"It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal."
- Helen Keller
I am not going to lie.
Motherhood is a task that at times does not seem equal to my powers.
A blessing, an honor, a cherished responsibility, a wondrous experience--yes it is most certainly all of these. But it can also be overwhelming, challenging, and downright bone-wearying. It demands everything every second of the day. And there are times when I feel like I've run out of anything to give. It's in those times when God gently graces me with His reassurance that my husband and I are not our children's only parents. They have a Heavenly Father who loves them to distraction. He will strengthen us and guide us as we raise our children in the knowledge of Him.
There is a scripture that I love to personalize and pray over my children, my husband, and myself. Lately, I've needed to pray it pretty often! It's a life changing, faith building, weariness busting, glory filled living kind of scripture. Just the kind I need.
Colossians 1: 9-13 (paraphrased)
My dear Jesus, I ask that you would fill me with the knowledge of your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And I pray this in order that I may live a life worthy of you, Lord, and may please you in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of you, God, being strengthened with all power according to your glorious might so that I may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to you, Father, who has qualified me to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
I'm so glad that His power is available for me. I don't have to make it on my own steam. And that's something to be joyful about.