Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:11

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Last week I sat across from a friend, talking about the unexpected hardships of raising a “threenager”. In the middle of our conversation, she sighed and said, “I keep longing for the next season, the next stage, thinking it will be easier. But what I really need  is to suit up–put on the Armor of God–and fully engage in this season, no matter how hard it is.”

Her words pierced my heart. I deeply identify with the longing she referred to. How often have I wished to fast-forward life (just six months, maybe a year) to a time when they’re sleeping better, or potty-trained, or no longer throwing tantrums?

But wouldn’t Satan just love for us to wish this time away and miss everything God has for us here?

I believe my friend is right. The key to this season of motherhood is not waiting for the future or wishing for an easier time. It’s leaning in and suiting up. It’s putting on our belt of truth and body armor of righteousness; our shoes of peace and shield of faith; our helmet of salvation and sword of the Spirit!

We dare to embrace the hardships of this season, knowing God has given us everything we need to face it and live it well.

Mama, will you join me? Will you resist the devil’s schemes–meant only to weaken and destroy you? Will you instead, choose life and dawn the armor God gave you to endure this season well? You can do hard things, Mama. You can do them in Christ.

Press on, Mama!

Mary Kathryn

More Moments in the Word:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. Ephesians 6:12-17

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

To Consider this Week:

What is the hardest part of motherhood for you right now?

Which piece of the Armor of God could be your greatest defense when facing that hardship?

What would it look like to put on that armor today?

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