Moms Desperate for God

“Don’t doubt in the dark,
what you know to be true in the light.” Anonymous

My friend Glynnis had three little boys within five years. She quickly felt overwhelmed by the role of molding the hearts and managing the behaviors of three very different children! After attending a parenting class her church offered, Glynnis felt hope when she heard stories from other parents. She wanted more classes and encouragement. Since there wasn’t anyone to lead a parenting ministry, Glynnis’ pastors asked her and her husband to help.

Although they didn’t feel qualified, they were willing try anything to get support, even revealing to others that they weren’t perfect parents. When they shared their problems with other parents, they received wise counsel and practical suggestions that really helped.

As Glynnis shared in her devotion on the P31 website today, God wants us to come to Him, just like the woman in Luke 8:44-48 who went to Jesus desperate for help despite what others thought.

Discouragement is one of the things that sends me into a tailspin of desperation as a mom. Like the woman in the passage of Luke who was completely depleted of her energy, her strength and her resources, I can get so wiped out that I start to feel hopeless. I just wish I could learn to start running and hanging onto Jesus before I get to that desperately discouraged place. I asked Glynnis if she ever struggles with discouragement. Here is what she had to share:

This is a challenge I’ve particularly faced being a mother. My time is not my own when even one of my five children are at home.Even when they are away, there is laundry, dishes and papers to read or fill out. I often wonder what I could accomplish if only _________.(you fill in the blank).

As I’ve navigated parenthood and working at home, I’ve had to deal with this issue of discouragement, and realize it’s not God’s plan for me.Despair is Satan’s plan for me. He has no hope and he wants Christians to join him in his pit of despair.

For me, it comes down to – who (or what) do I trust?God has challenged me to answer that question. When my faith is misplaced, discouragement and despair have a speedway to my heart.But when it’s placed appropriately in God, then I might have some blue moments over the daily frustrations of life, but they don’t keep me down.Here’s an excerpt from my book, “work@home” about dealing with this particular challenge:

A wise friend once told me “Don’t doubt in the dark, what you know to be true in the light.”

Remember the words in Jeremiah 29:11,“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’”

While despair is Satan’s plan for you, hope is God’s design for you.There is only one place true hope can be found and that is in God.

Hope comes in our relationship with Jesus and all our needs can be met completely and permanently.

Hope is what we hang onto when life doesn’t make sense and tragedy hits.

Hope is how we can agree with Paul and say “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Hope is how we endure when life is difficult.Paul, Silas and Timothy wrote to the church of the Thessalonians and said,“We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”(1 Thessalonians 1:3)

When you start to doubt your purpose, remember to look to God for the answers.Keep your eyes focused on Him, and He will direct your path.

In Christ’s Love,
Glynnis Whitwer
http://www.glynniswhitwer.com/

If you feel desperate, discouraged or in need of hope, please let me know how I can pray for you today. I want this “Month of Encouragement for Moms” on my blog to be a place where you can be real about where you are as a mom and find God’s hope through His Word and through the stories of other moms just like you!

Copyright 2009, Renee Swope – All rights reserved.

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Today’s Mom Give-Away

We’re giving a copy of Glynnis’ bookwork@homedesigned to help women transition from the traditional workplace to working at home. Practical in nature, it includes chapters on budgeting, starting a home based business or organizing your home office. Glynnis offers encouragement for moms at every stage of working at home!

We’re also giving away a year’s worth of Family Devotional Magazines from D6.

To be part of today’s give-aways, click on the words “comments” below this post. PLEASE include your email in your comment so we can get in touch if you win!

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Many moms today are feeling desperate, discouraged and alone in their struggles. The D6 Conference is a movement of Christian leaders rising up to encourage and equip today’s mom, and dad. Consider registering before the early bird deadline ends Feb 2nd!

Glynnis is doing a series for Work@Home women on her blog . For more encouragement as a mom, read You Are not Alone by clicking here, after leaving a comment to participate in today’s give-away. Be sure to leave your email, too.

Blessings,
About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.

