Nobody Has It All Together
Written by: Cristy Price
Hi, I’m Cristy. I’m a Jesus girl, wife, mother, nurse, good friend, and great listener. I enjoy the outdoors and country living. I have this vision of a perfect day and it goes something like this:
My large family has the time to get everyone together and go for a horse ride. The ride is filled with laughter and we all get along. We spend all day on the trail and come home to wrap up the festivities with delicious country fixins and a bonfire. Someone might play the guitar, kids would be perfectly behaved, and everyone would be happy.
That’s fantasy. However, reality is…I haven’t been on a horse ride in along time and we are consumed with too much 4th grade homework every night to have time for a bonfire. I paid for guitar lessons for both of my boys when they were young but unfortunately they didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped. I believe one of them likes to pluck the ukulele but he doesn’t like to perform for his mother.
I don’t know about you, but it seems like I can’t get anything to turn out the way I want it to. We have all these dreams and aspirations but no control over the outcomes. We have the weight of the world on our shoulders telling us we are not good enough moms because out kids don’t have perfect grades. We aren’t good enough wives because our waist size isn’t small enough. Our houses aren’t clean enough, we don’t have the perfect meal pre-planned, and our laundry piles are too high to be considered anyone of value.
Do you feel like you are constantly trying to keep your head above water? I know I do. Life is hard. Kids, home, work, marriage, and all of life’s other obstacles keep us buried in challenges. I can fall into a deep trap of comparing myself to the world. It seems like everyone else has it way more put together than I do. They all have perfect kids, perfect homes, perfect marriages, and drive around in spotlessly clean SUVs. When my focus starts to shift from Christ to the world is when these feelings start bubbling up. The truth is…nobody has it all together and all we need is God. God wants us to rely on him and only him. Our moral compass should not come from the girl next to us who seems to be perfect in every way because I promise you, she is not.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30)
Dear sweet Sister, please don’t feel bad. Don’t allow the devil to twist the truths in your life. I have to remind myself of this daily. God knows us and loves us more than we can even fathom. He knew us before we were born and loves us just the way we are. He knows our downfalls and loves us even on our messiest days. God is enough for me and he is enough for you too.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his daughters through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will. (Ephesians 1: 4-5)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on our own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Cristy Price is a woman who was born to take care of people. She married young, only to be rejected and has been a mother her entire adult life. She has been a mother to one who wasn’t born from her own womb as well as cares for nieces, nephews, and many youth like her own. Growing up, all Cristy ever wanted to be was a mother and decided that being a nurse was the next best thing. She paid her way through college during the worst time in her life and became a cardiac nurse, only to find God calling her back to life at home. Her turbulent life has brought her to a place where she’s re-married to her best friend and living way out in the country with her loving husband, children, Lizzie the pony, Rico the dog, and some chickens. A blended family was not something she ever desired but she finds herself called to write, speak, and allow God to use her story in any way he desires.