Unshakable Moms 2

“I’ll Hold You Up”

I answered the door and she stood there, arms full of my favorite things.

“I wasn’t sure what you might like, so I got one of everything”, as she passed me a sweet tea and a small carton of ice cream. She hugged me tightly about smashing the goodies between us.

“I’m here to do your dishes”, she said. And she sat her bags down, gave my daughter a high five and headed toward my kitchen. I thought she was joking, because who actually does that? I remembered the picture I had posted on Instagram a few hours earlier of my overflowing sink, and baskets of clean, unfolded laundry in the background. It had truly been “one of those weeks”. I had shared it with a winky-face emoji, but I was secretly drowning on the inside. I couldn’t keep up with my kids, my house, the chaos. And there she was, washing my dishes while I stood dumbfounded.

Those people are few and far between, aren’t they? But why? Why are we all not stepping out to lend a hand where we can? And it’s not like she was someone with much freedom – she had three kids of her own at home. It takes a village as they say.

When I think of an unshakable community – the picture of the story in Exodus 17 always comes to mind. Moses was fighting a war, and as long as he held his staff in the air, they were winning. But it became too much for him. That’s when his people, Aaron and Hur, they held his arms up for him. He remained steady because they were there, being his village and helping him stand unshakable through his battle.

Who’s arms can you hold up? It’s incredible the difference we can make by simply showing up. If we all start holding each other up more, we will create an unshakable foundation for our children. Sometimes we just have to step up and say, “I’ll hold you up!”.

Exodus 17:8-16

8Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
9And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.
10So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
11And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
13And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
14And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
15And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah–nissi:
16For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.