There are so many lies that we as moms buy into and repeat to ourselves. They often sound legit, and maybe even humble or holy! But these lies are holding us back from living the lives that Jesus has called us to, and it's time to shine the spotlight on them, repent of them and start walking in the truth!
I'm excited to introduce the #wesayHesays series, in which we will examine many things we say to or about ourselves and then face them with the truth from God's Word. So, let's get started on the path to freedom!
We say: "I am too exhausted to be a good mom."
"Parenting wears me out. I need a vacation from my kids."
"I'm always running on empty. I just have nothing left to give."
God says: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." -Matthew 11:28
God also promises to renew our strength and lift us up, up above our day-to-day struggles, causing us to soar with the effortless ease and energy of an eagle. (Isaiah 40)
Tiredness effects the body but exhaustion reaches into our heart. It is normal to be tired, because moms have a never ending cycle of work to do. But we do not need to give into exhaustion. This is not God's best for us. After all, He tells us to bring Him our weariness and promises to exchange it for His rest.
It is not God's design for moms to live in a constant state of exhaustion, unable to care for our families properly and running completely on fumes and cold coffee. We do not need to give into this lifestyle.
The key to leaving exhaustion behind is to come to Jesus. Sit with Him. Tell him about your weariness and show Him your to-do list, the expectations you put on yourself and the things others think you should be doing. I'm not saying you shouldn't take the time to take care of yourself in a reasonable way. Get the sleep you can, eat well, don't do all the things, etc. But self-care for an exhausted heart goes way beyond that.
Put your planner and pens in the hands of Jesus and let Him rewrite it, cross things out and make Himself your daily focus. Bask in His presence, ask for His guidance and then walk in it. You will find yourself refreshed and restful. When this lifestyle becomes a habit, you will find that your exhaustion has been replaced with a heart at rest. Your body may still feel tired, but your heart will live energized.
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I am on a journey to know Jesus better, and be the wife, mommy and friend that God created me to be, all within the walls of my own little home. <3