I love Peter's experience of walking on the roaring sea with Jesus. But the thing is, Peter's story is often misunderstood. Do you have a step you need to take?
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Sometimes I see God in the messiest corners of our little southern home – in places my three boys have completely ravished. I see God in the forts they build and never manage to fully demolish. I hear Him through their laughter, even if the garden hose has secretly been turned on, after bath time. I thank God through their tears and sweat…as I really thank God these smells don’t come from a Heavenly dimension…seriously…that can stay right here in my opinion.
“Bethany, I AM with you.”
Yet, there are days in the motion of my never ending mommy madness that I briefly fall into the lie that I am in this whirlwind by myself. Especially during those hard days when storms may draw near, errands seem never ending, homework becomes a battle cry and I feel defeated.
All moms I believe have encountered this moment several times over.
But that’s why God surrounds us moms with mess – His amazing mess, filled continually with His Message if we can only take notice.
“Bethany, I AM with you.”
Tonight I was rushing to clear plates from the dinner table as our youngest sat lavishing his final few bites of pure bliss. After most of the dishes were washed and put away, I turned to see this sight…
What echoed through my mind immediately literally made me stop and laugh out loud.
Yes, I literally stood in-front of our youngest, with a sincere, yet genuine mommy smile and said, “Thank God it’s only pudding!” Those of us moms with boys know that color can mean big trouble…and we have all been there a time too many no doubt!
Yet, as I stood there, feeling this smile on my scurried face, it felt so perfect, inviting and calm. I wanted to just stay right here, in this place for just a few more moments. As I looked at my little “Pudding Cup” I noticed that God had provided more than just a moment for me to breathe, but a victory to celebrate. You see, our youngest was born just like his proud mommy sharing bilateral hearing-loss. Mommy wears her hearing-aids but our youngest has fought to the point of pulling out his hair to wear his devices. He is over 2 years-old and is just now tolerating wearing them for more than a few hours a day.
As I looked at him, I noticed the bright specs of blue poking out of his ears. He had made it from noon until dinner wearing his hearing-aids – an amazing achievement! I had been moving so fast through meetings and business agendas that somehow I placed him in his high hair without even checking to see if his aids were still on. Yet, there they were in the midst of a mountain of brown pudding mess.
“Bethany, I AM with you.”[tweetthis]Our mess. His message. “Bethany, I AM with you.” [/tweetthis]
I wonder as moms how many of us really ever stop long enough to openly combat this relentless lie the enemy is constantly shouting through our everyday chaos? Have you bought into the lie that you are alone?
If so, know I have been there too…so many times. You are not alone.
That’s right. The Great I AM, the Creator, Everlasting God and Abba Daddy is with you, in this mess…right now.
A few of His messages to me that I keep close to my heart as I continue along this journey he has called me to as a mom:
Bethany, I – the Lord your God am living among you. I AM a mighty Savior. I will take delight in you, Bethany, with gladness. With My love, I will calm all your fears. Bethany, I will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NLT)
For My Word holds true, Bethany, and you can trust everything I do. (Psalms 33:4 NLT)
Bethany, praise Me as your Lord; praise Me as your Savior! For each day I carry you -Bethany- in My arms. (Psalms 68:19 NLT)
Bethany, I have searched you and I know you. I know when you sit and when you rise; I perceive your thoughts from afar. I discern your going out and your lying down; I AM familiar with all your ways Bethany. Before a word is on your tongue I know it completely. I hem you in behind and before, and I lay My hand upon you. Bethany, where can you go from My Spirit? Where can you flee from My presence? (Psalm 139:1-7 NIV)
I literally have an entire Evernote (a free notes app) document with well over 120 personalized passages tagged for easy reference. There is power in having His Word so close when I need it the most.
Yet, what an amazing moment it is to hear Him whisper “I’m with you Bethany” through the mess! There is not a corner of my kids toenails that God hasn’t blessed, a crack in our tile He hasn’t seen or a mud stain so deep beyond His repair. God is our safe place, dear weary moms. Let His Word carry you through your day whispering His invitation through your mess – “I AM with you.”
And I’m with you too.
Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a wife to Steve and a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always - dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!