How to Face These Uncertain Times

It’s been a hot minute (and I do mean hot. I live in Oklahoma remember?) since I’ve been on here. But I had to take a break. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that it’s been a crazy whirlwind of events since March. And I’ve had so many feelings about it all, but have chosen to keep silent for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because this is not a political blog. I do not have the desire to try and share my opinions on political current events simply because, at least in recent months, such writings have created nothing but division and hate. That is not what I want for this blog. I want it to be a place of encouragement and comfort for the struggling and weary mom. Secondly because, I still don’t know what I think about all of this and am struggling with my own opinions.

That being said, I have a short message of encouragement for those who may be tired, stressed, and just over all this chaos.

The Age-Old Message

Trust in the Lord with all your heart an lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Yes. I just went there and quoted one of the most well known verse in the Bible. But I think we get so tired of the common passages, that they get overlooked and forgotten. And now more than ever we need this reminder.

We need to trust the Lord.

These are unsettling times. Brother is rising up against brother. Buildings are burning. Statues are being pulled down, and a disease is running rampant with no sign of letting up. With all this going on, it’s easy to fall into a cycle of anxiety and worry. It’s easy to feel like we need to take matters into our own hands. It’s easy to feel hopeless. But friends, we must remember. There is nothing we can do but this:

We need to trust the Lord.

This may look like finding comfort by recounting His faithfulness, or spending more time in Bible reading and prayer. It may look like turning off the news and avoiding social media or blasting praise and worship music all day. In other words, it may require you to go to potentially extreme measures to lift your eyes from the earthly chaos to the sovereignty of our heavenly Father. Whatever it takes,

We need to trust the Lord.

Preaching to Myself

As I write this, I am 35 weeks pregnant with our third child. (Another reason why I’ve been so quiet, any free time I get, I’m napping.) As any mother will tell you, the last few weeks of pregnancy seem to drag on for ETERNITY. You are big and uncomfortable. Everything is hurting. The fatigue is back and you just want to hold that little baby that insists on kicking the inside of your belly button every time you try to relax. On top of these normal discomforts, I’ve had 3 family members give birth to their little babes in the last 2 months, making me even more eager, to hold my own little bundle. This has caused me to become mildly depressed as my day seems so far away still and has me googling things like labor prediction quizzes (yes they exist). But today, I am reminding myself:

I need to trust the Lord.

After we discovered that we were having another boy, I honestly, was devastated. I had convinced myself in the week leading up to the reveal that it was a girl. I was sure. But then, the powder from the target that my husband shot was blue. Even though I wanted to be happy, it took everything in me to be excited for this little boy that day. That night, as I was processing through the day, I cried out to God. I didn’t understand his plan for giving me three boys. But I did know this:

I need to trust the Lord.

It’s All We can Do.

So as we continue to face these uncertain times, as we try to navigate where masks are mandatory, as we try to make decisions regarding school for our kids and stress over keeping them safe, as we begin to feel hopeless because everyone seems to contradict each other and we don’t know who to trust, as we face the personal issues of our own life, may we remember this:

WE NEED TO TRUST THE LORD.

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