Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday Words of Encouragement

Isaiah 40:11 ~
“He tends His flock like a shepherd. He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; he gently leads those that have young."

In the past week my heart has hurt for my children three different times.  The pain I feel seems to get worse as they get older because in many cases, I can't fix it.  There is nothing I can do to take away their hurt.  As they struggle with job situations or relationship situations or the unfairness of life, I cannot intervene like I did when they were little.  The only recourse I have is to offer them counsel as they navigate their way through these things and go to my knees in prayer.  I can bring it before the One who can fix their hurts.
I love this verse in Isaiah because it speaks to my anxiety over my children.  The Lord gathers up our children in His arms. I picture Him holding them close and whispering, "It's okay."  "I'm here."  He basically just loves them.
The second half of this verse is equally encouraging. He gently leads those that have young. He takes you by the arm and maneuvers you over the rough spots. He guides you around insurmountable obstacles. He helps you through this tough thing called motherhood. 
Isn’t that wonderful news? God gives us the strength to carry on even when we feel that we can’t.  He is the one who can calm our fears and anxieties over our children.  The amount I love my children and want good for them is a drop in the bucket compared to God's love for them.  When we trust Him for our children and let Him work in their lives, it will turn out okay. 
Put those lambs in His capable hands.  He will care for them.  He loves your children and He loves you.  Let Him lead and follow Him, trusting that He knows where He is going.
Hear God's voice today, "It's okay."  "I'm here."  "I love you."