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Obstacles to Living in the Vision for Moms #2
Guest Author: Joy Forney
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Continuing a series by our guest author...

Joy in Indonesia


Obstacle #2: We feel overwhelmed.

Have you ever felt that way as a mother? Ha, I can't remember the last time I didn't feel overwhelmed!

But the good news is that we cannot do it ourselves.

2 Corinthians 12:9, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I would rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

2 Corinthians 3:5, "Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything form ourselves, but our adequacy is from God."

Yes, the calling is high, but He has given us Himself!

Are you weary?

Matthew 11:28, "Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest."

Isaiah 40:29, "He gives strength to the weary and to him who lacks might, He increases power..."

The Lord loves mothers. He loves you and He loves your children. He wants you to fall into His arms and find rest. He is El Shaddai—our refuge and our strength.

He wants to comfort you, care for you, strengthen you, and whisper words of love into your ear and give you the strength to carry on.

This isn't about striving harder and doing or being more—this is you releasing yourself to Him and watching Him take over. It's exhausting, I know. I'm not minimizing this. Take care of yourself, but also realize that motherhood is all about sacrifice....dying to ourselves. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed because we feel that it isn't fair that we have to give up so much....and we do.

So, during those times where we feel hopelessly overwhelmed what can keep us going?

"Inspirational historical models may provide a temporary enthusiasm, but a mother of dominion needs something more. Otherwise, the grueling day and night demands of crying infants, filthy bottoms, vomit-soaked blankets, strong-willed naughtiness, physical exhaustion, dull routine, deferred gratifications, lack of recognition, cultural criticism, and personal disillusionment will bring the work of her hands to a grinding halt.

There she sits, exhausted on the edge of her bed, her face in her hands, wondering, 'Where is the glory in this?' She needs something more empowering to keep her going.

She needs to gain and maintain the deep conviction of the glory, honor, and nobility of selfless service. This she finds at the foot of the cross, looking up to the One who earned for Himself, 'the name that is above every name' by emptying Himself, taking the form of a bond servant. There she beholds her Savior, who mopped up the damning vomit of her own sin with the precious sponge of His perfect life and atoning death. The love of Christ constrains and compels her to press on. The Spirit of Christ empowers her." Womanly Dominion, pg. 120

So, today when you feel overwhelmed (and you will), take it to Him lay your burdens at His feet, and ask for His strength to carry on.

Joy and family by planeI love Joy's play on words. She is a SAHM-a Stay at Home Missionary. This is a calling for all SAHMs, but for Joy, it has double meaning. Here's her story:

Hello, my name is Joy! Who am I? Well, I'm glad you asked. I am a wife to a wonderful missionary pilot, a mommy to five (the last two are twins), and I live in Indonesia. That's me in a nutshell.

My tagline for my personal blog is "reaching the world for Christ, beginning in the home". This sums up my heart for my life.

If I had to sum up my focus for my blog, it would be this:

1. To encourage women to find their first ministry in the home, as a wife and mother.

2. To encourage women to see themselves as missionaries wherever they are, whether far or near, and to reach out as a family unit to their community.

3. To proclaim to the world that overseas missionaries are just ordinary people serving an extraordinary God, they're just living in a different place!

Joy's Vlog from Joy Forney on Vimeo.

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