If you think back on the basic principles you were raised with, what comes to mind?
I was taught to always help others in their time of need. Whatever you can do to help others, because helping others will soothe your soul as well as theirs.
At the beginning of September a few members of our family stepped up to the role of being caretakers for my grandparents.
My children are young and two out of the three that are home with me full time have been staying with my mother in law a much larger portion of the time than I would have liked, and our youngest stayed with me while I stayed my nights and days. But, we all made sacrifices to do what needed to be done.
I am first and foremost a mother, and I love my children dearly, but I also love my grandparents and know that they needed help.
I missed Alvi’s first steps, the kids run to their dad when they get hurt, and my kids are completely complacent spending their days with their grandma.
Should someone go out of their way to help you, lift you up, make sure your needs are met before their own, please remember to show them kindness and grace in return.
We don't always share our battles with others because we feel the need to keep up a facade. We may look weak if we are struggling or need help. But, God specifically tells us to turn to Him in our time of need. That includes asking for prayers, admitting we struggle, and that at times we need help, especially from Him.
We can lift each other up in prayer. be lights for one another, and lend a helping hand. We can lead each other back to God when we start to stray with the stress and burdens of life. We were never meant to carry them alone.
On both ends of the spectrum, this is time I will never be able to get back. These things cannot be relived, the moments have passed. There isn't a thing I would change, but choosing to lighten the load is making a world of a difference.
Sacrifice is a lot for anyone, but it feels especially hard for mothers. We sacrifice so much and some days we get so little, if anything in return. We question whether or not what we're doing is worth it.
I am here to remind you it is worth it. So worth it. Get up everyday and continue to make the right choices, do the right thing even when no one is looking, and set your sights high.
God sees us and He knows our hearts better than we know them ourselves. He created us to be who we are. He hears our silent prayers, our quiet pleas for help, and he knows the words that go with our tears when we can't find them ourselves.
Turn to Him in your darkest hours, and watch the light come flooding in. No matter how far we wander, He never leaves us. We are never really alone, no matter how it may feel.
If you've been feeling lonely whether you are surrounded by others or completely on your own, turn your eyes and heart to God. You will see you have never been alone. He will fill even the darkest holes with light, and lift you to higher ground.