I am so excited to share this post with you, friend! Eryn Lynum, author of 936 Pennies, wrote this piece with you in mind. I have been blessed to receive an advanced copy of this book, and I am loving it. It is convicting and encouraging. Enjoy this post and go buy this amazing parenting resource! Link is in the post.
It might just be the most sanctifying work I have done.
No, no it is. I am certain of that. This parenting job, it is not for the faint of heart. And yet, isn’t that what so many of us feel as we do this day-in-day-out work of raising humans?
We feel faint. Weary. Taxed. And done—so done. Before dinnertime.
Moms, dads, caregivers—you are not alone in this struggle. We are a community, a camaraderie, a fellowship, an army battling together to raise this next generation.
And each and every one of us is prone to fatigue. Deeper than that even, to feeling absolutely spent and depleted, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Are you there today?
I have been there so many days. More days rather than not, in fact. Whether we wake in the morning feeling completely unprepared for another day, or the afternoon finds us spent and in dire need of a break, or evening finds us questioning how we invested the day, and how we’ll rise to face another tomorrow.
Parents—this work is not about us.
It is about God shaping and molding and loving and guiding these little ones He loves.
And He just so happens to invite us into that beautiful work. And the beauty, so often, is found in the struggle. It is not only those little ones He is shaping—it is us.
“And for this purpose I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.” (Colossians 1:28-29)
It is God who sees you right where you are in this moment. He knows that deep ache of fatigue, and the overwhelm of questions filling your mind. And He enters in. He’s not afraid of our ugly moments. He wants to meet us there with His power, grace, and strength.
“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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Hear this, fellow weary parent: God wants to prove to us in our weakest moments that He is enough for this season. He has called you to that child for a reason, chosen you specifically. And He will not leave you alone after that call.
Are you wading through deep waters of doubt today, questioning whether God chose the right person for this sacred work?
Are you plagued by questions that seem to have no answers, ones that greatly impact how you move forward in this work?
Is today wrecking you?
Is this week leaving you completely poured out?
Sometimes these are the places we need to be. These are the rough edges of parenthood that God uses to bring us to our knees, and to guide us into a sweet dependency on Him.
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful.” (1 Timothy 1:12)
Dear parent reading these words and grasping for a morsel of hope today, take heart. It is Him who gives us strength. Not because He looked down and saw us and thought, oh, they’ll be perfect for the job! I know that was not my case, anyways. But rather because He looked into our hearts and thought, I can work with this. I will work with this. And it will be beautiful.
And He will, friend. He will bring beauty out of the struggle. Hold on, wait and see, it’s going to be beautiful. But don’t hold your breath—because it will take some time. Breathe easy knowing that He is using each and every day—every one of our 936 weeks—to shape these children, and us.
Eryn Lynum’s Bio:
“Eryn Lynum is author of the book 936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting. She lives in Northern Colorado with her husband and three boys, where they spend their time hiking, camping, and exploring the Rocky Mountains. She loves to travel and share at conferences, churches, and writers’ groups. But every opportunity she gets, she is out exploring God’s creation with her family, and sharing the journey at www.ErynLynum.com“