No one can prepare you for being the mom of a teen boy. It’s a shock for sure. I’m sure women that have gone before me saw it coming in my life and wanted to warn me but they just couldn’t.
God has been nudging me for a while to create a safe place for teen boy moms to come and discuss the stuff NO ONE wants to discuss. Sure there are Facebook groups already, but I’m talking about Christian moms truly bearing each other’s burdens. Like last November when I felt like my world was crumbling.
To the Teen Boy Mom, I See You, I Am You
Recently, a mentor in this internet world urged me to do a devotional geared toward teen boy moms. I knew God was asking me to do it but I’m so ill-equipped and my momming skills are so underdeveloped, I procrastinated. But she’s pushy, in that big sister good way. This will be the first in a month long series of real world devotionals for all you warrior women out there that are momming these teen boys. We are strong but we are tired, y’all. You can follow the tag #teenboymomdevos. We’re tired of saying things we never thought we’d say.
I found this list looking for something else and realized I’m not the only one saying these weird things that don’t seem real.
It’s real, and we’re just getting started.
So Teen Boy Mom, here’s our verse for today,
- You will be tempted (tested)
- God always provides a way out – but YOU have to take it.
In this verse, the word “tempted” also means tested. I believe God intentionally allows us to go through times of trials, troubles, and temptations. After all, how does someone get good at math? They do problems over and over until they get good at the solution. As a mother of teen boys, I feel like there are lessons I learn over and over. I struggle with fear that I’ve not taught them what they need for this stage of life. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see a recent post about my fear, worry, frustration, and even depression at times. Yep, I said it, depression. Such a buzzword these days but don’t let it scare you. I was just in the dumper for a day. Those days are generally short lived and usually coincide with school registration, a failing grade or a disrespectful moment.
Tony Evans was on the radio the other day talking about being tested. He pointed out that God gives us a ‘retest’ when we fail the first test. Hmm, is that what I’m going through a lot? A retest from a failed test? Maybe. Repetition is the best teacher is seems. But I want us to look at the last part of that verse. “He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” Did it say he would take away the trial? No. Did it say He would get you out of it? No. He said He would provide a way out. This was so profound to me when God showed me this just today.
We have to take the way out He gives us.
That’s action on our part! Oh sisters, if we would only get this! God doesn’t say He will take the problem away. He promises He will provide a way for us to endure it. We can pass the test. He is strengthening us each and every day with each ‘temptation’ or test!