Beer or Prayer

When motherhood wears you beyond thin, it’s hard to know what to do or to whom to turn. Reaching for the chocolate, making an extra cup of coffee, watching a new show, sipping on wine, or browsing the latest Pinterest trends just don’t cut it, as much as we hope they do. If only those things could actually make us feel truly better.

There is a mom who found something that worked. Her name was Hannah. She wanted a baby; a precious child to care for and to raise up in the Lord. But year after year she could not conceive. She was depressed. Instead of searching for the next quick fix, she cried out to God.

This is how she responds when Eli the prophet sees her in the temple and confronts her about what she is doing.

Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” 1 Samuel 1:15-1

Hannah looked so distraught that Eli assumed she was drunk. Hannah was doing something much better than blurring her pain with drink, though. She was so broken down that the only thing she could do was to cry out to her Lord in prayer, to manifest her complete raw and depressed nature.

We can all learn from Hannah. We can be real with God; he already knows our deepest woes and struggles. He hears us, every time. He loves us, and he will answer, just like he did for Hannah. God helped Hannah conceive and blessed her with a baby boy.

Dear Mama,

I struggle just like you. Way too often I try and blur my pain or difficult situation with drinks or other distractions. But the only thing that has truly worked for me is prayer. When I am so distraught that I cannot seem to lift myself out of the dark, I ask the One who is much more powerful to give me a helping hand. Jesus brings light into my life. He can do that for you, too.

Sweet Words: Offering Encouragement Can be Simple and Effective

To anyone who is overwhelmed, sad, anxious, fearful, or depressed, helpful words can go a long way. If you know of a mom (or anyone) who could use some encouragement, do not hesitate to share a few kind thoughts. A simple text or email can go a long way. Saying things like “you sure are doing a good job” or “your child is so blessed to have you as a mommy” or “you’re a beautiful mom” will do WONDERS for her. Here is a Bible verse based on the importance of sharing words.

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:2

King Solomon reminds us of the power of words through his wise proverb. Talking is easy, and sharing some kind words doesn’t take long at all. It brings sweet joy to the recipient.

We all need encouragement. Since none of us are perfect, it helps to have a good chunk of grace thrown our way as we do our best to work, live, and have relationships. Know that polite comments and kind compliments are very helpful. And remember that Jesus offers the best grace of all. It’s sweet!