Motherhood is a unique experience. For the first year of my oldest's life, I watched as schedules and friendships changed, and my quiet time with God shortened dramatically. Many of the things I used to be able to do were no longer options; many of the friendships I had dwindled as I entered this new stage of life. It got hard, and it got lonely.
I craved more alone time with God. I craved deeper relationships. I yearned to know other mothers who sought Christ in the midst of the mess and unpredictable days. Surely there must be a way to truly grow in relationship with Him in the middle of motherhood, rather than floundering about feeling like all of my former life had been lost. And surely, there had to be other mothers who craved and sought the same things.
In my quest to find resources and ideas for growing closer to God in my everyday, God led me to the creation of a magazine. A tangible, page-turnable collection of encouragement and inspiration, beauty and simplicity. A little snippet of hope and calm that can be left on the counter and come back to; something to remind us that He is the greater picture in life and that we're not alone -- we have Him and we have each other.
"The LORD is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation" (Psalm 118:14).
This verse is the backbone to Strength & Song. The context each time this verse is mentioned in the Bible comes from a background of hardship and long-term challenges. Moses proclaims it in Exodus as God leads the Israelites out of Egypt's oppression; the Psalmist speaks it after persecution; Isaiah prophesies it as praise that would be given God when He delivered His people.
We as mothers may or may not face direct opposition or oppression as in these contexts, but we all can be tested beyond the end of our ropes and challenged beyond what we anticipated. This verse is a reminder that the Lord is our strength for each situation -- through opposition and oppression, through trials and challenges -- and not only is He our strength, but He is our song. He turns our mourning into joy; He takes the hard and the humbling and helps us praise Him at the same time. He reminds us of the bigger picture, of His gift of salvation, and He gives us peace in knowing that He is God.
This magazine is purposed to be a means of refreshment and encouragement as we read God's truths together and share each other's stories and testimonies. My prayer is that you are inspired to keep going, to trust God more; to find that He is in the everyday as well as the carved-out quiet times. May you see that your motherhood is a beautiful gift from God.
Amy Parsons, Editor in Chief