I Must Tell Jesus, by Elisha A. Hoffman
I must tell Jesus all of my trials;
I cannot bear these burdens alone;
In my distress He kindly will help me;
He ever loves and cares for His own.
Tempted and tried I need a great Savior,
One who can help my burdens to bear;
I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus;
He all my cares and sorrows will share
Some recent links to help you take heart in growing your family:
1. Too many days I’ve had to pray for God to edit out my words and actions from the memories of my children. I know the anguish in this post all too well, when Ann Voskamp writes: “She says she’s damaged him. As if you can throw a kid a glare that punches him in the gut so hard you chip off a bit of his fragile soul. Ask me how I know.”
2. When Amanda Williams opened up about her own “verbal storm,” and the realization that she could either get help or destroy her daughter with her words, I think a lot of us mothers breathed a sigh of relief that we’re not the only ones who have felt like we’re over the edge.
3. Here, Amber Haines shares just how vulnerable we mothers can feel while taking care of our children in times of sickness, and how we can find peace when we pour out what we’d think would sustain us, knowing that God is sustaining instead.
4. I’ve had Brene Brown’s “Daring Greatly” on request at the library since the beginning of the year and it just came in! Here, my friend Anne shares a “Daring Greatly” excerpt about how the look we put on our face when a child enters the room can make or break the scene. Little changes, big impact. I’m really looking forward to reading the book myself!
5. My long-time friend, Tristi, writes about what to do with the imperfections that surface in motherhood (and marriage) as she leads a study of the book, “No More Perfect Moms,” by Jill Savage.
6. Message in a Mason Jar reader, Ali, shares how God taught her to “feed on His faithfulness” as she struggled with infertility. Interestingly, the Psalm she chose to share is one that greatly ministered to me in a time when I was worried about the future and didn’t know whether I should try for more children.
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This post is part of our Take Heart series. This week we’re talking about everything from infertility to parenting woes.
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