Finding Help And Strength In Our Trials

by Heather on May 20, 2015

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Finding Help And Strength In Our Trials

I’ve been having some long nights as a mom. Little P caught the crud, and she’s been up late, up early, and cranky-tired-fussy in between. Life has notched down a couple speeds so we can rest and get her healthy. I’m tired too, and I’m getting a little stir crazy in the house, but I love caring for her. This is what moms do.

Two nights ago I slept on the floor in P’s room because she couldn’t go to sleep alone. She was all congested and feverish. She crawled down from the bed and slept next to me, drawing comfort and finding help from Mommy being near. Last night we slept in the guest room, and did not sleep well at that. But sacrificing for our kids is what moms do, and I’m ok with that.

It’s not heroic, and I’m not asking for a medal. This is what moms do and have done for centuries. Looking out for our children, taking care of them, nursing them back to health. Not only that, but many moms do this while their spouse is deployed or working late, night shifts, or on detachment.

But what if we couldn’t? What if we were in a war zone, or had no means to help them?

Ironically, after feeling out of sorts from the lack of sleep and off-kilter day, I saw this post. These moms have been forced from their homes by ISIS. These young girls have been victimized physically and sold as slaves– even the littlest ones. (go here for the full story)

I know these moms would do anything they could for their children just as I would. I can’t even fathom how hard it would be to not be able to save my child from such horrors.

I know that my hardships are real. I’m tired, I’m sick, I have to do some difficult things… But I’m gaining perspective from these women who are battling for their very lives. I’m finding help as I remember what I don’t have to do right now…

  • I don’t have to choose which child to save and which child to leave behind.
  • I don’t have to live in a storage container because I am displaced and have no money, no job and don’t speak the language.
  • I didn’t just lose my husband from being shot in the head by ISIS.
  • I don’t have to worry about my child’s illness because there is no way to seek treatment.

Let’s get on our knees and ask God to help us through our trials.

Then let’s ask Him to help these women, on the other side of the world, through theirs. Let’s share their story if we can, give if we are able, and pray for their deliverance.

Let’s not minimize our own emotions and troubles, shaming ourselves as we women tend to do. If our trials seem to gain perspective in light of these women’s stories, so be it. We can gain strength to persevere in our own trials by remembering other women in the world who are enduring their own struggles. Thankfully the Lord has the power to help us and to help these women, each in our individual situations.

I’m praying for you today. I know the military life isn’t easy. We can find help from above:

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2

We can’t always see that help is coming, but that’s where faith comes in. The Lord is in control, even when things seem out of control. The Lord is good, even when our situations seem bad. Turn to Him, finding help and strength for your day… and don’t give up!

xoxo,
Heather

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