Comments

  1. God Bless all of you Proverbs 31 women! These encouraging words everyday are so incredible to me! What a joy you are to reach so many women and families!
    My email address is: jeanene22@cox.net

  2. Thank you for reminding me that at those many moments of frustration and desperation that I should run straight to Jesus. He is the only one who can calm me and give me the fresh new perspective that I need to be the mom He wants me to be. Thanks again for the daily blessing this blog is to me!

    nikki.shoemaker@gmail.com

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words…
    Kelly in Bham
    lipford@charter.net

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love this inspiration every morning while drinking my coffee, as I go through my own struggles as a parent; your devotions are right on. My desire is to stay at home. My email for the prizes is reachmichellee@yahoo.com

  5. I am a mom of 3 teenagers, and work at home. Thank you for encouraging words. Being at home sometimes you feel no one understands how overwhelming it is and how demanding our job is. Sometimes you are pulled in so many directions you really do not know which way is up. But, I read, pray, and try to ready encouragement for today, look to the Heavenly Father and pray I am doing the right things for my family. Sorry this is so long, thanks for listening and writing your encouaring words.
    Gin

  6. Gin again here is my email bgrdb714@bellsouth.net

  7. I just read her devotion…don’t want to sound like a broken record, or scratched CD 🙂 but I just blogged ab out this last night! One more confirmation….
    thepadens@cox.net

  8. Your thoughts today remind me of what the devil does whisper in our thoughts…
    React to the yucky words your husband just said. Never mind that he is tired, and worked hard today.

    Over react to your child’s over reaction…

    Let that person’s rude remarks ruffle your feathers.

    Things can be taken personally, and it is sometimes hard for me to not react to these situations and more… But when I step back and don’t react, things are so much better in the long run. God is good and He will defend me better than I will ever be able to defend myself! Let go and Let God!

    Blessings

    Shannon
    smarklow@gmail.com

  9. I felt encouraged today. thank you.
    Kahala
    kahala.sparks@gmail.com

  10. Susan Stitch says:

    Please include me in the drawing. I’ve come home from the corporate world and I’m struggling to start my own business. Thanks for the encouragement. As the mom of five, I’m sure Glynnis and I have had some of the same struggles!

    likes_to_stamp@sbcglobal.net

  11. Anonymous says:

    I read the devotion everyday and have for a few years now. I share some of them with my daughter. Thank you for what you do. I think instead of the same three faces everyday on your devotions now it would be nice to see the facw of who wrote the article for the day.

  12. Anonymous says:

    WOW! What a quote!,”Don’t doubt in the dark, what you know to be true in the light.” I am posting this where I can see it all day.
    We have recently started going back to church this past year after as a family not being in church for a few years.It sometimes is discouraging because so many wordly things have crept in and as we as parents draw back to Our Almighty God and live out His Word again,our teens don’t want to always follow. Satan uses this too and wants us to belive the lies that come to mind. God is faithful and I need to not doubt!

    RSmith281@comcast.net

  13. Thank-You for the encouraging words.I also go through hard times as a parent…

  14. Anonymous says:

    Just had one of those discouraging moments this morning and I’m happy to say that the first place I came was here to read my morning devotion and spend some time with my Savior! Glad to say satan will be going to the pit alone this morning!!!

    Thank you for all the time you spend to benefit others for Christ!!

    slucas532@charter.net

  15. Anonymous says:

    I am a mom of an almost 12 year old daughter (who thinks she’s 17) and I work fulltime (about 48 hours each week) outside the home. In addition, I teach Sunday School and work with teenagers. Many time I feel overwhelmed, yet I kow God has led me to this place to serve Him and share my life as an encouragement to kids. Thank you for your “right on target” words of wisdom.
    Chris
    chris.sargent@mgh.net

  16. I would love to win a copy of Glynnis’ book. My younger daughter starts school next year and I have been feeling conflicted about going back to work. I would love to use my talents and skills, but I can’t imagine working 9 to 5 when my kids still go to bed at 7. I have been increasingly thinking about working at home.

    Thanks for the encouragement.

    Sherry
    storchinsky@sympatico.ca

  17. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the encouragement. The daily devotionals have really been hitting close to home lately and exactly what I need to hear each day.

    Kristy
    kasiddel@bellsouth.net

  18. Anonymous says:

    Wow! I began my day with my Proverbs 31 devotion and for the first time clicked on the link to this site. I read all the way back to Dec. 31. What wonderful words of hope at a time when I desperately need them.
    God is Good!
    Debra
    dgld@earthlink.net

  19. Thanks for the encouraging posts.
    kirstenjett@yahoo.com

  20. Wow, God never ceases to amaze me! Yesterday was a horrible day for me as a mom and for my 7 year old son. His behavior has been on a downward spiral since returning from winter break and yesterday I came to a point where I couldn’t take it anymore; I was literally so mad that I couldn’t even speak to him and I was shaking as I drove home. I simply didn’t know where to turn. I had been asking God for his help for 2 1/2 years now and nothing, no improvement, it had only gotten worse. Then we went to church and the newest Pastor on staff had a word just for me. He spoke about Jesus calming the storm and the disciples lack of faith; he even calls them “cowards” in the Message translation. I realized last night, like I have many times before and forgotten yet again, that storms will come and that doesn’t mean that God has left me (or that he is asleep in the boat). Anyways, I’m asking that you would pray with me that these issues will be overcome and that I will have the strength to trust that God is still there, even when I can’t see him.

