I am the mother of five boys that range in age from four to thirteen. There is plenty of wrestling, energy, and chaos in our home. However, there are also moments when everyone is getting along, things are peaceful, and I feel my heart overflowing with joy and gratitude for each of my sons.
One night a little while back, I was ending my evening in my usual way. Jared and I were making our way toward bed and I started listing off to him all the things that were rattling around in my brain. And for me, 9 times out of 10 those things will be worries and anxieties. Sometimes it’s just the next day’s to-do’s and demands, sometimes it’s concern about one of our kids or worry about finances, and often it’s discouragement that I’m not “doing enough” in some particular area.
JoLynn and her husband, Bill, have been coming to Covenant Fellowship since 2013. They recently moved from Newark, DE, to Avondale, where they attend the Bards’ community group.
Surrendering your plans to follow a call of God can feel scary, thrilling, confusing, and uplifting all at the same time. That is how I felt when God led me to take a break from pursuing my career in order to embark on a five-month mission trip.
Psalm 6:1-3 was the cry of my heart during a time in my life when I struggled with an eating disorder: “O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord—how long?”