These are the days! (Ecclesiastes 9:7-12) Mothering is a stressful job. There’s just no way around that. It’s physically demanding, and it takes us on a roller coaster ride of emotions. The kicker is that while we’re doing it we’re expected to carry out an endless number of additional roles: Wife, daughter, friend, church member, soccer coach, parent-teacher volunteer, informed citizen, cautious consumer…But when you’re feeling overwhelmed, just take a few minutes and meditate on these verses. It’s a love letter from God! It encourages us to seize life’s opportunities and use them to the fullest in serving Him! Doesn’t that help put things in perspective? Angie Peters

Ecclesiastes 9 is about how short our time is on earth and that while we are here we should do our Godly work with gusto. For us mothers that work includes raising children, which can be both wonderfully rewarding and incredibly difficult, often at the same moment. In these days of constant social media and YouTube stars it often seems like we are the only people out there that don’t have our lives completely together. This YouTube mom has kids in every activity, cooks nutritious meals every day, home schools her brilliant children and holds down a part time, non-profit job. That mommy blogger always looks perfect, never a hair out of place, her three young children look like models for Gap Kids, they are always smiling, and she has time to publish recipes, take beautiful photography, and sew herself cute retro clothing. It’s easy to feel inadequate.

I was a moderately successful mommy blogger for a while. I called myself a domestic goddess. My blog was good. It got sponsorships, people liked my photography, I put a lot of work into it. And I crafted an imaginary world for all of my readers to see. While I was open about the struggles I was facing they were downplayed as I published my version of a home utopia that I desperately wanted. At the same time I was struggling through crushing, debilitating depression and anxiety, home life issues that sometimes seemed insurmountable, poverty, and an overwhelming amount of shame and hurt. Being a wife and mom is difficult, hard work and many of us are also dealing with our own demons. A relationship with Jesus can help.

As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you. – Isaiah 66:13 God will comfort you through the difficult days of your life.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13 Life can be freaking overwhelming. God never throws anything at us that he can’t get us through. He gives us unbelievable strength in the most desperate of times.

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” – Isaiah 41:13 During the most overwhelming times (and also the quiet, calm ones), God is beside you, holding your hand, guiding you, helping you through.

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. – Philippians 2:14-15 Hide it under a bushel? NO! Everything that you do, from reading bedtime stories to cleaning up your baby after their latest blow-out (you know what I’m talking about) is done for God first, so clean up that baby like you would if the Lord were watching you. You are raising our future generations; shine your light for them.

Teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom. -Psalm 90:12 Believe in the truths of these verses. What you are doing, from wiping noses to running children to soccer and music practice to bandaging scrapes and bruises, is important, kingdom work. God it with you all of your days, He will give you the strength that you need and love you as His precious child in the process.