    jennbpbc@hotmail.com

  21. Thank you so much for the encouragin words! I had this crazy idea that when I quit work to stay home and raise our children that our life would be calm, but with 2 small children that are not too many calm moments. I know that I have the most wonderful job in the world and like all other jobs…it is stressful. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Susan
    susanlanthrip@knology.net

  22. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much, your devotional really spoke to right where I’m at.
    jbkremer93@yahoo.com

  23. mama3boyz says:

    Thank you for your daily encouragement! I can completely relate…I also have had 3 boys within 5 years.
    Sarah
    sarahemig@comcast.net

  24. KimAmburn says:

    This is so helpful to me. I'm trying to introduce God into our daily routine but I feel like I'm talking and talking, but no one is listening. My kids are 5 & 7 and maybe I'm doing too much talking and not enough showing. I pray every morning for God to show me a way to share Him with them so that they can know Him. Thanks so much for this encouragement!

    Kim
    clmsntgers@charter.net

  25. Thank you so much for these devotions. They help me to start my day in the right mind set and help me think on things…..You are a blessing!

    jjonestj@hotmail.com

  26. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for today’s message of hope.I am blessed with four children, spread out from age thirteen to one. There are different challenges as I am required to switch gears and tackle many different problems and issues on their different levels.I desperately want and need God’s help right now, to be the mom he want’s me to be.It’s good to read here and know that I am not alone, sincerely, Angie. email address is bryant1964@yahoo.com

  27. Anonymous says:

    I have 3 boys of my own (10, 6, and 4) and have recently obtained custody of my 11 year old nephew. Besides his anger and resentment towards his mom, he hates me, he doesn’t believe in God, and is against everything our family does. I get so discouraged daily, it is very hard to find an even balance between all the boys, and I want to offer my nephew a chance at a stable home and family life. It’s comforting to know I am not alone. Thank you,
    Krystal in Virginia
    kklemsimpletaste@comcast.net

  28. Anonymous says:

    I would love to be entered into the drawing Miranda zynny@yahoo.com as a work at home mommy it is sometimes difficult to find people who relate to the struggles I have.

  29. mommafish says:

    Thank you for I am in despair!
    I am currently disciplining my almost 4 yr old boy while I have the almost 2 yr old daughter running around!! So I sort of know what she is going through.
    I feel desperate for help and am reading books, searching for answers and trying to glean information.

    csfisher99@att.net

  30. Anonymous says:

    HOPE…that is what your devotional has given me today. Yesterday was an awful day. Youngest daughter who is 5 is back to her behavioral issues at daycare. Hit 2 kids and kicked another. I just feel like such a ‘loser mom’ when daycare calls.

    Todays post helped me realize this is Satan trying to get me down and I need to turn this over to God.

    Feel it is often my busyness with working full time in a very stressful job (one I often question if I should continue in but need money to pay the bills) that causes her to act out since sometime I have little time for her at night. I pray that God can help us through this time and show my husband and I how best to deal with her.

    Blessings

    Kim
    chinarnrmom@comcast.net

  31. God is good always. He is always on time, never late, but right on time. As I started my day, early this morning, asking God to be my portion for the day, to help me make it through one more day, He responded with “Just Desperate Enough” in my inbox. On my way to dropping off my oldest boys @ school, I was comforted as I listened on the radio when they played Michael W. Smith’s version of the “This is the air I Breathe” song.
    Thank You for speaking God’s love into our lives. Everything around us is a reminder that “this is the air we breathe” and without Him we are so lost.
    Being a work from home mom of 3 boys, ages 7 and under, can be quite overwhelming at times. But God’s promises are true. His love is Everlasting and His loves endures forever…
    I AM Desperate for Him, who first loved me… Because without Him, I am so lost…

  32. Thank you for sharing! This is what I needed after our rough week.
    I would love Glynnis’ book as I am struggling to start an at home business!

