As a mom, I have those mornings when I wake up and within five minutes already feel “like a cat on a hot tin roof,” as my mother would often say.
I roll out of bed to the sound of my toddler whining about wanting oatmeal. I walk into my baby’s nursery to be greeted by a stinky blowout in the crib. Meanwhile, I suddenly remember I need to restart that load of clothes I forgot to take out of the washing machine last night. All this may quickly unfold before I have the time to crack open my Bible or sip my first cup of coffee. It’s just one of those mornings.
The collective chaos of these moments leaves me feeling frazzled. Can you relate?
I think motherhood has this way of intensifying our emotions, unearthing what resides in our hearts: the good, the bad, and the ugly. If we’re not careful, the daily grind of parenting can make moms like a tea kettle angrily whistling away on a hot stove: reactive and rattled.
I certainly don’t want to be an “angry” tea kettle of a mom. And I’m sure you don’t either. In the collective chaos of raising small children, I’m learning that I desperately need a source of peace outside myself or my environment.
I think us moms need to remember lasting peace isn’t found in ourselves or our circumstances, but rather in the heart of Jesus Christ and His plans our lives.
In Gospel-Centered Mom, Brooke McGlothlin emphasizes this point so succinctly, “Until we see ourselves for who we truly are (desperate and in need of our Savior) and our purpose in life for what it truly is (to serve Christ and give up our lives for Him), we’ll never find peace in the midst of our mothering or our lives” (139).
Indeed, our perspective radically impacts our capacity to receive God’s peace. So how do we get God’s perspective in the first place?
We must soak in God’s Word- slowing down to savor it, memorize it, and then let its truth transform our hearts as moms.
I’m finding it helpful to have just a few short verses to recall easily when I am feeling frazzled during those times in the mommy trenches. Below are three of my favorite serenity-saving Scriptures, as I call them!
- “You will keep him in perfect peace because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
- “The mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6
- “Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165
These short and sweet verses remind us that God grants His peace to those who trust in Him, set their mind on the Spirit, and obey His commands. What hope to know we can claim these promises of God’s peace! Can I challenge you to memorize one of these verses to recall when you are feeling frazzled?
As you and I seek to savor God’s Word, I’m confident our Heavenly Father will keep us anchored in His peace, being our serenity saver in the tumultuous waves of motherhood, both big and small.