Saturday, January 24, 2015

Holding Each Other Up

"Moses' arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset." - Exodus 17:12

I love this section of scripture. We read about a strong man, Moses, who over time got weary and needed help. He had a call on his life, was a leader, but couldn't do it alone. He needed community. He needed friends to lift him up (literally holding up his arms) because he had grown weak and couldn't fight the battle alone. As long as his hands were raised toward God, his team was winning. 

This is such a great picture of motherhood. We need friends who are willing to stand in the gap with us when we have no strength left. When our hearts want to give up. When the enemy of our soul says, "You're not making a difference...just give up!" 

Being a mom is tough. Some days you wonder why God called you to this ministry. Yes it is a full-time unpaid position in ministry...raising up the next generation for Jesus. Constantly being taught humility as we make mistakes and ask for forgiveness. Our character is being built to look like Jesus...a servant leader. 

I received a text from a sweet Momma friend the other day asking for prayer. Sharing her hardships and the exhaustion of her day. How trying her kids were. Totally understand. A group of us rallied together and lifted her up in prayer. "Holding up her hands" from afar. 

Another text I received from a  friend was sharing how her family may go to down to one car, to save on finances, and I remember that "season." I remembered back how we had a similar experience!  It wasn't forever, but it was a season. 

God has given us this great opportunity to hold each other's arms up. Just like Hur and Aaron did for Moses in the verse up above. Giving our friends a spot to sit and rest. A safe place to share the struggles and to pray with them. They helped hold his hands up until they were steady. 

Is there someone in your life that needs help keeping their "hands steady" as they parent? 

How can you encourage them this week? Is there a way you can lighten their load and allow them to sit and rest.

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