    Blessings,
    Susan
    swattsrn@mchsi.com

  33. Thank you for the encouragement today. I am at a point in my life where I feel lost and disconnected in all areas of my life, husband, children, church, community etc. I feel alone, even though I know in my heart God is still here. My husband travels out of the country each month for a week sometimes more. we have 2 young children, one with a disability. Since I am the one who stays home I deal with so much. I feel beyond drained, like I’ve lost me. Your prayers would be greatly appreciated. thank you
    kbsarn@yahoo.com

  34. Life/work/motherhood (i’m new to it as a stepmom) can all be so overwhelming (no children to 3 all at once). I try to stay focused on God and look to him for strength/encouragment but of course it is never easy. Thanks for this wonderful give away and for providing support to us each day!

    Janet
    i_luv_lordcyan@yahoo.com

  35. Anonymous says:

    Your daily inspiration really helps me get through the day. Thank you.
    Sherry
    momtomandazak@netscape.net

  36. Exactly the words that I needed to hear. Its a daily battle not to let Satan get in the way of blessing my family. Thank you for reaching out to all mothers and women in all walks of life.

    Melody
    goodsonmelody@yahoo.com

  37. Anonymous says:

    I am new to the devotions, but it is now the first place I come in the morning when I get to work. It is refreshing to start the day with encouragement and hope, it seems to help keep the despair away during these tough times. Thank you so much!!
    splashtime0614@aol.com

  38. Thank you for sharing your gift!
    I also wonder if I should be working outside the home and helping out financialy. But I know I am right where GOd wants me to be, because home is where I’m needed most right now.
    I also thank God for putting my MOPS group in my path too. That Ministry has changed my life and brought me closer to my Heavenly Father.
    mrsbtx@comcast.net

  39. Camille Lancaster says:

    Thank you Glynnis – as a mom of 5 kids, too – this is exactly what I have been dealing with. I get frustrated when they simply ask for a glass of milk – because that’s the 400th thing I was asked to do that day! I grew up an only child and was accustomed to “my time”. God has certainly stretched me by giving me a big family. Thanks for your encouragement.

    (I really hope I win your book. I’d love to read it!)
    jclancaster@sbcglobal.net

  40. Anonymous says:

    i love this little devotions. i can do it on the computer and don;t have to worry about being interrupted.
    Tabitha McCoy
    travis-tabitha@hotmail.com

  41. Angela Goodwin says:

    Thank you for being there for me each morning as I start my day. I have 2 boys of my own, the oldest just turned 13. As I get one behavior figured out, they change. I always enjoy the encouragement I get from real women with real problems. Angela Goodwin angela.goodwin20@yahoo.com

  42. I would love to have this book!! Thanks for the encouragement today! I wrote down the quote ” Dont doubt in the dark, what you know to be true in the light.” I needed to here that!
    Tiffany
    tiffconder@gmail.com

  43. Mary Lynn says:

    I appreciate the encouraging thoughts- I often feel discouraged as a parent and woman. I can’t seem to get everything together. As I struggle to balance life as a SAHM of 2 preschoolers, wife and home manager,etc. I need to be reminded to keep my focus on God, listen for Him and to just keep going. ml4estsmom@yahoo.com

  44. Anonymous says:

    Hi Renee,

    I really do have a wonderful family – am much loved by my husband and have two wonderfully-behaved, loving and caring children.

    However, I have failed them miserably. Please pray for me and for them. I am raising two morbidly obese children and I don’t know how to help them. My husband, as wonderful as he his, denies that they have a problem. I just don’t know what to do. I want them to live a healthy and happy life. I just need direction.

    Thank you,
    lj75189@yahoo.com
    Dallas, Texas

  45. Anonymous says:

    I just came upon your website today. How wonderful! The encouraging words, shared Bible verses, the stories of other women going through the same daily ups and downs as myself. Thank you for giving of your time to help other women like myself. God bless you.
    spabeautymakeup@yahoo.com

  46. Thank you so much for your time and devotion to reaching out to others!

    In His Grace-
    Annette
    gettfed@gmail.com

  47. Anonymous says:

    Thank you! I always enjoy your posts, but God used you to speak directly to me today about being a discouraged mom. Our older son struggles with severe anxiety and has recently been diagnosed with Asperger's. I feel very alone most days because the world just doesn't understand him…especially the world of middle school! I often forget how Satan uses despair & fear to try and drive a wedge between God and me. Thank you for reminding me of that. I feel strengthened and ready to go back and face my day!

