Unshakable Moms–Just Be Held

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Last week, I came across this Reading Plan on YouVersion.com. It was a huge blessing to me. And it’s good for those who aren’t moms too…if you know a mom…or you’re struggling with insecurities, this is a great 6 day reading plan. I challenge you to read the whole chapter of Scripture instead of just the couple of verses on the daily reading to get fuller context and deepen your time in the Word.

Some of my favorite quotes from the devotionals:

“So often, I set my feet upon my circumstances. It’s easy to do, because we naturally make agreements with what we can touch and see. …But we’re not called to live by human nature. We are called to walk by the Spirit, and in order to do that we have to stand on a sure foundation. One that’s been tested and approved. One we know won’t ever be shaken by the quaking and shifting of life. If we stand on what we can see with human eyes, we will constantly shift with an ever changing world. That’s not a life anchored in Jesus. …He is the security we are called to build our lives upon.”

“If you want to be an unshakable, joyful, kingdom building mom, you need only follow Jesus. He is the expert, and He’s already carried the burden upon His shoulders. Breathe deeply of His grace today and walk confidently knowing He is building something incredible in you.”

“Sometimes life feels like those precious toddler masterpieces that hang (or once hung) on your refrigerator; a myriad of colorful scribbles. It’s pretty, but it’s hard to make out what it’s supposed to be. It’s wild and tenacious and a little overwhelming. Even the best and most fruitful seasons can catch you off guard. …It is so comforting and so hopeful to know that no matter the season, one thing will always remain True. One thing will never change. Jesus is the Trustworthy Rock you can lean on. …When all you see are scribbles on a page, He sees the finished masterpiece. Don’t lean on your own finite understanding. Trust His infinite wisdom. Lean on His Everlasting Love.”

“We’ve been talking about building an unshakable foundation. One that can stand the test of time, that is built firmly on the word of God. But are you safeguarding for when the storms come? Because it’s inevitable, the storms of life will come. It’s easy to say you’re unshakable when all is well, but we know that storms are coming or maybe you’re in one now. …Are you ready to stand fearless in your storm? Stand firm in the beautiful truth that Christ has already conquered them all!”

I was challenged to dig deeper into the Word now, building my foundation in Christ and His Word, so that as life gets messy and shaky, intense and insecure–as it inevitably will in this fallen world–that foundation will be able to be unshakable.

I heard this song on the radio several times over the last week, while I was reading this study, and it seemed to fit perfectly:

“Just Be Held” by Casting Crowns (emphasis added to key phrases that stuck out to me)

“Hold it all together;
Everybody needs you strong;
But life hits you out of nowhere
And barely leaves you holding on.

And when you’re tired of fighting,
Chained by your control,
There’s freedom in surrender;
Lay it down and let it go.

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away,
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held.
Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place.
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held,
Just be held, just be held.

If your eyes are on the storm,
You’ll wonder if I love you still;
But if your eyes are on the cross,
You’ll know I always have and I always will.

And not a tear is wasted.
In time, you’ll understand
I’m painting beauty with the ashes.
Your life is in My hands.

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away,
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held.
Your worlds not falling apart, its falling into place.
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held,
Just be held, just be held.

Lift your hands, lift your eyes.
In the storm is where you’ll find Me.
And where you are, I’ll hold your heart.
I’ll hold your heart.
Come to Me, find your rest
In the arms of the God who won’t let go.

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away,
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held.
Your worlds not falling apart, its falling into place.
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held (stop holding on and just be held),
Just be held, just be held, just be held, just be held.”

To be unshakable, we must be willing to release control and surrender our lives to the Sovereign Jesus. Easier said than done, I know. But He’s in control anyway, and striving to control the details of life is ultimately futile. And there is rest and peace and joy and freedom in leaving everything–big and small–in the hands of our good and gracious Father. May you find that freedom in His unshakable foundation today.

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