Monday, February 27, 2017

Strength from Weakness

James and Ellie Carr

She is so perfect. Okay, so maybe I'm a little biased, but come on.

Daily I wonder if I'm doing what's best for her. Am I hovering too much as her mom? None of the other kids she plays with have parents that hover like I do- most have no parent to speak of, yet they have mastered skills coordination far beyond Riley's abilities.

Then I'm reminded by her missing front tooth and the thin red scar on her chin of the times I wasn't there to catch her. I see her frequent battles with the colds, stomach bugs, and lice that constantly circulate through everyone living in the walls of the children's home. 

There is so much to this parenting thing that I have no answers to. What I know I can count on are God's promises. When He said, "Follow Me," He didn't say it would be easy, and it hasn't. But He also didn't say, "Follow Me until you have kids, and then I'll take back seat for them."

What He did say is that no matter where He calls us He would go before us. Not only that, but He would be with us on our journey- through the mountain tops AND the valleys, through proud parenting moments AND the tears.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11
I think about how His promise in Jeremiah 29:11 not only applies to me, but to her as well. He has great plans for her- not to harm her, but to prosper her. He has plans for her future as well as for mine.

Life isn't easy.

Parenting isn't easy.

But I know whose side I'm on.

And He is for me.

And Riley.

And He is for you too.

But we have to be all in.

Sold out for Him.

I don't have all the answers as a parent, and I make mistakes- a lot of them. But thankfully I serve a God who has all the answers and shows me grace in my weaknesses. In spite of the pressures of social media, peers, and the enemy, my hope as a mom is in a God who is greater. In that I take comfort.

Guatemala Intermissions Conference 2017
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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

James and Ellie Carr / Author & Editor

James and Ellie Carr have been missionaries in Gautemala since 2014 and write to share their feelings and how they have experienced God's goodness and mercy on the mission field.


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