Praise be to the Lord my Rock,
who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle.
He is my loving God and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge,
who subdues peoples under me.
These verses are very affirming to me in light of motherhood. I don't have to know all the answers - he trains me. He won't throw me to the lions - he readies my feet. He's a place of refuge for me - giving me a place to rest and gather strength. He's a battletower and fortress, where I can see the big picture, gather wisdom and put together a battleplan. HE is my deliverer and shield when I feel like I'm in battle with strong wills, temper tantrums, and whiny spirits. HE subdues people under me - HE is the one working within the hearts of my children to make them more clearly reflect the character of Christ. It's not about me. It's about being a vessel through which Christ can work in my home. That relieves a lot of pressure and gives me great encouragement. PRAISE GOD for his intimate companionship and sovereign strength.