    🙂 Ruth Ann

  48. What wonderful words to hear this morning, as I am trying to do the right thing in mothering!

    Kendra

  49. It’s just a blessing today to see I’m definately not alone. As a mom of six, there are days I question God to “what were you thinking?”. I know He is in control, I just need to stay focused on Him, not the 245th load of laundry, the medical bills that need organizing and paying, the jello on the floor, next to the spilled apple juice. It’s hard! 🙂 Today’s day off of school due to cold, will surely be a test.

    ccjohn14_6@yahoo.com

  50. Just found this site and I’ve already passed it on to my other mommy friends! thank you so much! we need more christian mother resources like this!
    I’d also like to enter today’s contests!
    Amy
    amylbeymer2@yahoo.com

  51. I navigated to your site after reading Glynnis Whitwer’s devotional this morning. As is God’s way, her devotion really hit home with me, as I have struggled with parenting this week. Proverbs 31 devotions are always an encouraging part of my day, and I sometimes e-mail them to my friends when they come to mind. I came to your comment section because I was interested in your give-away of the family devotions. My e-mail address is joshinoki@hotmail.com.

  52. i WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THIS ENCOURAGING WORDS. SOMETIME I FEEL SO ALONE TRYING TO RAISE MY SON. BUT READING THE WORD EVERY DAY HELP ME GET THROUGH IT.

  53. I related to the story today and just have to say thank you so much for the encouragement. Often, I feel like a bad mother, with two boys and a girl ages 10, 8, and 4 there is not enough hours in the day to take care of everything and it makes me feel like I always neglect something in my life. Me, my kids, my husband, my home, or my job. It is very overwhelming.
    Thank you so much for doing what you do, I could spend hours on here reading and listening to all that you offer. Keep up the great work!!

    Thanks!
    Rhonda in Texas
    rhonda.holmes@chevron.com

  54. Wow! There are days when I feel absolutely desperate. I am a stay at home mom of three. My husband had a stroke a few years ago and is unable to help out very much. So it all falls in my hands. Thank you for the encouraging words. fojeane@aol.com

  55. Jesus came to give us Hope, thank You Lord!

    Lisa in WA
    bitterroot98@yahoo.com

  56. Thank you so much for the encouragement. I have two boys under 6 and transitioned to working from home about 2 years ago. Thank you for being the tool God used to speak to me today.

    Kristi in Texas
    perritt_nest@yahoo.com

  57. I just found your blog today. Just in time, this is my last week at my job – next week I begin staying at home as a full time mom of three teenagers. Thank you for the encouragement!

    mitzigooden@bellsouth.net

  58. My Journey to Hope says:

    Your words are so encouraging! I’m definitely interested in the giveaway book, since I’ve left the office world to stay home and pursue my writing and artistic passions. My email address is michellewallace04@yahoo.com if you need it. Thanks again!

    -Michelle

  59. Much needed, thanks for sharing! God Bless you in your ministry and service to the Lord.

    reenicole77@yahoo.com

  60. Jeanies Heavenly Treasures says:

    God Bless all of you Proverbs 31 women! These encouraging words everyday are so incredible to me! What a joy you are to reach so many women and families!
    My email address is: jeanene22@cox.net

  61. For the third time this week the verse from Jeremiah has came across my path. I have 3 children that are 8, 6 and 3, and although they look alike I wonder sometimes how they live in the same house yet are so completely different. I can relate to the parent struggles and the discouragement and despair in my heart – I am allowing satan to get the upper hand and I refuse to let it go on another day. THANK YOU for the encouragement and hope, and for being real. Your words this morning were just what I needed to not go to a place and just cry it out, but to fall on my knees and praise God, to seek out His wisdom for parenting not my own.
    My email is: meek@zoominternet.net

  62. I too have 3 boys all within three years apart. They are all so different. My escape is my bedroom with the door locked, but I know where my real escape is…..looking towards HIM.
    Thanks for the devotion! I’m so thankful there is HOPE!
    junglegym@hotmail.com

  63. Thank you, Glynnis, for reminding me that despair and discouragement are Satan’s plan for me, but that hope is God’s design for me. It is easy to wallow in self-pity, frustration, depression, and guilt–to even think that we should punish ourselves for mistakes as a wife/mother by holding onto negative thoughts. But this habit will not bring us hope/confidence that we can overcome our shortcomings. I need to daily begin leaning on Christ’s everlasting arms and accepting His grace even when my sins weigh me down.
    MMERoth@aol.com

  64. We own a business that is up for sale and I would love all the prayers that I can take for that to happen. I don’t want to miss the things that I miss while being what I feel “trapped”. I can’t go on any of the field trips or any of the school functions. I work like 55-60 hrs a week and my husbands job doesn’t allow him to be home much either. My son needs at least one stable parent with a “normal” schedule.
    Thank you so much for the encouraging words.

    cswartz12@msn.com

  65. Thank you so much for taking the time to write these encouraging words for stay at home moms. Melissa in Oklahoma
    anythingpurple@yahoo.com

