“Girl, Get Up”
You were a woman of God before you were a mom, and that woman still matters. It is so easy to lose our identity in motherhood. From diapers, to cleaning, to cooking, to nursing, to pumping, to planning, and worrying. When do we really have time to rediscover ourselves? I thank God for my friend Nia, who sent me this sermon from Sarah Jakes Roberts. I’d actually bought her book about life’s detours when I was pregnant because I knew her story of also being pregnant while young. I got distracted, and maybe a little fearful to read it, as I almost did with this sermon. But once Nia sent it to me after days of me scrolling past it and saving it to my watch later playlist, I knew I couldn’t keep running from the word God had for me. Isn’t it crazy how we’ll sometimes remain stuck in a season because we’re afraid of what God is saying/what He’s gonna do next?
So. I watched the sermon and let me tell you. Boy, oh boy, did God SPEAK. I felt that He’s telling me it’s time to get up. I’ve sulked in this season long enough. And it’s time for me to get up. To lift my head to the heavens, my eyes set on the word, and my thoughts centered on His promises. The 9 months of pregnancy, and the 9 months of motherhood, I honestly have not been seeking God’s face the way I once used to. It’s been very difficult to navigate my identity as a mother and as a woman of God. Some days are better than others, but I often feel guilty for not waking up at 5am to do quiet time with the Lord because I want to sleep a little more before Melody wakes. Mom guilt is real, but Christian mom guilt is even realer. I know that I cannot earn His love by works but I want to make Christ a priority through it all. Children are a gift from the lord, so God surely wouldn’t give a gift that would draw me further from Him.
So that’s where today’s topic lays. Rediscovering your identity as a mom. New, old, seasoned, or cold. Different stages of motherhood bring different things, but one thing never changes: God. He is faithful in EVERY season. In every late night feeding, in every explosive diaper, and in every moment where you feel there’s no hope. Remember who you are and whose you are. You are a child of the one true King.
You were a woman of God before you were a mother, and that woman still matters. Make time today to commune with God and see how He would like that woman to move forward. You have a plan and a purpose. You are not unseen by God.
Invitation to Salvation
Hey there! You probably weren't expecting this at the end of a post like this, but I have really good news to share! God desires so much more for us than we know. God desires for us to be restored back to His original design for mankind. I’m sure you’ve heard the story before about Adam & Eve and the fall of humanity (see more here.)
God designed us to display His glory. Unfortunately, we chose to follow our own idea of evil and good, and sin was introduced to the world. For a better understanding and in-depth analysis of why we need salvation please visit these resources!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
1 Corinthians 15:3
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
The gospel is God’s good news of reconciliation of Him & mankind. God is not looking for robots to aimlessly follow a leader who will smite them for doing the wrong thing. The truth of the gospel is that God loves us and invites us to dwell with Him in eternity. That is life. God’s overall plan is so much more than we could ever understand, but the beauty is that we don’t have to fully comprehend to believe in Him. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). As a result of human nature, we are all destined to die. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). So instead of us having to die eternally and suffer the full sentence of death that came about as a result of sin, God took on that punishment for us. Through Jesus Christ, He justified us through His own blood and made life available to all who would choose to believe.
The gospel is so much more than a story about an angry God who wants to control your life and just send you to hell if you don’t do what He wants. I implore you to study the scriptures and God’s creation and redemption story. He will give you the answers you seek. The gospel is God’s plan to restore us into relationship with Him. Sin keeps us from God.
If you believe, or you feel that God is trying to get you to invite Him into your life, the first step is accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Believe that He died for the atonement of your sins (1 John 2:2), that He was buried, and resurrected on the third day, defeating sin and death (Revelation 1:18), and that He invites us to partake in this victory too (Romans 6:5-10.)
So What Must I Do To Be Saved?
It is by grace, through faith! (Ephesians 2:8-9).