by Deanne Baum
Sometimes we think we understand love completely but is there more?
You love your family; they mean everything to you. Life is all about relationships. You enjoy a close-knit family environment, stability, and making beautiful and meaningful memories. Every day you make decisions based on what’s best for your family.
But maybe, recently you can’t seem to shake off a feeling of being stressed out. You already start the day tired from broken sleep. You do your best to get through, supplying all the needs of your children while your spouse is at work. Despite the long hours at home with the kids, you feel somewhat lonely for lack of adult company. When you find the time you do call long distance to talk to your parents, but it’s just not the same since you moved away. You think to yourself, things will get better when the big debts are paid off, but until then it all seems quite challenging.
You push on despite the exhaustion and wish you had more support. There never seems to be enough hours in a day. It would be awesome if you had some “me” time to just chill and read a good book or re-energize yourself somehow…with something. Trouble is you just don’t know yet what that “something” actually is.
Your feelings are valid and they are real. You do need more support. It’s not easy raising children and there’s a lot of conflicting information out there which can confuse and put doubts in your mind. We all appreciate the reassurance that we’re doing a good job and you are, even though you feel like you’re “just holding your head above water”.
Is that how it should be?
Did you know that these feelings are the opposite of God’s plan for you? You might be saying to yourself, “How can God help when you need an extra pair of hands right now, or a friend to talk to over coffee – someone who can just drop by because you’re tied up with responsibilities?”
Our physical responsibilities are important, but the spiritual part of our lives even more so. Transitioning into the life God wants for us can be accomplished if we follow His instructions. The 10 commandments are found in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 30:15-16.
Why should we keep His commandments? Jesus Christ tells us “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15).
To be successful you need God’s help. Talk to Him with an open heart about all your disappointments, challenges, desires, struggles, and your triumphs! God will listen to it all and you may be surprised how well He listens! God tells us, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light”. (Matthew 11:28-30)
Before I followed Christ I thought I knew all about love. My family came first and I promoted harmony at home. However, since keeping the 10 commandments I am truly learning about unconditional love – the type of love God gives to us. (John 3:16)
Instead of trying “to do it all” of our own strength, it is so much better to rely on God. Further study on God’s love drew me to scriptures in 1 John 4:18-19, John 15:9-17, and 1 Corinthians 13.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). How will you respond to Christ’s words?