I am just a mom. I change diapers. I cook meals. I traverse mounds of laundry in a futile attempt to keep clean and folded clothes in everyone’s dressers. I kiss boo-boos. I snuggle and sing lullabies. I dust … okay, so maybe that’s a pipe dream, but someday … it *could* happen. Did I mention I have six children?!! But I digress.
I have spent 14 years as a mother and I have always felt like I had nothing to offer this world in that role. Yes, yes. I am ministering to my children. Yes, yes. I am investing into the future. But let’s be honest. I just know that when the world looks at me, they see “just a mom,” rockin’ my spit up stained t-shirt and pajama pants with exhausted eyes. Did I even get a shower today?
Then God stepped down into my little world and turned everything upside down. In one powerful meeting, God woke me up to the truth that being “just a mom” is the very thing He is going to use in me to accomplish great and mighty things for His Kingdom and in this world.
If you have been following our story, you know that we met 10 Ukrainian orphans at a ministry called Bridges of Faith out of Billingsley, Alabama in June. It was there that God completely crushed *crushed* our hearts for orphans and the truth of James 1:27 – that we are commanded to care for widows and orphans if we want our faith to matter in this world. We are following God’s call for our family to adopt up to six Ukrainian orphans. God used these beautiful, beautiful children to open my eyes to the truth that being a mom is of infinite value to His heart and His plan of redemption in this world. Not a passive role, but an active calling.
I was recently reminded of the early life of David, the shepherd. He was a protector of sheep and had a trusty weapon to defeat enemies – his sling and stones. He had defeated various foes in his years as a shepherd. The time came when young David would see an opportunity to bring glory to God by defeating a foe so great than no other man would step up to fight – Goliath. He would gloriously defeat Goliath, not with the king’s armor and weapons, but with his tried and true sling and stone.
God spoke into my heart a beautiful truth. There is a way that I have been bringing God glory for years. Tried and trusted, I am a mom. Not “just a mom,” I am a mama to six incredible children. The world may look at me as a mom and … well, quite honestly I am hardly seen, more like overlooked! I am sure David’s sling and stone would have been trampled over on a soldier’s way to grasping a “real weapon.”
Adopting six more children – this is my Goliath. The world – just like the Israelite army with David – looks at the global issue of orphans and just stands back, paralyzed by the enormity of the challenge. No doubt over 150 MILLION orphans IS an enormous challenge. But God. God showed me that the very thing He has developed in me year after year, stretch mark after stretch mark (can I get an amen?!), child after child – this “just a mom” is the very role He would use to defeat one of the Goliath’s of our day.
As far as my understanding of Scripture, Goliath had other brothers on that battlefield that day. David was not called to defeat the entire Philistine army – but to defeat ONE – and that made all the difference that day. SO while I cannot save every orphan – God has called us to rescue six. And with my tried and trusted “not just a mom” self, by God’s grace, we will redeem each one – for HIS glory.
So, you moms reading this – know – I mean really know – you have never been “just a mom.” You are a tried and trusted hero in God’s Kingdom. He may never call your family to adopt – but He does have an amazing destiny for you as a mom and for your family. I just wanted to share that encouragement – from one mom to another. I see you – but most importantly – God sees you AND He values you. Every moment you felt like you weren’t good enough – every time you felt unworthy, unvalued, unseen – think of little David and that sling and stone who would grow to be an incredible King (not without fault, of course) and be called a man after God’s own heart. You matter to the King of kings and you matter to His purposes in this world. Rise, daughter of the Most High and know that you are precious – so precious in His sight. Mamas – we have a grand purpose in this world. Rise up and know that He will defeat many foes through you. Our motherhood can be a gift lived out for the glory of God to raise up a generation dedicated to God, an act of worship that the world can see and know that there is a God who is active and calling out to them. Mama, do not let the enemy steal the joy in your identity. God is worthy, and your role as mother is of highest value to the Kingdom.
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”