Nevertheless God.As I've said before, and as I alluded to here, parenting is just not one of those things that comes naturally to me. The longer I do it, the more I realize my own selfish desires so often get in the way of the greater good. I agonize my mistakes, find myself apologizing constantly, and, especially when it comes to this child, I wonder how she will ever make it through childhood still loving God and loving me.
That's why I love this passage so much. It describes how I feel so often as a mom.
...Our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears.I'm tired a lot. There are troubles all around as our kids rub shoulders daily with a secular world. There is constant conflict as we represent the standard for our crew of little sinners. I battle fears: Am I doing a good job? Am I scarring them for life? Will they be okay?
Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.
2 Corinthians 7:5-6, NKJV
Nevertheless God is there, never leaving, never forsaking. Nevertheless God is strong. Nevertheless God is unchanging. Nevertheless God is faithful. Nevertheless God is bigger than my ability to do the job of mothering perfectly.
Nevertheless God comforts me when I am downcast.
Paul was comforted by the coming of Titus. I was comforted by a sweet, handwritten letter.
May I turn my weariness, my troubles, my conflicts, and my fears to Him today. May I recognize His hand of comfort, and rest in it.