December 3, 2007

 

Super Mom Has Left the Building

By Marybeth Whalen

 

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

         

Devotion:

I just have to insert something in the midst of this busy season we call Christmas:

“You can’t do it all.”

And I don’t think I can say that enough.

I found this entry in my journal from years ago, and I thought you might like to read it…

Someday…

I’ll remember to order those cute Christmas return address labels for my cards.

I’ll bake real gingerbread houses like Martha Stewart instead of buying those cheap, cheesy kits.

I’ll finish my shopping early instead of waiting to the last minute.

I’ll hand make gifts for all our neighbors, teachers, postal carriers, and garbage men.

I’ll wrap presents that look like the ones in the magazines, not like a kindergartner did it.

I’ll actually do all those service projects that look like a worthy thing to do.

Someday… is not now.

Whatever season in life you are in this Christmas, embrace it. There will be other times to do all those things you want to do. Or not. Whatever your situation is, trust that God is sovereign and He ordained for you to be where you are at this time, for His purpose. There is something to be gained from every season in life. The trick is to find that piece of wisdom God has for you in the midst of each season.

When the angel appeared to Mary, he told her some pretty shocking news about what was going to happen to her. His message ushered her into a season in life that included confusion, rejection and some pretty extreme transition. And yet, her response was “May it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:38).

I want Mary’s reaction to be my own reaction. I want my attitude to be one of complete surrender to God’s will, no matter what the circumstances. I want to be able to say with confidence “May it be to me as you have said” instead of whining to God, “Why did you let this happen to me?” like I usually do.

The first step in embracing every season is to let go of our own expectations—even when it means learning to love our limitations. Whether you are struggling with illness, or lack of energy, or a marriage situation, or money problems, or family issues—whatever it is, that is where God has you. Stop trying to be Super Mom or Super Woman and trust a super God instead.

 

Dear Lord, help me see You this Christmas. Help me keep my focus on You and not on my to-do list. And would you please remind me when I forget that You love me not because of what I accomplish but because I am, simply, Your child? In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Related Resources:

A Recipe for Christmas Joy, E-book by Marybeth Whalen

 

Can Martha Have a Mary Christmas? by Brenda Poinsett

 

Marybeth’s Blog

 

Application Steps: 

Write down what is on your to-do list for this week. Spend time praying over that list and ask God to show you what needs to be on there and what can go. Then let go of whatever He says.

 

Reflections: 

Why do you feel compelled to do, and do, and do? What feelings are at the root of all that striving? How can you let go of those root feelings and embrace God’s unconditional love instead—knowing that He accepts you whether your house is decorated and your cards are addressed or not!

 

Power Verses:

Psalm 38:19, “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” (NIV)

 

Matthew 6:8, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (NIV)

 

I Peter 3:14, “But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.’” (NIV)

 

 

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