4. God Cares about You

Worry can feel like an ever-present burden that accompanies motherhood. It starts the second we find out we’re going to be parents and never seems to go away. We don’t have to carry this burden alone!

1 Peter 5:7 says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” God invites you to give Him your worries.

Often, we feel that a mother’s vigilance, forethought, and presence are the best fail-safe to prevent our kids from experiencing harm. Unfortunately, we allow prayer to take second-place to our own hard work and dependability as mothers. Pride likes to offer us a false sense of security in our own abilities to buffer our families from difficulty.

Hard work is important, but a truth that stings for most of us moms is that despite our best efforts, protecting our children from all harm is beyond our ability. We really have no choice but to surrender their futures over to God. This reality is both humbling and terrifying!

Thankfully, God tells us that He cares about the birds, the lilies, and the grass; but he cares about you even more (Matthew 6:26-34).

Ultimately, our children are God’s. He alone knows their full story. We can trust His word when He says He is going to work that story out for good (Romans 8:28).

How then do we control-freak mommas begin to hand those worries over? We know they aren’t ours to carry and that God is the only one able to truly protect them. We can start turning our relentless worries into prayer cries for our kids. We tell God we are freaked out and we need His help!

That’s what He really wants from us, to be in it with us. He’s a relational God and it matters to Him that we ask for His help and lean on His strength and understanding for our lives.

God’s word is filled with encouraging truths that offer comfort to us as we navigate motherhood in an often uncertain and scary world. You can stand on those truths, pray them over your heart, and over the lives of your children.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

No matter what our circumstances we can find peace in knowing that God is our great Comforter!

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Amanda Idleman is a writer whose passion is to encourage others to live joyfully. She writes devotions for the Daily Bible Devotions App, she has work published with Her View from Home, also for the MOPS Blog, and is a regular contributor for Crosswalk.com. You can find out more about Amanda on her blog or follow her on Instagram.