Thursday, June 20, 2013

These Women....

.....are beyond wonderful. 

i forgot all about this picture! A while ago, probably 2 months+, a group of us moms went to Red Robin. There are many +s to this! 
1. No kids. 
2. Conversing with women I love with no kids. 
3. Red Robin may or may not be one of my favorite places to eat. 

I thought about this picture again as I read the devotion from 

I Under-Stand
Lysa TerKeurst

"... Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word." Ephesians 5:25-26 (NIV)
"I just feel mean so much of the time," my friend whispers through the leak of tears. Downward, the salty droplets slip and so does her heart, her resolve, and her assurance of being a good mom.
"I understand," I whisper back.
And sometimes that's all that needs to be said.
I don't remind her of gentleness verses. I don't try to fix anything. I don't offer solutions or articles or statistical data.
I simply under-stand.
Under ... to dip low and find that same place that lies beneath my outside veneer.
We all have an under.
And I admit to her, "I've felt mean so many times too. I've set out to have a super day with my kids only to be red-faced and aggravated minutes later. Buckling under the weight of my imperfections, I've wondered if I'll ever get it right. It sometimes feels like all the other moms are doing it better. But that's not true. All moms struggle."
Stand ... to come alongside in a position of strength, closeness, and unwavering support.
We all need those friends we know will stand with us.
And I reassure, "Somehow, God shows us what to do and fills in the gaps if we ask Him. The fact that you're crying shows a heart tender enough for God's molding and shaping to occur. Don't listen to the world's answers. And don't fall into the trap of trying to be like other moms. Just saturate yourself in God's Truth and trust the gut instincts He gives you."
Thankfully we don't have to be perfect. God has made a way to free us from the mistakes we make so we can keep going forward without the chains of regret. Ephesians 5:25-26 tells us, "... Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word."
I love that picture of Christ washing us through the Word. Some versions of Ephesians5:25-26 actually call this washing sanctifying.
The Greek meaning of this sanctifying is hagiazo. When we unwrap the package of this word, we find three simple treasures. Hagiazo means:
1. To cleanse externally.
2. To free from the guilt of sin.
3. To purify internally by the renewing of the soul.
Externally, I wash my tears away with the truth of Lamentations 3:22-23 that God's mercies make all things new. Past minutes are gone. But this minute brings with it a fresh start.
Relationally, Colossians 1:14 frees me from the guilt. God's Word reminds that I can live in the freedom of repentance and forgiveness.
Internally, I see my depravity but refuse to wallow in it. I recall the words of Micah 6:8 as a call to action. Another place to receive the Truth as a cleansing agent from fear, doubt, hopelessness.
Yes, I understand. My need to be sanctified is great. Just like your need is. We're all in that place. We all sometimes feel mean.
Broken down.
So, let the Word of Christ wash afresh over you, in you, and all about you. And let the whispers of a friend assure you, I under-stand.

As I read articles, devotions, or verses, I realize how blessed I am to have a group of women to raise our kids with. There are ladies in this picture who come to my house for a whole day to hold me accountable, who challenge me, who come over to keep me company just because, who refine me, who watch my kids for free so I can spend time with my husband, who cry with me, who laugh with me, who give me verses when I need to hear them, and who under-stand me. I love these women so much and can't imagine going through motherhood and life without them. 


  1. Thanks for sharing this Jill! I really needed to hear it. So glad the Lord has blessed you with a group of women who seek to love you the way Christ does!

  2. Jill, this is a great devotion! I'm so blessed by your love for those around you. :))

    p.s. I always called my mom "The meanest mom in the world." haha and look at us now! We're besties! :)