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  • Writer's pictureAlexandra Jensen

Makeupless Days

Some days I am lucky if I get a hot cup of coffee, much less put makeup on. Most days I wake up with my feet running, before they even hit the floor. This morning in particular, I woke up and went to get my sweet baby boy out of his crib and was horrified to find that his entire crib and sheets were riddled with throw up. He did not let out a peep the night before, so we assumed he was A-okay. The flood of throw up came as a complete surprise. Poor baby.

After giving sweet boy a bath, picking up groceries, assisting sissy on the potty, and playing outside, it was naptime. Oh happy day! When both of my children nap at the same time it is like Heaven on Earth. It is the perfect time for me to get into my Bible. Reading through Psalm 69, I could not help but relate to the Psalmist today.

Save me, O God,

for the waters have come up to my neck.

I sink in the miry depths,

where there is no foothold.

I have come into the deep waters;

the floods engulf me.

I am worn out calling for help;

my throat is parched. Psalm 69:1-3

The Psalmist, David, writes these words at a moment in time when he feels like he is in over his head, drowning in a sea of defeat. As moms, it is easy to feel this way when situations do not pan out according to plan, or when extra helpings are added to our plates. But, Psalm 69 goes on to assure us that we do not have to feel stuck in feeling overwhelmed or defeated.

But I pray to you, Lord,

in the time of your favor;

in your great love, O God,

answer me with your sure salvation. Psalm 69:13

Psalm 69:13 shows us that we can use prayer to combat our feelings of being overwhelmed. Furthermore, Psalm 69:30-33 demonstrates how we can be triumphant through delighting in the Lord as our strength. By having a mindset of worship and a spirit of thanksgiving, we can actually override our feelings of inadequacy. The Lord is our help when we seek him through prayer. The Lord hears our hearts and helps us to claim freedom in our lives, through the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name.

I will praise God’s name in song

and glorify him with thanksgiving.

This will please the Lord more than an ox,

more than a bull with its horns and hooves.

The poor will see and be glad—

you who seek God, may your hearts live!

The Lord hears the needy

and does not despise his captive people. Psalm 69:30-33

Dear Jesus,

Help me to cling to and rely on you as my strong tower. You are my strength and fortification, each day. More than makeup or a cup of coffee, Lord I need you to have success, to be encouraged, and to walk in confidence as a mom. Thank you for uplifting me today. In Jesus’ mighty name, amen.

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