As moms, we often say how guilty we feel about things we do in life, especially as these things affect our family. I don’t believe we are actually feeling guilt. I think in reality we are afraid. We are afraid what people will think. We are afraid what people will say. We are afraid of doing the wrong thing or perhaps not doing anything at all when we think there is something we should be doing. We make ourselves crazy! The guilt/fear discussion is for another day, many days in fact. Right now, I want to offer you encouragement to begin your week.
Keeping fear under control is a daily battle. I want you to be assured you have the most powerful weapon available to fight fear: The Spirit of God. The Apostle Paul told his young protege, Timothy that God didn’t give us a Spirit that makes us timid, makes us afraid, causes us to cower in the corner or hide under the covers. God has given us a Spirit of power. POWER! Power that overcomes all our fears, all the obstacles that stand in the way of us having a life journey filled with joy & peace.
The Spirit God has given us fills us with love. Love that empowers us to care for those around us. To offer support, encouragement to others without any expectation of anything in return. Loving our neighbors as we love ourselves is what Jesus told us. As moms, I feel it is vitally important for us to model this love for our children, showing them what we expect of them when we send them out into the world.
Finally, God has given us a Spirit that gives us self-discipline. Not just self-discipline when it comes to spend or eating, two areas that cause problems for so many of us but also self-discipline when it comes to what we say to other people, the comments we make on social media, the gossip we might share or the snarky comment we make about someone without thinking. When we feel we are unable to control ourselves, we can call on the Spirit within us to be strong for us, to prevent us from doing something we regret.
As we begin a new week, I hope you are filled with the power of the Spirit, enabling you to do all things. Now, go out with joy!