my personal Lord and Savior.  Amen.”
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