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Dear Sweet Mama: No, You Are Not "Enough", That's Why You Need Jesus

Updated on January 23, 2017

Are We Really Enough? Isn't Something Missing from This Slogan?

"You Are Enough."

"You are SO Enough."

I've been seeing that phrase a lot lately as it pertains to motherhood. That's why I thought I'd write this little blog post addressing the essential element I feel this phrase is missing.

Or, rather, the essential person this phrase is missing.

I Know This Sounds Good... But What About Jesus?

I know this phrase sounds good. It makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Perhaps you're a new mom, and you're feeling overwhelmed by all the tasks at hand. The baby never seems to stop crying long enough for you to feed and hydrate yourself, or take a shower, much less clean your house to your liking or do anything recreational. It all feels so overwhelming (especially at first). Or, maybe you're a seasoned mom, but you're exhausted from all the soccer practices, school lunches and parent-teacher conferences. It's totally understandable! Parenting is hard work. "Adulting" as they call it now, is not easy!

So of course, when someone comes along and tells you "You Are Enough", you're going to get all "the feels", as they say. Yes, you think to yourself. I'm Enough. I'm SO Enough! I don't need to be superwoman, I'm enough just as I am. I may not be the most amazing mom in the world, but I'm doing my best, and yeah I'm overwhelmed, but guess what, I'm ENOUGH!

I totally understand the sentiment behind that phrase, and I get that it sounds really lovely. But aren't we forgetting about a tiny little fact, here? We are not enough as human beings. We are never going to be enough on our own. We cannot even breathe one breath into our lungs without it being provided for by God. He numbers our days, directs our paths, and gives us life and breath and everything else. If you're a Christian, and believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior, you should be looking to HIM to be your "Enough". When you're tired and overwhelmed, and depleted of all your own strength, it's not "enough" to look to yourself. But, that's okay, because guess what? HE is ENOUGH. Jesus Christ is there to literally step into the gap and give you the strength and grace you need to be the best mother you can be.

Recognize Your Need for Jesus and Come to Him... Jesus is Enough!

The problem with this phrase is that it encourages us to look to and rely on ourselves. We're enough to handle our own problems. We're enough on our own. But that's not what the Bible says. We're supposed to look to Jesus Christ as the one who gives us wisdom, encouragement, peace, grace, and renewed strength.

So next time you hear or see this phrase, if you're a Christian mom, remember to reframe it. You're not enough. None of us are. Jesus is ENOUGH!

"Look to the Lord and His strength; Seek His face always." ~Psalm 105:4


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      Nicole Kiddie Granath 13 months ago

      Thanks for your comment, Alexis! I think you may have misunderstood the intention of my post, though. I was trying to express the need of mothers to rely on Jesus Christ for strength, encouragement, grace, etc as we parent our children. Blessings to you and I do hope you might take the time to look into the person of Jesus, and I think you'll find that Jesus and his claims set Him apart from all other religions. (Hope that makes sense!) God bless.

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      Alexis Pena 13 months ago

      I thought this article was exactly the way I feel about and questions im offen asking myself constantly. Whoever wrote it sees the world the same way I do. Honestly I feel when it comes down to it it will be to late for people when they realize the truth. I honestly believe that all religions are the same except that one that believes in nothing. To put it simply it's like the game telephone, don't know if you've heard of that game or played it before, it is a row of people or children sitting or standing side to side and the person on one end whispers a word into the next persons ear and the next person whispers that same word to the next till it gets to the last person the word they were told was a completely different word. That is how all the different religions were created.