  66. I love today’s devotion. I really look forward to the devotions in my inbox daily. I quit my job to stay home with my daughter over 4 years ago. While it has not always been easy, God always provides. I just had another baby and I am looking for work I can do from home as well as ways to save my family money. I want to be a good steward with what we have and also be able to bless others and give. Thanks for your encouragement.
    tina_mac@comcast.net

  67. I love the idea you have this month to blog for moms. It is so easy to become overwhelmed as a mom. New moms, or moms with young children should check out a Mothers of Preschoolers group to help them (mops.org). I think Christian support groups are the way to go, so you realize you’re not alone.

    Great series.

  68. Very, very encouraging! Raising a child with special needs has its challenges and rewards. I use to get frustrated by my daughter’s behaviour because she can’t talk. I have cried to God so at least she can express herself but that has not happened yet. But God has given me the grace to deal with all the challenges that come with raising a child with special needs. I don’t know what I would have done without His Holy Spirit, His word and your very encouraging devotions.
    God Bless you!
    edjokoto@shaw.ca

  69. I love Proverbs 31. Thank you for the encouragement. I stay at home and need this encouragement often. tksimmons79@hotmail.com

  70. Thank you for reminding me that at those many moments of frustration and desperation that I should run straight to Jesus. He is the only one who can calm me and give me the fresh new perspective that I need to be the mom He wants me to be. Thanks again for the daily blessing this blog is to me!

    nikki.shoemaker@gmail.com

  71. MrsProverbs31 says:

    Thank you for the gentle reminder that God is in control of us. A few months ago, I felt distressed. I as deeply discouraged and felt unworthy to serve Him. He took me to Isaiah 49:16; “See, I have engraved you in the palms of my hands, and your walls are ever before me.” He was saying to me that He sees and hears what is happening in my life and He will not let it break me for I am permanently His. I felt so loved.

    I know I have failed my children as a mom. I also know God is gracious to forgive me and anxious to help me succeed.

    Thank you and you have a great day.

  72. Eternity777 says:

    I am a mom with 3 kids, and I work part time. I would love the wonderful Proverbs 31 magazine. I was just looking at it on the website this morning!!!! Thanks for your encouragement and your dedication. My email is cyouneternity@sbcglobal.net

  73. I AM A MOTHER OF 5 AGES 8, 6, 4, 2, AND 5 MO. I WANT TO DO A GODLY JOB RAISING OUR CHILDREN. I WANT TO “WALK IN LOVE” ALWAYS WITH OUR CHILDREN! PLEASE PRAY FOR US AND GOD’S WILL IN JESUS’ NAME AND THANK YOU! I WILL CERTAINLY BE STUDYING MORE FROM THIS WEBSITE! I WANT TO DO THINGS GOD’S WAY AND WANT ONLY HOLY SPIRIT TO BE IN CONTROL OF WHAT I SAY AND DO! “PRAISE GOD!” THANK YOU LORD!

  74. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the encourgaging words today! I had 3 boys in four years. I feel discouraged many days as I look around my house with toys always on the ground, laundry to be done, dishes in the sink, etc. Thank you for being real!

    Kimberly
    kimberlyr@cox.net

  75. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for this site, it’s what I have been looking for a very long time. Sometime I feel like a failure as a christian mother, my lifestyle and schedule have pushed God to the end and many times I have tried to run on my own power and end up worse…please pray for me, that I mite be more organized as a mother and be a better example to my children.

  76. I’m a homeschooling mom of three who struggles with finding balance. Thank you for your ministry and the words you post here. You are an encouragement to me.
    Deanna
    deanna.secretplace@yahoo.com

  77. Mary Piatt says:

    Thank you for this daily inspiration.
    smpiatt@hotmail.com

  78. thank you so much for your words today! I am a mom of 4 (ages 9-14!) and feel so alone with new issues that have arose in our lives this summer. I am currently working outside of the home partimte at our church as the secretary but feel the definite guilt of doing so — even though i take my children to school and am usually home before they are!
    Thank you again for your encouraging words!
    please feel free to check out our fmaily blog and if you have any advice for our situtation– please share!
    Blessings on you!

    my email is tinkerbell@inetlink.ca

  79. Thanks for all the encouraging words. Sometimes I think the parenting struggle only exists behind our four walls! We have two children, a 5th grade daughter and a 1st grade son. Every day is a new adventure!
    turnerbm@bellsouth.net

  80. I sure did need to hear this today! Goes right along with the parenting topic we are covering this month in marriage class at chruch. Thank you Renee!

