By Raena Isaacson
Dear Hurting Moms:
“For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” ~Ecclesiastes 4:10
We are not intended to walk this journey alone. When we’re broken, Christ uses friends to help glue our pieces back together.
I’m inclined to hide when I’m suffering. What about you?
I have absolutely the best friends in the world, yet recently hesitated to divulge the truth about a painful struggle I was experiencing.
We can’t get the help we truly need… all alone.
Why is it so hard to reach out to other women for help during a difficult time? I’ll tell you why: because it makes us pretty dang vulnerable. Women are notorious for judging and gossiping. Sharing your pain is raw: It’s not “all put together and pretty.” It’s real; and sometimes being real can be really scary.
With tears streaming down my cheeks, (and plenty of boogers too!) I reluctantly texted three of my closest friends and told them about my suffering. I knew it was a risk, to put my naked brokenness out there, but I had to because this was too big for me. I didn’t sugar coat it, because I knew the truth would set me free.
I sat there. Waiting. What would they say? Will they think I’m crazy? (They’d be partially correct ;)) Right away my phone started dinging with new messages and calls of support and love. Encouragement poured through my friends, straight to my heart. Prayers and Bible verses strengthened my brokenness. My problem didn’t magically go away, but now I had strength and courage and hope to carry on.
Today I was reflecting about my recent reaching-out. Only by making myself vulnerable could I get the help I needed. Then it occurred to me: My friendships have grown so strong because we have shared, and because we have walked along side one another, even picking each other up when necessary.
I’m so thankful God gave us girlfriends. Hiding or walking alone is far too challenging.
Let’s pray, sisters:
Dear Heavenly Father, please wrap your arms so snugly around us today that we have no doubts You are here with us. Please put women together and allow us to set aside judgment, gossip and past hurts from other women so You can open the doors to allow us to experience real, godly relationships with other women. Please teach us to be good friends (not perfect!) by “rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep.” ~Romans 12:15
I love you sisters!
~ Raena Isaacson
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. ~Galatians 5:13