“God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips those He calls.” – Rick Yancey
As I look back on the last year of motherhood, these words have been my mantra. My daughter is two, and everything that goes along with being two. High-energy, stubborn, strong-willed, independent, sassy, and did I mention high-energy? She’s unpredictable and, much to my chagrin, there are many aspects of being her mom that I can’t control. Sometimes, I feel like motherhood is something that I’ll never be good at. But in my moments of weakness, I choose to believe God’s promises.
“My heart and my flesh may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
God has called me to the journey of motherhood. Therefore, I choose to trust that He will provide me with all that I need to walk that path in a godly way. Becoming a mother drew out in me a need and dependency on Christ that hadn’t been there before. I’ve realized that I need Him the moment I wake up in the morning and that His grace will be there every hour until my head hits the pillow at night.
“But He said to me, my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12
Through motherhood, I’ve been given the opportunity to make much of Jesus. I am an empty vessel with nothing to offer my daughter except for the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:38
I may not feel like I’m good at being a mom, but I am secure in the love of my Father, and the truth that His power is equipping me with exactly what I need to be the mom to the daughter He’s called me to raise.
As I think about the adjectives that describe my daughter, the Lord is giving me the heart to see them with an eternal perspective.
High-energy = Zeal for life
Stubborn = Perseverant
Strong-willed = Determined
Independent = Intelligent
Sassy = Brave
I might not know how parenting my daughter will go from day to day, but what I do know, is that when I’m broken, tired, and thirsty, if I come to Him, His Spirit will fill me and flow from within me, allowing me to show Christ-like love to my daughter. I don’t have much to offer her on my own, but I can offer her Jesus.
After all, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips those He calls.” My calling is clear. I’m a sanctified mommy, covered in God’s grace, ready to do His will.