To the mother who needs encouragement, you are not alone.

There are several times when I have felt like I just couldn’t win no matter what I did. Running late in the morning, off to a bad start, yelling at the kids, wishing that I could be that sweet voiced mother even though I wanted to scream. But, what I have learned is that I can.

Have any of you felt this way?  Its a hard place to be. You want so bad to change and feel almost like a failure when it doesn’t come as fast as you want it to.

Let me encourage you momma, that God is capable of doing so many things greater and bigger than you can even imagine. That right there gives me so much peace because I know that he who started a good work in each of us will finish what he started. (Philippians 1:6)  Do you need encouragement today?

If you have social media, then you know that most of what people post is only a brief glimpse into what others want you to see. The whole story unfolds off screen and some how all the bad parts get edited out. I know this and yet still compare my living room being as tidy as the next mother, the type of diners another mother prepares and say, if only I could make those types of meals. If her Hair and makeup just right, all the way down to if her kids are all neat and properly dressed. You’ve heard the saying, Comparison steals your joy, I believe this. Can you relate? As a result my time on social media has drastically reduced maintaining my focus on being who God created me to be.

Let me add, it’s human nature to want to fit in and stand out, There have been several times that God has spoken to me “You are enough.” God has designed each of us perfectly like an artist using a paintbrush. We are HIS Masterpiece. He crafted us so specifically and to say that He didn’t would be saying God makes mistakes. That, my sister, we know he doesn’t do.

So, I have learned to accept his plan for MY life. Any time I feel I need to scroll like I’m looking for some kind of acceptance, I remember who designed me, why he designed me (for his purpose) and that I was created in His image. I want to encourage you today to do the same. Each day is different, its new, new beginnings, a do-over. Keep your eyes looking forward and do not dwell on yesterday thinking how bad it may have been.

My prayer is that if I can encourage just one other mother out there that may be struggling.

For we are Gods masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10

I designed tees/tanks that says Love Others Always on it and I get so many compliments. It’s also a great conversation started because some honestly don’t know how to love others. I explain to them that each and every one of us has been gifted with life, God has created us just the way he wants us to be, we all bleed the same, and our lives should reflect that we are sons and daughters of Jesus Christ. Spreading more love and showing love toward others is such a selfless act. I like to encourage my kiddos with this same message as they head out the door to school each day. “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle.”

On another note, when this year started, I had a great notion that I would complete the Bible in a year from cover to cover. Ask me how I’m doing and I’m afraid to say, (I have fallen behind). I’m not beating myself up over it just reassessing my goal because I will do it. Seasons of life change and I want you to know that in each season comes different goals. If we took each season and applied last seasons priorities, we will feel overloaded and frustrated. That’s why I’m telling you as life changes we must re-evaluate our priorities. Kids age, we encounter new situations of importance, job change, a move, a new baby, an illness. Everything can not be #1, #2, or even #3 on our daily to-do lists. Learning to say no to things of less importance to say yes to things that need more attention (I’m working on this). It can be a struggle. Do what you can little by little. God knows what is going on inside your heart. Pray and ask him to guide you to make better use of your time and to spend your days doing what is pleasing to him. And… don’t be so hard on yourself. Love yourself, take care of yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually. As mothers, we need to be the best we can for ourselves and our families. Reading the Bible in a year may not be your ultimate goal, but whatever it is for you, know that anything is possible. I pray for your strength today, tomorrow is another day.

“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 

1 Timothy 4:7-8

Leave me a comment or share a time in your life when someone else encouraged you or you encouraged someone else.  I love reading these stories.

Your sister, Tyra

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