I’m on the other end of the playground these days. I don’t do playdates anymore. And it’s okay. Sometimes, though, I see that one woman who looks like I used to look. She’s so tired. Her kids are screaming, the baby’s crying, and she’s alone. I see her eyes, and I recognize myself.
So, I take the opportunity to look into her eyes and say, “You’re doing holy work, you know. It’s hard, the days are long, but the work is good. It will get easier, and you’ll look back and see accomplishment. I promise to pray for you today.”
It takes almost no time at all, but when motivated by love for Him and with intention to bless in His Name, the impact is staggering. We don’t always see the fruit this side of heaven, but I imagine, sometimes, how moments like this might play out in eternity:
I’d had a horrible week. They were draining every last drop from me, and I couldn’t imagine going on and on and on. But, then, you said that; you took the time to see me—and you didn’t judge me. You prayed for me. I saw Jesus in your eyes. Thank you.
Yes, we are powerful, moms, because He is powerful, and He lives in us. We have the opportunity to lift or crush. It takes much more courage to lift; crushing is cowardly. It’s the stuff of this world, not of our Savior.
This world isn’t a playground; it’s a battlefield. And even in the floor-sweeping, laundry-folding, face-wiping, baby-feeding moments, we are warriors. It’s impossible to imagine on most days, and the enemy prowls and seeks desperately to discourage and derail us. But, I am convinced as we heed our calling to train our children, love them as best we can, shelve ourselves, and thus, show them Christ, we stand at the door of our homes, and say, Not today, devil. Not this home.
Further, let’s commit to protecting one another. To being an encourager. To being builders. To saying the words Spirit lays on our hearts. Just open your mouth. And I will, too.
So, eyes up, knees knelt, hands empty, sisters. We’ve got work to do.
I pray, Father, that even today, You'd push me to her—that young one with young ones who needs encouragement. And give me Your words. Let her see You in me. Strengthen her. Strengthen me to boldness in your Name. Equip us with spiritual battle gear. Grace us with holy vision in holy work. And, thank You, for entrusting us. In Your Son's beautiful name, Amen.