It’s not all on you, friend.

This morning as I was gathering my little guy’s bag and couple of toys to head out to the sitters my hubby called to me from down the hall; “See you later, super mom!”

I laughed as my entire body sort of slouched into a relief/shucks maneuver. Today out of all days. It’s funny how if you take the time to start a conversation with the Father, He absolutely responds. It’s not really funny, rather amazing and wonderful. My surprise to being responded to is funny. Still learning to be a daughter.

Earlier that morning I sat down and journaled (it helps me focus in prayer and to be able to look back at growth and answered prayer) and just sort of laid out my worries and issues with the things at hand. School is out for the summer tomorrow so I’ll have all three energetic hooligans home, my house will therefore be a mess way more often if I’m not managing it well, and there’s the businesses the hubs and I are launching. Three huge targets that if I’m not absolutely intentional about letting the Lord lead me day by day, moment by moment, then I’ll fall right back into feeling like a wiped out, stressed out, no-good mama that can’t accomplish a single thing.

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taking off pesky socks.

Honestly, each of those separately, when focused on alone, I feel pretty darn good about. It’s when I try juggling all three of them together. Plus the friendships, plus the errands and misc to-do, plus the family plans for the summer, music practice, piano lessons, play dates for the kids, alone time, working out… Does any one else ever feel like you’re shooting at a bagillion targets all the time? Of course you do. Because nothing else satisfies the enemy more than taking your eyes off of the Father.

Lord, don’t you see this mess? Don’t you see all of these things that I keep struggling with that keep me from getting anything accomplished? You’ve put these things in my hands, these dreams in my heart, and I’m here floundering in the chaos.

Wow. Just had a revelation just now that this ties into Sunday’s sermon… hold on a sec while I grab the verse address:

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” ~Mark 4:35-41

Of course the Father cares. He absolutely cares about what you’re going through and the things you’re trying to handle. More than that though He’s asking you to fix your eyes on Him and trust Him. It’s not all on you. The Lord goes before us and fights our battles, (Duet 31:8, Exodus 14:14). He’s the one that’s placed those desires and dreams and talents within you in the first place. He’s going to work in His power and do the work only He can do. We get to show up and be His door for Heaven to invade Earth. We get to agree with his Word and believe and say “Yes! and Amen!”

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lining up cars.
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veggie straws and popcorn on the run.

So stand on his word! Pray boldly! Ask for the simple things! Ask for the big things! Expect Him to fulfill his promises concerning you. He loves you so much more than you’ll ever comprehend this side of Heaven.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. ~ Philippians 1:6

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