It wasn’t even 8am and already I knew it was going to be one of those days. Practically attached to my legs, one on each side, they just needed mommy that morning.
“Mommy, toys,” said the little one.
“Mommy, I want to snuggle,” begged the older one.
All I wanted was one cup of coffee before the neediness ensued. But alas, the responsibility of motherhood waits for no woman, least of all the one with typically needy children.
What about my needs? I thought. Of course I’ve known the answer to that question ever since He answered my cry for children. They come first.
Realizing there would be little to no time to focus on myself, I felt defeated before I’d taken one sip of my much needed fuel for the day. I managed to find a moment to pour a cup and sat down with a devotion. I read,
“I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands.” Isaiah 49:15-16
Oh, how life comes from reading that we are not forgotten, mama. Do you believe it? He sees us. He hears our cry for grace. . .for space. . .for coffee.
I wanted a reminder. A moment by moment reminder that He sees me. I grabbed a pen and drew a heart on my palm. He keeps me there, nestled in the cup of His hands. This, my reminder that I am seen. That I am not forgotten.
This simple reminder supplied me with the grace I needed to make it through the day. Not all days so obviously push me and my needs to the background, but on the days that do, I will remind myself that He sees me.
Mama, do you feel forgotten? Grab a pen and write this reminder on the palm of your hand. He sees you. He will not forget you. Although you may feel shadowed by the needs of your children or the busyness of the day, you are not hidden from Him.
The heart on my palm faded by the time I got those kiddos in bed. Just in time to breathe a sigh of relief and spend some much needed time on myself and my husband. Another reminder – that His grace is sufficient. Today I’ll scribble the heart again on my hand and remember that He sees me today. This day. For His mercies are new every morning.
Do you feel forgotten? How do you remind yourself that your name is written on the palm of His hands?