“I, Paul, write this in my own words. Remember my chains.”
It’s interesting that Paul, this champion for Christ, this man who “gave it all” for Jesus to the point of martyrdom, was real enough to ask for prayer. Real enough to say “remember my chains.” He told the people exactly what was struggling with and he asked his friends to share it far and wide.
He was being real. He wasn’t hiding. I believe it’s because Paul knew that he needed all the help he could get. It’s a good lesson for all of us.
It’s easy as moms to hide, isn’t it? It’s easy to put on a brave face and pretend that we have it all together. For me, it’s often easier to get on Facebook or my blog and talk about the things that are going right. After all—who wants to talk about the things that are going wrong? That’s embarrassing!
Truthfully, no one is encouraged when we appear to have it all together. What IS encouraging though, is to hear a mom talk about her everyday struggles and be real about them while not giving up. It’s encouraging to see moms who follow Jesus through struggles and difficulties. That’s the example that Paul set for us.
I want to encourage you today to be real with those people around you who God has put into your life. Tell them when you’re struggling and when you’re succeeding—and walk in truth with each other.
When we pray for each other, we tap into the power of God. The Bible tells us that true strength comes from God. There are no guarantees—but when we surrender our lives to the One who made us, we find a peace that passes understanding.
Give it a shot today, busy mom. Be real with each other. Pray for each other. Encourage one another. And then, see what the Lord will do.