Thursday, February 15, 2007

Nevertheless God

I've read and re-read my daughter's letter over and over this week. Each time I read it, I'm reminded of one of my favorite phrases in the whole Bible:
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.

Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.

2 Corinthians 7:5-6, NKJV
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.


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.

13 comments:

Elise said...

His hand of comfort.
Oh, may we all rest in it.
This mama needed to read this today, Katherine! You're wonderful!

Christa said...

Thank you for sharing so transparently. Your words are so true to my own thoughts and life. Thank you for pointing me once again to our Savior.

voni said...

Your blog today struck a cord. God has been showing me alot lately about soul rest. Here is a verse God gave me this morning....
"My soul find rest in GOD ALONE;
my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress. I WILL NEVER BE SHAKEN
Psalms 62:1-2
Recently I have said to my husband " I feel tired inside and out" We have no idea as a culture how to rest our bodies let alone our souls. How GOOD is God that He offers our souls rest . He encourages us to find rest.

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

You are so right. I do understand...

perkidawn said...

I so needed to hear that today. You are so right! Sometimes getting all wrapped up in the stress of raising kids or whatever else is going on, it's easy to lose my focus. Thankyou.

Deidre said...

Oh, I know I can visit your blog and read honest and heart-touching words. Always. You're just a few years ahead of me in parenting, so your wisdom (and, yes, I mean wisdom) helps me more than you know. Even if you're just saying, "I don't know what to do". I draw strength from that because you always tell us that 'God does know'.

This post reminds me of a song a quartet sings at our church....

'Nevertheless.....Christ loves me'

Thank you!

Jen said...

As God speaks to you...you are speaking to me..thanks dear friend I needed this comfort food today.

marian said...

Thank you for this. You are a blessing to me.

Andrea said...

*hugging you tightly*
I needed to hear this. You always bring it back to where "it" (Whatever "it" is!) needs to be!

Ivey Elizabeth Sirmans said...

You are a set example-Thank you.

Terri said...

I love your blog...
You are now in my favorites....

This is just what I needed...

Thank you

Laura Leigh said...

Wow, this is so great, Katherine. I've enjoyed reading for a few weeks now, and this entry really spoke to me.

Kim said...

Resting in God...I need more of that in my life! Thanks for that wonderfully timely reminder!

Kim