Uplifted by Christ's Yoke
With a baby crying for her bottle, two toddlers demanding lunch, a stinky diaper to change, and groceries to carry in, my state of adrenaline kicked in, but I felt a wave of “too much” come over me, threatening to take me down. In panicked, crazy moments of motherhood, my patience seems to dwindle; and sometimes, if I am completely honest, I would like to run and hide.
The truth is, some days I feel like I am just barely squeaking by. I run around threadbare, living off fumes, fighting for my sanity; deep down, desperately wanting to do a good job. But, when I go to God in prayer, he takes upon my burden and replaces my overwhelmed feelings with his sustaining peace.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30
We can be accompanied by Christ’s yoke by staying connected to the source of God’s Truth through our Bibles, prayer, and faith checkpoints throughout the day.
The other day, I was jogging around a church that is near our neighborhood. This church has a track built around the perimeter of its land, so that walkers, joggers, and bikers have a safe place to land. Around the track are Bible verses on yard signs. One of the verses is Romans 14:12, “So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” This verse is a great reminder that whatever we do, whether in public or private, we will have to give an account of ourselves to God, down to every little detail of our lives.
When I jog around this church, I make a point to listen to Christian music. Listening to Christian music lightens and refreshes my soul. It is one way that I take upon Christ’s yoke.
Right now, Brandon Lake is my jam! The lyrics of his song “Gratitude” are life-giving, soul refreshing, and powerful. When motherhood and life becomes all too much to carry, the lyrics of this song come to mind and empower me. “So I throw up my hands, and praise you again and again, because all that I have is a Hallelujah… Hallelujah.”
When our arms are too full, and our plates are overflowing, let us lean into God’s grace and promises. Our desire should be to be faithful in all things; as mothers, wives, and daughters of Christ. But, when we are doing our best, and our best doesn’t feel good enough, Christ’s grace covers our inadequacies. The Lord is pleased by our efforts to live for him, and represent Jesus well, in all things.
As moms, sometimes we will feel overwhelmed and shorthanded. Christ can fill the gaps. Never give up, because the Jesus you are yoked to is willing to do anything and everything it takes to see you through all that he has called you to.
Steps of Faith:
Listen to the song “Gratitude” by Brandon Lake today.
Say a prayer that God would equip you by his power and might to be the best mom and godly wife that you can be, all for his glory.