You Are Good Enough

Hey y’all! I wanted to first and foremost apologize for being MIA the past week! All three of my boys have been sick — Thing 1 had a virus he picked up from school starting Tuesday last week, Thing 2 had an ear infection, and Thing 3 had a double ear infection and RSV — so that exhausted all of us leaving me over-done and by the time I was able to sit down to blog I was nodding at the laptop! On top of that, my crazy unorganized self scheduled to work 3 days this week while my prime super sitter (my own mother) was out of town! Oops! Several times this week I felt like I am not doing life right, especially with a family of 5 now. And that leads me to this new blog post…

Do you ever sit and wonder, “AM I ENOUGH?” Whether it be for your work, your kids, your husband, your parents, your friends, your dog? No matter what you do and how much you try to stay ahead and no matter how clean the house is [or isn’t in my case] or even if you do everything perfectly, you’re not enough. I feel like this almost constantly, 24/7. I’ve come to decide it is one thing and one thing only that causes me to feel this way — Satan. He has it out for mama’s like you and me, women like you and me (for those who do not yet have children). Women who strive to do the best and be pleasing to God but can’t seem to get a grip on getting our earthly life right.

{Small disclaimer, I again will mention that I am NOT perfect by any means, I am not the best Christian woman that I can be, I sometimes cuss a little and break commandments and yell at my kids or my husband or random people who don’t use their blinker…I am giving my *opinion* and that is all that is, I’m not a formal writer or have a Master’s degree in Jesus or anything for that matter. BUT, I know that I am redeemed and I have been saved by grace, so that being said…}

Life goes on and there will undeniably be trials almost daily. Whether it be a sick kid coughing and crying all night long testing your every ounce of patience or it may be looking at your calendar wrong and really screwing up your schedule putting others in a bind to help you out. It could even be burning the bread for dinner and not eating until 8 o’clock at night when everybody is supposed to be in bed. These little happenings are usually not a big deal but when they start piling up they become overwhelming. Being overwhelmed plus sleep deprivation is usually never good for me, but sometimes I get a glimpse of the bigger picture when I’m off daydreaming in lalaland. As I’ve heard in sermons before, Satan is prowling like a lion waiting … just waiting to make you believe you are worthless and sorry at life and a horrible human being, a horrible mother/friend/daughter/wife. He is sitting back in the disguise of Facebook and Instagram and even Pinterest where everyone posts that life is all rainbows and unicorns and cotton candy. He is all over TV and the radio, sometimes in the workplace, out at the Walmarts. He’s in our very presence wanting us to believe that we are not good enough, we are not worthy to be parents and we are going to ruin our kids before they finish kindergarten [that’s where we’re at now.]

I must admit, I believed him. Having dealt with depression over the last 12 years {that will be another post one day} it’s really easy to believe that I’m not good enough. That I suck at life. That I’m a horrible adult and unorganized and sloppy and a bad mama. I believed him this week. And then I snapped back to reality. I am a saved woman, I have the Lord on my side and I know that no matter how Satan gets to me, I am free from his lies. I lack confidence in myself as a born again Christian, I know it in my heart and I have no reason to feel this way but it’s a struggle. I know that I am GOOD ENOUGH and I am LOVED and I am CHERISHED and I am WANTED. God instructs us to think about things that are lovely and pure and true ((sadly close to NONE of the things I have thought this past week have been that)) and not to focus on things here on earth. Even though we’ve been feeling down and out I have to be careful when I get on IG and FB and look at everybody else’s happy-go-lucky lives and I can’t compare myself and my family to everybody else or Satan gets an open invitation to waltz on in to make me believe his lies once again.

I guess my biggest message here is that I am good enough. You are good enough. You can’t compare yourself to others. You can’t let Satan in to bring you down and further from the cross. Even if you’re reading this and you’re not a believer of Christ, know that you are good enough when you feel like you have every reason to believe you are not.

I so wish I had a better way of working with my words. I hope that this message was not too spacey and difficult to read. Every day I have thought to blog and I wasn’t sure what I’d write about but I hope that just one person reads the four little words {I AM GOOD ENOUGH} and that helps you get through to relief of some sort (be it enough sleep or an important deadline, etc). I hope to encourage someone tonight. I want to share this SERMON that I’ve listened to at least 3 times that I hope is a blessing to someone. Also, know that Jesus loves you and He always has your back!

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