So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16‬

Ask any mama about her post-pregnancy body and she will most likely roll her eyes. It takes a while to bounce back to our “normal” selves and then, when we do, there’s not always a lot of time to “keep up appearances.” For me, getting ready in the morning consists of scrambling to look presentable enough for work OR throwing on a baseball cap and leggings to get the kids to school on time.

And yet, on the inside, the Holy Spirit has been at work. Since the day I found out I was pregnant until now — two kids later — I’ve been in this growth process of dying to myself, learning to trust God with everything (my marriage, my children, our finances — there has been no stone left unturned!), and practicing unconditional love.

I’m thankful for the difficult work of following Christ while being a mama to our two children. In 2 Corinthians 4:1 and 16, Paul says “we do not lose heart.” Mama, if you are feeling like a mess on the outside today — from three days without a decent shower or the stress of navigating our crazy world — I encourage you: DO NOT LOSE HEART! Seek Jesus step-by-step, trust Him moment-by-moment, and love your family in a way that demonstrates the gospel. In these day-by-day steps of obedience, God is shaping you and molding you to look more like Himself. Our inner self is preparing to worship God for eternity — and the added bonus: our outer selves are going to be pretty perfect, too.

Press on, Mama!

Jill

More Moments in the Word:

So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, our power to all those to come. Psalm 71:18

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:20-21

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:77

To Consider this Week:

What is one thing God has taught you about Himself since becoming a mama?

What is one discouraging thing about life right now that makes it hard to keep going?

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