Do you remember the children’s book The Little Engine That Could? In my opinion, it shouldn’t be just a children’s book–it should be a book I read over and over again, because often I need all the encouragement I can get.
This last weekend we moved for the second time in under two months. Packing up all our family’s belongings and moving them twice in such a short time has given me time to ponder on what I am made of and how much I can endure.
These moves were hard for me, in fact, this last couple months has pushed me to my limits, tested my stamina, and most of all, shown me how much I need God. I’ve been lonely for friends, missing my husband who works long days, and feeling trapped inside as the weather turned cold and I had no car, no outlet.
Then, one night, I couldn’t handle it anymore. We stayed out late to have some fun together as a family, but when we got home our boy was overtired, crying, and to top it off, threw up his medicine when I gave it to him. I lost it. Right there, right then, I lost it. My patience flew out the window and my usual calm voice was shattered with sharp tones.
I left the house and found somewhere quiet. I poured out my soul to God. All the stress, all the lonely days, had dried out my heart. I felt I had little to give, because I was running on empty. I pleaded with God to make me more than I was, more capable than I was, more patient than I was, more positive than I was, more reliant on Him.
He did. He made me more than I was.
I’m a little young mama that could. I could because God was pushing me up these hilly trials. I could because He strengthened me. I could because He healed my lonely heart and filled it with His love. I could because he gave me the faith to keep going and keep saying:
“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…”- The little engine that could
Whatever it is we struggle with each day, we can do it through Him. We can be made more than we are. We can be the mamas that could.
How do you remember to turn to God for strength? How do you find encouragement to keep going when the days are hard? As always, I would love to hear your thoughts!