    mtaylor918@bellsouth.net

  81. Thank you so much for the devotion and the words of encouragement.
    Leigh
    fantprestonl@att.net

  82. I am a work-at-home Mom, and boy do I feel blessed to be able to be at home with my 14 month old daughter. I often feel guilty for feeling overwhelmed b/c everyone is always saying, that must make thing so much easier! I know it does but there are still those days when it feels like there is so much to do it will never get done!
    Thanks for your encouragement, your ministry is a blessing!
    I would love to read your book
    about working at home!
    elizabethbjackson@yahoo.com

  83. Stephenie says:

    I am at a point of desperation for wisdom. My daughter is entering the tween years. Last night she shared how she is struggling with teasing about a boy that she has tried to be friendly too. The kids in her class are saying that she “likes” this boy. She is so frustrated. As a mom, I want to make it all better, but I’m sensing that I just need to walk through this season with her, ultimately pointing her to her relationship with the Lord. Lord, give me the wisdom and discernment I need in this new season of parenting!

    carlson2398@roadrunner.com

  84. Thanks for sharing encouraging words!

  85. Anonymous says:

    I love being a mom but sometimes struggle with the challenges of raising a teenage son. There is so much out there to draw him in to the ways of the world. Thanks for the messages of hope and the encouragement you give to those of us trying to survive this crazy, wonderful thing called parenthood.

    tammy@1abc.net

  86. Anonymous says:

    HOPE = JESUS

    Motherhood…whew…who knew???

    It is the hardest job you’ll ever love…
    It is maddening and the most amazing
    It is mystifying and humbling
    It is growing and stumbling
    It is loving and losing
    It is loving again
    It is trying and trying harder
    It is giving it all up to God
    again and again
    It is loving someone(s) so much
    your heart will burst
    with longing, love, frustration, more love,
    with hope, despair, and prayer
    It is getting a glimpse of how God feels about us….
    And becoming amazed at how He loves our children much more than we ever could…..
    It is committing them again and again into His care…
    and letting go………..

  87. Chatty Kelly says:

    I love the idea you have this month to blog for moms. It is so easy to become overwhelmed as a mom. New moms, or moms with young children should check out a Mothers of Preschoolers group to help them (mops.org). I think Christian support groups are the way to go, so you realize you’re not alone.

    Great series.

  88. Thank you so much for your encouraging words and for taking time out of your busy day to minister to so many.

    I appreciate you!

    Kim
    kimwhite62@gmail.com

  89. Great encouragement again today. Just wanted to say, the song you posted is my husbands favourite song. That alone makes me love him more :o)

    Love & hugs,
    Joy

  90. Anonymous says:

    Thank YOu I needed the encouragment today. I always feel like I a failing

  91. abbasdaughter says:

    Please pray for me as I journey in a new way to the heart of God.My twenty two year old son shot and killed himself three days after Christmas and this is so unbelievable to me.I know that I have not had this news sink in and although we have been through the funeral and all I just feel numb and sick and empty and I don’t even know how I really feel.Thanks for your encouragement.abbasdaughter

  92. gunningfam05 says:

    I am a mom to 3 children 5 and under. Nathan will be 5 in Feb, Gabriella is 4 and Lucas is 2.
    Having 3 so close together is a daily challenge.. it seems like they go through alot of the same things at the same time. When you add in a child with developmental delays and communication issues.. its almost like having 2 4 yr olds and a 2 yr old.
    I have really struggled with being the mom God wants me to be at times with stress that enters in at my house.
    Its good to hear about the struggles of other moms to know that there is hope.
    And encouragement for those not so easy days- He is in control.

    Chrissy
    cgunning94504@adelphia.net

  93. Anonymous says:

    I am on kid number two and I dont think I can have another kid due to the different personalities and agendas..also I am used to working and now I am a stay home mom…totally different aspect! However, I have learned that I must totally rely on GOD! maggiech1981@yahoo.com

  94. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much for the daily inspiration! As I had 3 kids in 3.5 years (2 boys, 1 girl). I related to today’s issue quite well. Some days are tougher than others and some bring more joy than others; but all can be great days if we give them to God.
    Laura V in IN
    lojo8@embarqmail.com

  95. Anonymous says:

    Wow what great giveaways. Thanks for the encouragement and the chance to learn more. Thanks also for bringing us all closer to God.

