This is a guest post written by Jenny Isaminger. Jenny has been married to Grant for 11 years and has two wonderful children, Ellie (5) and Jack (2). The Isamingers have been members of Crossings Community Church for 3 years.
The post-it note has been stuck to my fridge for almost 2 years. Our pastor, Matt Powell, preached a sermon on Mother’s Day in 2016. The passage was from Hebrews and Matt honed in on the word Fortitude: mental & emotional strength that enables courage and steadfastness in the face of adversity.
I am the definition of a suburban housewife. A work-at-home-mom of 2, in a two-story house with a pool and a dog and 2 fish whose tank needs to be cleaned desperately. I’m homeroom mom and I spend my days working and carting these kids around to dance and swim lessons and checking homework folders. My life is not hard.
But there are weeks that feel like everything is a fight. Getting in and out of the car is an olympic event with a toddler (I would win the Bronze Medal in Car Seat Wrangling. Bronze because points would be deducted for my tone of voice. The Rule Book says you have to sound like Snow White and I sound like a Purple Minion.) Having good communication in marriage is not something that comes easily. Taking care of a household while also struggling through all the external stressors flying at you is difficult. When you’re burdened and weighted down by family members with cancer – it feels especially deflating when you’re notified by someone in your household that they have no clean socks.
Motherhood is taking care of everyone and everything inside your home while also taking on the challenges and trials of everyone and everything outside of your home.
This is why I have the word Fortitude on my refrigerator. Matt reminded us in that sermon to not grow weary of living a life that glorifies God. Do not be crushed by the pressures. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. He was strong yesterday, He is strong today and He will be strong forever.
You know who wasn’t strong yesterday? Me.
You know what isn’t strong today? Me.
You know how long I probably won’t be strong? Forever.
But you know – God hasn’t placed the expectation on me to be strong enough. He pursues me in my weakness! Hebrews Chapter 13 says “It is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace.” His grace is surrounding me, strengthening me, pursuing me in my weakness.
He didn’t create me to get everything done on my own, based on my own strength. I am strengthened by the grace found in Him.
So I pray for fortitude – for that mental and emotional strength found in Him that enables courage and steadfastness in the face of adversity.
Even when that adversity is nothing more than the fact that my kids only get sick the day of an incredibly important event or trip.
Do you have a place where you put things in your home to remind you to change your perspective?