The dictionary that comes with my laptop defines "machine" as: "a simple, unpowered mechanical device." I would expand that definition to say that a MOMMY MACHINE is "a woman who has become mechanical because she lacks power."
CIRCUMSTANCE # 1 - LACK OF POWER
Think about the OTHER machines that help your family run. You can read, reread and MEMORIZE every word that is WRITTEN in the INSTRUCTION BOOKLET - it won't work if you don't plug it in. FURTHERMORE - imagine your utter frustration if for YEARS you took out your vacuum cleaner, DIDN'T PLUG IT IN - and tried to vacuum your carpet. Soon... you'd just accept the shame and disappointment of dirty carpets. You'd think the manufacturer LIED to you - you'd think OTHER women with vacuumed carpets were somehow BETTER or SMARTER than you. You'd think other women KNEW something you didn't know, or HAD something you didn't have. You'd think you were LESS THAN other moms.
HELLO? SOUND FAMILIAR?
MRS. OLDER TRUTH:
It's INEVITABLE that your HUMAN POWER will not be enough to thrive for a lifetime as a wife and/or mother. You NEED God - you NEED His Spirit to give you the wisdom, the power, the love, the patience, kindness to be what you long to be as a wife/mother who is God's much-loved child. I feel bad for Church Mommy's who have memorized and can quote the Human Instruction Manual (Bible) but have never learned that simply memorizing verses isn't the whole story. We need the Holy Spirit to help us PUT THOSE WORDS in to true life reality. You can know God's word but not put it in to PRACTICE. Jesus describes this as building our house on sand.
And yet another MRS. OLDER TRUTH:
"Everything God requires requires God in everything."
Needing God is God's secret setup. Being overwhelmed with life isn't proof that God doesn't care.
The opposite is true:
God CARES SO MUCH that He has created Life on Earth so that we cannot live it without Him or His Holy Help. I would suggest (?) that perhaps His greatest love is demonstrated when He allows us to get to the end of our own strength so that we realize He is willing to give us His Strength.
Dear Mommy Machine, It's no wonder you are frustrated, tired and a little bit annoyed at God. He did not create you to tough it out through life.
Have you asked God for wisdom concerning a perplexing problem with your teenager?
Have you asked God for love for those step-kids?
Have you asked God for power to stand for what is good, and pure, and holy?
The pursuit of power begins with admitting you are POWERLESS.
OPEN YOUR HEART AND ASK. He is waiting to help you. He cares about every thing.
It doesn't have to be complicated to be truth.
I love you,