    Shelley MI
    skransberger@yahoo.com

  96. I am a mother of a two year old little girl, and I often question if I am raising her in the way she should go. I know it is me and my Husband’s responsibility to make sure that we teach her all the things she needs to know. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed at the fact that I may not be teaching her all the right things, but I know that we’re not perfect and I’m trying to do the best I can. I am always open for some encouraging words and your devotion was the one today. Thank you.

    Aryn
    Email: lady_mask@ymail.com

  97. This is my first time stopping by your site. Your words are especially encouraging to me as a stay at home mommy. I am a mother of 4 under 5 1/2 years old. During these tough financial times I am torn between finding a job or working a few hours a day while the kids nap in the afternoon. I would love to be entered into your drawing. My e-mail address is dr_jodie@hotmail.com
    Thank you and God bless you

  98. Anonymous says:

    Today was one of those days where I didn’t know if I had the strength to go on. I was tired and fatigued and the doctor’s office called me with the results of my blood test to say my iron was low and I needed to start taking iron pills. I expected a quick burst of energy to accompany the Rx they called in for me, nothing happened. I will go to sleep and try again tomorrow, maybe it will kick in then. Your e-devotion whispered the desperation I was feeling today and I realized that I was not alone in feeling overwhelmed as a stay at home mom…bbdickey@juno.com.

  99. It is comforting to know that other mothers have the same struggles. Thanks for the Hope-ful advice!

    JD at jdav7@aol.com

  100. Great story of what a willingness to step out in faith can achieve in one’s own life and in others’. As we’d say here in Australia – good on ya!

    Jackie in Australia
    jackiefreiberg@yahoo.com.au

  101. I was touched by this devotion because I have 3 children 5 and under and definitely get discouraged daily. The scripture was encouraging and I need to fight my “despair” with prayer!
    Sarah
    aspengrens@yahoo.com

  102. I’m so thankful for the hope I have in Him.

    Cathy
    catharinedd@netscape.net

  103. with my health it’s so hard for me to work outside of the house, I would love to find a job so I can help by working out of our home. carolullman@hotmail.com

  104. I was so needing a lot of todays devo…I have two children, 19 and 20…the 20 year old (boy) is going through some rough times…addiction, anger and well…he just refuses to grow up…he has been kicked out of the Navy, out of the house he was living in and being “Mom” I have allowed him back into my home…pls pls pls pray for us as a family…it is such a long hard road right now and I am so close to putting him out not caring if he lives in his car…I know this sounds harsh and I know it is not what Jesus would do but I am truly at the end of my rope…I know that the Lord is with us but the human side of me takes over and I do feel helpless…uhg…sorry…
    purpleptgal@yahoo.com

  105. Pamela (His maidservant) says:

    “Hope”…has been a common themed word in my life recently. My hope is in Him.

    In His Graces~Pamela
    in.his.grace@live.com

  106. Anonymous says:

    Somewhere I read that being a mother was a job. I say it is a responsibility from conception to the end. Even Moms with All adult children still need daily encouraging words. Thanks for your site. My email for the prizes is patrob_6@att.net

  107. Anonymous says:

    I just found your blog, and it has been a wonderful suprise. Thank you for your encouragement!
    Sarah
    sjchupp@yahoo.com

  108. I just found this blog. I deal with despair and depression daily. I so want to live free of this. I am a Christian and love God desperately, but I still can’t seem to get a grip on it, please pray for me.

  109. The Lord led me to you devotion for today… Boy was He right on target! Seeking balance for me, my dear husbands needs, and our 3 kids and life in general. Thank you for your encouragement. Now I am not so overwhelmed. My email is: samantha.golightly@verizon.net

  110. I am so thankful for prov 31 and finding encouragement, daily devotions and practical applications (D6) ideas for parenting. Thank you so much for everyones servanthood. In Him, Wendy Hurst, mwhurst5@gmail.com

  111. Happy Four says:

    I could be encouraged by this book.

    Blessings,

    Caroline
    thegrossmans(at)carolina(dot)rr(dot)com

  112. lagotracy says:

    I am definitely a Mom Desperate for God, and appreciate all your newsletters. It’s also nice to know that I’m not the only one like I thought. My husband parents so easily, why can’t I? Thank you. Tracy

  113. I am mother of three little children ages 4, 2, 16 months old baby. I am desperate for God to teach me how to love, guide, and discipline my children. Since reading several your devotional and reading your testimony I m learning to believe God for today and what He is able to do through me in the lives of my children. I need all the help I can get to become organize in my home, small business and soon homeschool mommy/teacher. I welcome any ideas or suggestions. I want to honor God in the mission He has given to me.
    Thank you again for allowing God to use you in such a powerful way. I love to read all you devotionals!

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