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Sarah Mae has a past that would be her present if it weren’t for Jesus. A blogger, author, and co-author of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, she’s currently writing The Complicated Heart, a book for broken-hearted lovers of Jesus. Learn more at @thecomplicatedheart on Instagram or...

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  1. Sarah Mae,
    So many times I feel like that anxious little girl…flailing and spinning out of control and being overwhelmed by life. What a soothing reminder, that like a mother, God holds us close and stays with us until we finally relax into Him and calm down. Zephaniah 3:17 is one of my favorite verses. Sometimes it is hard to grasp that the Creator of the universe delights over little old me…and not only if I am a perfect child, but in all my sin and failure. Thank you for a beautiful word picture and for the encouraging reminder!
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • Bev,
      Like you, evidently, reading these posts is part of my morning routine….sitting here with my coffee. Usually, at this time there are very few, if any comments. Since you are usually at least one of the first, and I like your compassion and honesty, I’m always glad when I see that you have left a comment before I got here! And I’ve learned to check your blog. I kind of think of you as an older aunt. Sorry!
      Just know that your comments are appreciated.
      Helen

  2. Sarah Mae,
    I have a problem of having God more in my head than in my heart. We always talk, as Jesus did, of God as our Father, but visualizing God as that loving mother that we can relax into really helped me. Thanks.

  3. Wow, this is what I needed yo read today, Sarah Mae:). I’ve had a few rough days with my own ‘wild one’, and have been feeling pretty overwhelmed and desperate and under qualified!! Thanks for your encouragement!
    I’ve also been thinking about watching the on-demand webinar that I missed, and I think after reading this post I definitely need to watch it!

  4. I had a moment yesterday that a friend calls a “God Breeze.” My daughter, who is three, was having a tantrum of the most epic proportions because she didn’t want to leave a friend’s house. Rather than getting upset like I usually do I felt the God Breeze and hugged her, whispered in her ear that we had to leave and would come again another time. Then I carried her to the car. She was asleep in five minutes. It was incredible to be calm and know that she was just tired than to get nervous and anxious because she was acting out. What a great verse, I don’t think I’ve read it before.

  5. Beautifully put together in the words of the Spirit. I have boys and these words even applied to me in this season of motherhood I now am in. Thank you! I will also share the first verse with my sweet boys. God is good! I really needed this today.

  6. O, I live in Asia and we, as Asians, actually sleep with our young until they fall asleep. Most of the time we fall asleep as well, right next to them, then wake up and get on with it. Or even have someone always sleeping with our young. Till ten. Why. Dunno, it’s our custom. So, we are cuddled and bundled altogether people. Think we are all like this. Really. Young and old. It’s warming. Hang in there.

  7. Thank you for sharing this story from your life, Sarah Mae! It was just so heart touching … I was thinking just today morning, what can I do with the little inner child I am/was, who was so unwilling today.
    Thank you to remind me that we have our havenly Mother, Mary, to whom I can turn to in situations like this, for peace and understanding.

  8. I loved this. There’s a child in all of us that needs the comfort of Daddy God.
    Thank you for using this to touch my heart today.
    God bless you!

  9. Thank you for this post and the verse. I am going to copy it and really study it today. Your post took me back in time to when my little girl was young. Such sweet memories.
    Love, Patty

  10. Zephaniah 3:17 is my favorite verse. Thank you for the reminder of how much God loves us and He loves us even when we’re at our worst.

  11. This post really touched my heart. I just sang my little 3 year old to sleep with Amazing Grace last night. Then today she had a tantrum from just being overly tired from playing with her older cousins. We took a ride in the car..sang worship music..ate lunch and she was sound asleep. Thank you so much for this post! You inspire me and help me to be a better mom. God is so Good 🙂

  12. Wow! This post summed up my week–no my month. Work has been super busy–almost non-stop some days. Add to that visiting my aging father once a week for about 30 minutes or so and the next night going to Bible Study right after work. Whew! I’m usually tired by Wednesday and have 3 more days to work.

    “No matter how out-of-control we feel, or how desperate, or how overwhelming life feels sometimes, we have a Father who is close, and kind, and gentle, and who will never leave us.”

    In fact, He delights over us. That is hard for me to envision. I pray often, but don’t usually think of God as a loving mother figure who can sweetly calm you.

    • I’m not old enough to tell you if this works. I’m about the same age as your daughter. However, I do know that prayer is always always a good idea. Prayer really can change things. Also, when I’m at my most out of control feeling (which is happening a lot in my circumstances lately) just the thought of my Mom coming over and cleaning my toilet, praying in person, or even just holding me in a tight hug, is very calming. If she actually did it, I know it would help even more.

      Your daughters problems could be a lot different than mine. Her out of control could be a lot more serious than mine, her faith level is likely different, etc. But I really believe everyone needs their Mom, always.

  13. Yep, just need arms around me telling me it will all be okay when I am crying and feel like screaming. Just need the calming presence of God to wrap me in close and calm me down, because there is no one else to hold me tonight and tell me it will all be okay.

  14. I have an Olivia Grace, and when she gets out of control I sing her special song, using her name to the tune of Amazing Grace, works almost every time! 🙂

  15. I wish I would have read this before my little girls bedtime last night. It’s extremely difficult for your wild one to be your first one. We are making it but somedays I wonder if I can be who she needs me to be.

  16. Sarah Mae,
    Thank you for this post. The Lord guided me directly to it. Quite a while back a friend of mine had shared one of your post on her facebook page and I remembered being blessed by what you said. After a miserable, exhausting and overwhelming bed time experience with my “wild one” last night I was spent and felt the very life had been zapped from my body. I have been blessed with three children, the oldest and youngest are wild ones and the middle has forced herself to be one just to survive. The Lord has graciously guided us with the oldest and he has matured into an amazing young man who loves the Lord and exhibits self control beyond what I ever imagined he would be able to do. So now the youngest is 2. As deja vu sets in, I question whether I am capable of doing this all over again. Will I have enough in me to give her what she needs? Then my loving Father reminds me it’s His ability, not mine. I have to trust. I have to lean. I have to give up my own control. I was desperate for a word from God last night and He spoke your name into my heart. I googled and landed right on this post. What an amazing Daddy He is! He knew exactly what I needed; a reminder that He loves me just as much as I love her. He loves her more than I love her. He is right here with us both and will see us through this storm of toddlerhood. He has His hand on her precious little heart and will give me wisdom with her everyday. Thank you for posting this. Thank you for your obedience. Thank you for your encouragment.
    Dana

  17. Oh how many hard times I have had with my little girl. I don’t always cope well with her little tantrums. Thank you for showing me how patient love looks.