Happy Memorial Day!
What a beautiful, yet somber day, to honor those heroes of our nation who lost their lives in service to our country. I hope you will join me in taking a few minutes to thank God for the millions of selfless men and women who stood up for freedom and gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Memorial Day has another, less significant, meaning. It’s the unofficial start of summer, and that means lots of moms and kids will be readjusting their schedules and finding a new normal for a few months.
As a work-at-home mom of five, I both loved and struggled with summer. I loved the lazy mornings, the late nights together, and the chance for my kids to relax from the school-year demands. But I also found it hard to get my normal work done. Their relaxation actually increased my stress as I worked at odd hours to do my job.
Hence the tension that needed to be managed.
As a mom, the best way for me to manage these kinds of pressures has always been to connect with other moms. Whatever problem or question I’ve ever had has been processed best with someone else. And while my husband is a great dad, he’s not a mom. And moms have unique needs.
That’s why I was so excited to see my friends Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk, of the Better Mom, are hosting a Facebook community for moms this summer called: 100 Days of Pressing Pause beginning TODAY!! It’s based on their great devotional by the same name: Pressing Pause.
If you can find a few minutes a day to check in with Karen and Ruth, you’ll find encouragement, interaction, Facebook live sessions, giveaways and more. Click here for more:
You probably know my friend Karen, she and I have been friends for a long time, and even co-authored a book together called Everyday Confetti. Which would be a great book for summer too!
I asked Karen if I could share some of her writing with you, and she sent one of my favorite devotions from her. I hope you’ll have a few minutes to read this today, and share it with a mom you know who could use some encouragement.
Turning Worry into Worship
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” —Proverbs 31:25
I think I have the worry gene, and I’m sure I got it from my mother. She passed down to me her aqua- blue eyes, her slightly crooked smile, and her tendency to worry.
When I was a teenager, I thought it was strange that my mom couldn’t go to sleep until I got home. Then I got married, became a mom, and then years later, my children became teenagers. And guess what? Now I do what my mom did: sit on the couch appearing to watch television while my mind rehearses the quickest route to the hospital.
We moms can find endless reasons to worry. Kids. Marriage. Finances. Health. Relationships. The future. If we let our thoughts run wild, we can concoct all sorts of terrible scenarios, all starting with “what if.”
What if my husband gets laid off? What if my aging parent needs to live with us or move into a nursing home? What if my teen makes a bad choice? What if something is wrong with my baby’s development?
Over time I’ve noticed something about worry: 99 percent of my past fears never came to pass. However, I spent oodles of time fretting about them. How I wish I could redeem that time and do something productive instead! What if I had turned my worry into worship?
Contrast my attitude with the woman in Proverbs 31:25: “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” There’s no weariness in her thoughts and actions. She laughed at the days to come—not in a careless sort of way, but with a confidence that came from God. Because she wore strength and dignity due to her faith in God, she had a smile on her face and laughter in her heart when she considered the future. She trusted in God, whose faithfulness in the past assured her He would work out circumstances in the future.
God can use our tendency to worry to grow our faith. As we learn to turn our panic into fervent prayer and praise, trusting God’s plan and timing, our relationship with God will be strengthened. Each time we turn worry into worship, we will find it easier to laugh at the days to come, like our Proverbs 31 sister.
God knows our future as well as He knows us. Our act of trust is to seek to know Him more as we place our future in His hands.
Oh, and to laugh a little more often.
Dear Lord, help me turn my worry into worship, believing that You are in control of the future. May I rest in Your loving arms, knowing You have my best interests at heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
- What are your three greatest worries as a mom? List them.
- Take each of those three worries and pen a prayer to God instead.
If you’d like to join over 5,000 other moms this summer who are building community and learning to press pause each day to meet with Jesus, check out the Facebook page 100 Days of Pressing Pause by authors Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk. You’ll need a hard copy or e-book version of the book, however the first 10 days are there free as a PDF while you wait for your book to arrive.