When Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary..." there's a part of me that believes he's talking to moms. Not that people don't go through much more difficult things in life than being a mom. Being a mom is a joy and a blessing, but there's a reason why "supermom" is thrown around as though moms have superpowers.
It's a lot.
I have been really feeling the weight of it all lately, and, while it sounds dramatic to say, I have been feeling completely overwhelmed, like shut-myself-up-in-my-room-and-cry-while-the-kids-fend-for-themselves, overwhelmed. I am juggling more than I can handle, and they are hitting the ground all around me.
It is times like these when I feel like I am drowning. I am finding permission slips I should have turned in last week. I look at the laundry baskets piled up, after I'd just emptied them the day before, and I haven't even gotten around to the bed sheets in a month. I find I only have time for dishes when they need to be eaten out of. We have take-out we can't afford, 3 nights in a row, because I haven't had the time to get to the store in between naps, and cleaning, and homework, and toddler tantrums; and even opening my Bible (which I had somehow misplaced), seems like a chore on a long list of things I'll never get to.
...and I literally feel my chest tighten and I become short of breath.
What I always fail to remember, is that if I just moved my Bible time up on my to-do list, I'd save myself a whole lot of stress.
The devil will keep trying to tell you that you're no good; that you're failing at every turn, that you can never do it all. But the thing is, you don't have to. Sure, the laundry and the dishes aren't going to wash themselves, and this adulting, parenting things is no joke, but allow yourself time to collect and refresh. Spend some time with God before you try to do all the things. Juggling and prioritizing properly are impossible without Him. I land on my face every time. But if I remember that He's just waiting for me to throw a few His way, my view (and head!) becomes much clearer.
As a wife, mom of 4, and business owner, finding time to spend in the Word, can be difficult, so I get it! Come join me each Monday for a simple message of hope, faith, and encouragement amidst some honest mommy moments.
Want the Monday Message sent to your inbox each week? Sign up here!