Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
We all face times in life that can seem overwhelming and where we can become inundated with thoughts and feelings of inadequacy. Oxford dictionary defines the word inadequate as “lacking the quality or quantity required; insufficient for a purpose.”
As a single mother, I’ve always wanted to make sure that my children were well taken care of. At times, I’d become overwhelmed with feelings of inadequacy, “How was I, a young mom, going to be able to juggle the demands of raising a family….alone?” I came to realize that those feelings of inadequacy were fear disguised.
The Bible is filled with accounts of people who just like you and me dealt with these same types of thoughts. A constant theme woven throughout scripture is God saying to His children, “Do not be afraid….You’re not alone…I am with you in this.” As a parent, I’ve said this to my own children, “Come on…you can do it…I’ll catch you.” In both cases, the child must enter that place of trust….confident that they will not be let down.
Rather than carrying the burden of single-parenting, I decided to grab a hold of some of the promises I found in the Bible that would build my faith and trust in God in this area. In doing this, I’ve become confident in God’s love and care for me and as a result have seen His faithfulness time and again.
When we are grounded in His love for us, fear doesn’t stand a chance! More on this tomorrow….☕