When You’re Feeling Insufficient (Devotional)

insufficientI had everything planned. I did! I was going to meet my children’s every need. And at the end of the day, each of them would go to bed feeling fulfilled, and I would, too.

But at sundown, I looked around, and I could only see my shortcomings: I started cooking instead of helping my daughter find her favorite sweater, and I had forgotten all about watching the news video with my son, even though I had promised.

Then it came creeping in, THE FEELING OF INSUFFICIENCY: I didn’t do enough. I wasn’t good enough. I should’ve done more. I didn’t keep my promises. Does this make me a bad parent?

Reflection of the Week:

Parents often deal with the feeling of insufficiency, especially after trying to meet our children’s every need. But the feeling of insufficiency is a reminder that we are, in fact, insufficient. Only God can fully provide for our children. He is El Shaddai, The All-Sufficient One.

The greatest gift to our children is not our effort to fulfill their every need, but it’s teaching them to have faith in the One who can.

Scripture of the Week:

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19 (KJV)


God, I thank you for being The All-Sufficient One, in Christ Jesus’ name, Amen.


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  1. I have to remember this post the next time I’m trying to be “Superwoman.” Thanks for the gentle reminder and for sharing.

    • Angel Thompson Angel Thompson says:

      You’re welcome! So many of us try be “super.” I have to keep this post as a reminder, also. Thanks for the feedback.

  2. This devotional speaks volumes. I’ve been there and felt those same emotions many times. Thanks for helping us to remember whose we are and who the real help source is.

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