On the penultimate day of this writing challenge I turn to what gives our home the focus to get through the tough times we face, that gives our lives meaning, that brings us joy in all of life – our faith in Jesus.
Honestly, if my identity was in being a mum I can see how our children would become obsessions in my life and how the bad days would be horrendously difficult to deal with. If I placed my identity in being a wife, I would fail to find fulfilment in a relationship that will always fall short of perfect. Likewise friendships don’t define me. Nor does the car I drive or the clothes I wear.
It’s my faith in Christ that gives me hope, that roots my identity in Him and when I focus on Him, our home is happier. There is a freedom that comes from faith that I think you can’t understand until you’re there yourself. It frees me of the lies that I’m not good enough or that my life is worthless. It frees me from a sense of guilt. It frees me from the fear of the future.
Many days though I do listen to the lies in my head, I don’t look to God for strength to face the day and try to solve the problems myself.
One of my favourite blogs is over at Home Sanctuary, (www.homesanctuary.com) where Rachel once said “Remind yourself that you are doing the best you can with what you have, and then give the rest to God to take care of” and that’s what I’m doing with my life. My identity is in Him, not in my role as a mum, or the decoration of our house, or the clothes we wear, or what we ate for dinner, or the strength of my relationship with my husband.
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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 v 28-30
Is it time we listened to these words afresh and come back to Him who can give us rest for our souls? Time that we stopped listening to the lies that we’re not good enough?