All day long mothers deal with needs and wants. Someone always wants something from you. It may be a drink, a snack, a toy, attention, love, etc. You are constantly giving yourself – your energies, time, and resources. Sitting in the hair salon one Saturday, I read in a magazine about making time for myself. I’m torn. I know that I have duties as a mother, but I really would like a week-long vacation on an island – population-1. I have needs. I have wants. The magazine would say – take what you want and find something (or someone) to meet your needs!
Although I do encourage mothers to take time for themselves, we cannot use that alone time to meet all of our needs. Sometimes all the time in the world spent alone wouldn’t fill our hearts and meet our needs.
Look no further.
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
My needs are always met in God. I need love. I have it. I need acceptance. I have it.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures.
Sleep in peace. God is watching over you. Do not lay your head on the pillow with worry in your heart
He leads me beside the still (quiet) waters.
Rest. Relax. Do not let the troubles of your day follow you to bed at night.
He restores my soul;
Restore can mean repair. Do you have hurts or brokenness? Let God heal them.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Do you worry that you are a good mother? God will guide you. He will teach you how to mother your children.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.
Do not fear the evil of this world. The unseen or seen evils.
For You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
The rod and staff represent the strength of our God. Rest in His power! It is strong enough to overcome all of the evil.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
Your children may have daily needs, but God provides for your daily needs as well.
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Even in your mistakes, God’s grace is more than enough. It runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
The path for you and your family maybe cloudy – but God knows the way. His goodness and mercy are like wildflowers growing along the path of life. Abundant and ready to be picked!
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord – Forever.
We know where the path ends. There is no fear in death. Heaven awaits.