Michelle Duggar shared this poem in the book titled 19 Kids & Counting A Love That Multiplies that she co-wrote together with her amazing husband and kingdom man, Jim Bob Duggar.
Michelle explains, "My job was, and is, to keep praising the Lord, even when I don't feel like it. As an encouragement to other women, I like to share this beautiful poem by Roy Lessin. (He also authored one of my favorite books, How to Be the Parents of Happy and Obedient Children.) This poem is good to keep displayed before our eyes."
A woman fretted over the usefulness of her life.
She feared she was wasting her potential being a devoted wife and mother.
She wondered if the time and energy she invested in her husband
and children would make a difference.
At times she got discouraged because so much of what she did
seemed to go unnoticed and unappreciated.
"Is it worth it?" she often wondered. "Is there something better that I could
be doing with my time?"
It was during one of these moments of questioning that she heard
the still, small voice of her Heavenly Father speak to her heart.
"You are a wife and mother because that is what I have called you to be.
Much of what you do is hidden from the public eye, but I notice.
Most of what you give is done without remuneration.
But I am your reward.
Your husband cannot be the man I have called him to be
without your support.
Your influence upon him is greater than you think
and more powerful than you will ever know.
I bless him through your service and honor him through your love.
Your children are precious to Me.
Even more precious than they are to you.
I have entrusted them to your care to raise for Me.
What you invest in them is an offering to Me.
You may never be in the public spotlight, but your obedience shines as a
bright light before Me.
Continue on. Remember you are My servant.
Do all to please Me.
Michelle is a wife, a mother of 19 children, a daughter-in-love, a mother-in-love, and a grandmother of three. She is diligent in her ministries and family businesses. She is one busy woman! Michelle has felt weary, and tired, and overwhelmed. On recalling a time of feeling weary as she was up late at night doing laundry, and crying, she voiced this prayer, "Lord, You must have the wrong person here! I simply can't do this. I'm not capable; I feel so overwhelmed and inadequate. I'm so grateful for these precious gifts You've given me, but Father, I need Your help!" The good Lord showed Himself strong on her behalf that night, as she heard His soft voice in her heart saying, "Michelle, it's easy to praise Me when things are going great-when the house is neat, the dishes are clean, the laundry's done, and your children are healthy and behaving themselves-but are you willing to praise Me right now, when it's not easy?"
The Scripture from Hebrews 13:15 came to her mind immediately, "Offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually." Continually in the English dictionary is an adverb. It means, repeated frequently in the same way; regularly. Without interruption; constantly.
Michelle decided long time ago that she is "going to praise God even when she doesn't feel like it." She knows where her strength comes from. It comes form the Lord!
As women, the power and strength that comes from God is what carries us on. Proverbs 31:10 reads, "An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels." Weary woman be encouraged, be strengthened in the Lord, because you are loved. You are valuable. You have a divine purpose and a divine calling on your life.
As Christian women we need to surrender to the strength that God provides and His strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
It is so refreshing to know that we can rest in the strength and comfort that God will provide when we are facing troubles and challenges of many kinds. Beloved woman of God, let Him have the glory and show Himself strong in your life.
2 Chronicles 16:9 reads, "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him."
God wants to show Himself strong on your behalf. Surrender to Him today and let the peace and strength that He gives you take over.
Finally, here is a quote:
"A woman's heart should be so hidden in God
that a man has to seek Him just to find her."
And now beloved I pray, "May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through His grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word." Amen.
-2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
The grace of Jesus Christ be with you.