I ran across this quote in the new Above Rubies magazine by Serene Allison. As I read her article, "A Haven of Rest", God spoke to my heart and peace and understanding started to flood my soul again.
Serene used the analogy of a cocoon. She said "Creatures of mere dust and "worm-like" understanding cannot grasp the reason for our cocoon. All we know is the dark struggle. But in this darkness our Creator is designing beautiful rainbow wings of flight. The pain and battle to push through this black curtain builds our strength. With the first light of blue sky the work is gone and now we are creatures of a high region. Rebuilt to fly. Designed to soar...above the dirt...to see life from a different perspective.
She goes on to say "science explains that if a butterfly is helped to escape its cocoon that it does not grow strong enough from its appointed struggle and will die and not take to the sky. God's love is always there even in our blind cocoons of sorrow."
Is this the purpose? To see life from a different perspective? I saw it the last two weeks. As our oldest son struggled with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, I have learned about a whole other set of parents who deal with mental health issues. I have started to educate myself on this subject. I have had to change my whole view of how I mothered my son. Am I exasperating his condition by putting my own fears upon this child? He is afraid of everything right now, most of them are irrational and don't make sense, but it is real to him. We cry out to God constantly for his healing and for him to get through another day. I was so afraid for my child. What kind of life will he have? Will these terrible thoughts ever go away? How do we get his brain "unstuck". I question. I fret. I am afraid. My trust starts to slip. Does God really know what He is doing?
As this dark cocoon of sorrow and fear wrapped me snug and tight, I started to wrestle. I knew God was sovereign I knew that He had allowed this in my son's life. I kept asking him, "haven't we gone through enough? When are we going to get a break here? When are we going to be allowed to heal? Why does it keep getting worse instead of better? When can we return to our new kind of normal???" I am thankful that my God has big shoulders and He isn't afraid of my questions. I know that if I question Him, He isn't going to be disgusted. He will listen patiently and continue to do His Will in my life. My questions won't change His mind or His plan. He listens and sets me back on the path of peace and hope when I surrender to Him and say, "Not my will, but Yours".
Just two weeks ago I wrote a love letter to my Heavenly Father, then I turned around and let Him write a love letter to me. I read it again yesterday and was astonished to read His Words to me.
Dear Stacie, I love you. I will provide. I will do as I promised. I am the Great Healer. I love your kids more than you do.Trust me with them. I will give you wisdom in every situation as I have always done. I am who I say I am. I will do what I say I can do. I will help you, heal you, lift you up, honor you, and help you walk boldly and confidently in the calling I have for you. I know your name. I see each tear. I have compassion for you. I am here. I am present. I love you, Stacie. I want to take away every fear that sets itself up as a stronghold in your life. Love Your EVER-PRESENT God, Daddy
I now add another label to my blog. "Parenting an OCD Child". Maybe someone else needs to know they are not alone in this. Maybe someone else is seeing "life from a different perspective" and needs to be encouraged. God has not abandoned us. He is working through and through. He is developing a testimony that is full of drama, twists and turns. I will continue to trust Him....
We all know that women are emotional creatures.
Compound that with hormones, lack of sleep, marriage problems, being cooped up
with little people all day, and a general lack of socialization, you have
yourself a recipe for disaster.
Emotions in themselves aren’t bad. I want
to feel things deeply. Part of life is experiencing joy and pain. Take that
away, and it would honestly be a pretty boring life. God gave us emotions for a
reason. God gave us emotions to be managed and used for His glory. God created
us in His image and He, Himself, is often described in Scripture as having
emotions. Unfortunately, when we experience emotions, our hearts always have a
mixture of impurity in them. Because God is holy, His expression of emotion is
always righteous and pure. So the similarities between man and God end at his
infinite character. The fact remains, however, that anger and other emotions are
parts of the raw material in our being. Emotions add zest and passion to what
might otherwise be a mundane existence. This doesn’t mean that the expression of
angry emotions or their frequency or intensity in our daily lives is always
appropriate. Because of our tendency to sin, we sometimes take God’s good gifts
and misuse them. Instead of assuming that anger is evil, we must view it as a
misused asset and learn how to utilize it according to its design.
shared before that I struggle with a few emotions. Anger and impatience seem to
be my “thorn”. I know I will struggle with them the rest of my life and can now
thank God for them because they cause me to be dependent upon Him every single
day of my life. I used to think that I should never be angry. That all anger was
sinful somehow. I was wrong. I have learned that anger and frustration can also
motivate us to do the right thing.
The complexity of emotions requires
that we learn how to manage them, not just react. Anger, just one of the
emotions can be confusing. Proverbs 29:11 says, “A fool gives full
vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”
Control is better than venting. Control allows us to use anger as a tool rather
than a weapon. When we as parents and our children recognize the complexity of
emotions and how to wisely choose which emotion to use in a particular
situation, we will feel anger less intensely and less often.
emotions, such as fear or frustration, increase our energy level, were as other
feelings, like sadness or hopelessness, decrease our energy. Both groups of
emotions have God-ordained purposes. Feelings often motivate us to action or
inaction. Anger is an emotion that increases energy. When we get angry several
things happen inside our body all at the same time. Our heart rate, blood
pressure, and rate of breathing increase. Blood sugar levels rise, our pupils
dilate, and our muscles become tense. Our adrenal glands release adrenaline, and
our awareness intensifies. All of these reactions are designed by God to prepare
us to fight an actual physical threat or run from it. We may not be faced with
imminent danger, but a physical response occurs in our body when our children
threaten our peace. When we are angry, we’re more motivated to solve problems,
confront offenders or make a change in our lives. Most of us can control the
physical responses of anger, but we still struggle with our
It is a life-style of anger that Scripture condemns, not
anger itself. Some people become addicted to that extra energy that
anger provides. They thrive on it. It wakes them up in the morning and carries
them through the day. I’ve been there and done that and it is NOT fun. You can
only exist like that so long without feeling like you are losing your
Remember anger is usually caused by these five
Understanding the five causes of
anger can help you relate to your family. Each time you feel angry, stop for a
minute and try to identify which of these is the cause.
I found this to
be solid and biblical advice. I am trying to practice this daily and I am slowly
seeing some old habits being broken.
From One Mom to Another,
*These concepts are taken from the book "Good and Angry" by Scott
Turansky and Joanne Miller.
"Show me your way , oh Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." -Psalm 25:4-5 My Mission for this BLOG is to bring glory to God as I share what He is teaching me as I raise my children for Him. I want to encourage mothers all around the world to hang in there! Motherhood is tough, challenging and gritty. But through Christ's strength and the support of other moms who are in the trenches, I will keep pressing towards the goal to raise Godly children. Please feel free to leave comments. It blesses me so much! You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball