Thursday, March 10, 2011


I really hate how the devil constantly tries to knock you down with lies. Lies that sneak into your mind on days when you're exhausted or feeling a little overwhelmed.
The devil really does stink.

Just recently, I've been a little tuckered out from: waking up with Jasper for a few extra night feedings, preparing for the children's church activities, my Dad doing really really badly regarding his cancer, homeschooling the kids, after school sports, being a pastor's wife, preparing for the married's retreat we had at our church, fixing up the yard, keeping the home picked up/ can all be very overwhelming.

Needless to say...I really do love my life, our large family, and all the responsibilities and pressures that go along with it; It can still be real challenging for any Mommy, I think.

But then something happens and the devil sneaks up behind you and starts telling you that you don't do enough, or that you don't do it good enough. What a liar he is.

He's a thief who wants to steal our joy as mommies. To make us believe we're not teaching and raising our children correctly. To want us to think that someone else could do it better then us. And so on.

I know these things are not true, yet I too will stop and begin to listen to these lies at times. And when I do that, my drive to be the wife and mother I should be begins to slow down and become dampened with doubts. That's exactly the enemy's intent. And yet he fools me time and time again when I am exhausted or overwhelmed or frustrated.

I told you he stinks!

I completely know that I am the keeper of the home and that I am in charge of what goes on inside. And I definitely do not need to let that lying deceiving spirit into my home. I have victory in Jesus and the devil wants nothing more than to undermine and destroy what God has done or is doing.

I cannot let him get a foot in my door any longer. When I begin to feel discouraged, I know where I need to turn. I need to get a stronger hold on God. He's the only one capable of turning that huge ship around which is me going in the wrong direction. We seem to forget that its only God who can get me out of that hole of discouragement. He knows everything and He'll help me even to change the way I think including my very thought process. Amazing.


Kelly said...

Thank you for this encouragement!

my cup of tea said...

You are so right! Amen!

No Ordinary Me said...

Ohhh how I know this all to well. Thanks for the encouragement.

Anonymous said...

Definatly don't let him in the house...just take a coffee and look at the pictures and writing here about your toadies and see their smiles to know what a great job you are doing...and if you are tired do an alternative day of schooling...playing games, watching documentaries...everyone needs to slow down and do the minimum house and school sometimes...mum and will refreash you all. They are learning all the time.

Praying for you all
shelley p
from over the pond

Design It Chic said...

This post was such an encouraging one. Thanks alot! And you're truly doing an amazing job raising your pretty family. His name is definitely glorified through what you do! I am now following you thanks to Friday Blog Hop, and it would be so nice if you could share the love back on my blog;)
Also today we have the coolest blog hop there is... no rules just fun and would love you to join in with us at Boost My Blog Friday, where you can meet lots of friends and have a great time:) See you there!
Happy Friday

Mama Chocolate said...

Love your blog! I just stumbled upon it, looking through the link-up at Wise Woman!

Jo said...

I'm your newsest follower, I'm visiting from The Picket Fence.

Yes the Devil is a liar!!! Big Time!

Your post is so true! And we must stand on the promises:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. (Isaiah 43:1b-3a)

You were many hats,you are an amazing lady!


At The Picket Fence said...

Amen! This was such a wonderful post to link up to our Inspiration Friday party and we are so glad you joined in. I have noticed lately that when I start getting discouraged and down on myself (believing the LIE) I look to God for strength and guidance and yet when all is going well and the kids are getting along I somehow think that I can take all the credit for it and don't acknowledge His grace! That is the challenge for me lately...not to only look to Him in the valleys or the mountain tops but also in the middle ground when things are just cruising along. Thank you so much for your truth filled words! :-)

confessionsofafoodaholic said...

This is exactly how I feel. It's like you wrote my very own thoughts.

alison said...

oh the lies we believe...i certainly listen to them every once in a while, but words like these encourage me and bolster my resolve to block them out...thanks so much for sharing on fridays unfolded.


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