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For the weary and storm-tossed mother

"Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced;...
For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is YOUR Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.

For the Lord has called you like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit..."
Isaiah 54:4-6
Amy Osaba


For the weary and "storm-tossed mother"
This is for you.

my heart is aching for you today.

my heart is aching for myself when I am in this place.

but lovely and beautiful sisters, there is relief. There is a place to go to find rest, to find peace, and to find hope. There is love and comfort at the tips of your tired and over-worked fingertips.

You are never too old, too lost, too broken, or too tired to be carried. To be lifted in your sorrow. There is a place to be held and tenderly and deeply loved and filled.

weary sisters it's time to lift our messy homes, our fragile marriages, our unruly kids, our sleepless nights, and our long forgotten identities to the Lord.

We are real princesses whether we are 18 or 99. We have a daddy who is a king, the one true king, who is waiting with open hands that have been scarred wider and with a heart that has been broken deeper than we will ever know. Finally a safe place, a home, that knows where we've been, that has felt what we've felt, and that is waiting for us!

All we have to do is surrender it to Him. He wants it all. All the mess, all the pain, all the fear, all the loneliness, all the anger, all the tears, and all the empty spirits. He takes it all and replaces it with His love, His hope, His peace, His joy, His perfect purpose for our lives and HIS HOLY SPIRIT.
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"This is like the days of Noah to me:
as I swore that the waters of Noah
should no more go over the earth,
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you,
and will not rebuke you.
For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my STEADFAST LOVE shall not depart from you,
and my COVENANT of PEACE shall not be removed,
SAYS THE LORD, who has compassion on you.

Oh afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted,
behold, I will set your stones in antimony,
and lay your foundations with sapphires.
I will make your pinnacles of agate,
your gates of carbuncles,
and all your wall of precious stones.
All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
and great shall be the peace of your children.
In righteousness you shall be established;
you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;"
-Isaiah 54:9-14

These promises are real and they are for us! There is nothing too messy for God. I know this because of how he's been so faithful to help me clean up my messes which have seemed much too big and were much too big for me to handle on my own.

So what do we need to do to receive these gifts, these promises?

NOTHING! 

Here's the beauty in all of this.
It has all been done. There is no more work, no more fighting. The price has been paid and the work has been completed. Because of Jesus all we have to do is receive and surrender. So here it goes.

My dear Jesus,
Thank you for your gift, for your life, and for your sacrifice. I'm a mess, my life is a mess, my heart is all jumbled and bruised and broken. I have no more fight left, I have no more tears left, I have no more me left. So here I am asking you to please fight for me, fill me back up, and replace this empty hole with YOU. Help me clean up my mess. I surrender it all up to you. I can't carry this load any more and if I'm being honest I've been dropping pieces along the way and was never really ever able to carry it. I need you now, I need you tomorrow, and I will need you forever. Take the onion of my life and peel back each and every layer until you start to see only you. I want your steadfast love, your promise of peace, your compassion, and I want my children to be taught by you. Change me now. Make me new. Make me more like you. One of the hardest parts of this for me is believing and accepting your love. I've spent my life completely confused and lost when it comes to love and I need you to teach me how to see true love, accept it, and then give it. Help me to see that this beautiful love is for me. I am yours. Thank you for waiting, searching, and above all dying for ME!

,your weary daughter