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He Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Sometimes all that keeps us going is commitment.

Faithfulness to vows made before we understood what we were promising.

Dedication to rearing our children.

All of it more than we bargained for, both the wonder and the woe.

Today you stay because you pledged you would. You try not to ask yourself, Is this all there is?

Maybe so, for right now.

Life can be like that sometimes, even in the best marriages, the happiest families. Even for Christians.

Plant another truth down deep: perfection never will be found, not in your husband or any other human being.

Not in your children.

Not in yourself.

If you keep expecting it, you set yourself up to be frustrated and discontented.

Rest your heart on this: Like the sun behind a cloudy day, the Lord's faithful presence and love remain with you. The One who pledged to bring light from darkness, who gave you His perfect love, will work all things for good in His time.

He assures you of strength for your journey, but never a flawless life. You can count on Him to fuel your resolve and provide staying power one day after another.

Until love returns and joy floods your heart once more.

Until you want to be a wife and a mom.

All over again.

Why are you cast down, O my Soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God. Psalm 42:11

PS: During winter's bleak days, a plant may look dead, but its roots live on. God always brings another spring.

This devotion comes from Godly Moms by Lenore Buth.