There is no question that being a mother is tiring. No, exhausting would be the better word. When they are babies, we wake every 2-3 hours, round the clock, sometimes more, (sometimes not sleeping at all if your child had colic from 2-5 am like Holly) to feed, change, or comfort these precious, helpless, and utterly dependent beings. Then, our children learn to roll over, crawl, take their first steps, walk, run, etc, and we feel like are running a marathon in our own house, and not very well I might add. Then as toddlers, the whining, frustration of wanting to be independent, the climbing, getting into things, and temper tantrum phase begins. As preschoolers and school age children, you are dealing with taking them to and from school, fears, nightmares, bossiness, etc.
Put all of these stages on top of the every day duties, and it is enough to make anyone want to crawl in a hole and sleep like Rip Van Winkle. There is making breakfast, cleaning up breakfast, snack, cleaning up snack, making lunch, cleaning up lunch, afternoon snack, cleaning up snack, making dinner, cleaning up dinner. Cleaning your child (or taking them out and hosing them off haha) after meals. There is the diapers, potty training, wiping booties, noses, faces, hands, feet. There is cleaning up puke, poop, pee, snot. There is the laundry, the being a referee between siblings, the cleaning up (or stepping on OUCH) toys. There is sleep regressions, teething, bedtime battles, nap time battles.
Should I continue? I think you get the idea.
We are mothers… and WE. ARE. TIRED.
There is nothing wrong with admitting you are tired or weary. Jesus himself got tired and weary. He was God, yes, but he was also human. He went through things we went through. He went through emotions and struggles and pain, like we do. We should be comforted by that. Jesus really DOES understand. There is no reason to hide how we feel. Motherhood is a wonderful blessing, yes, but it is also HARD WORK… and that is ok to say to yourself. There are days I am so tired I have no idea how I will make it to nap time, much less when Andrew gets home. There are days I feel overwhelmed and defeated.
Matthew 11:28-30 says “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” This isn’t a hmm maybe God will help me type of thing. It is a promise. When we are growing weary, tired and overwhelmed, the Lord will give us what we need to keep doing His will, to keep being the mother that God called us to be. Will we still feel tired? Yes, sometimes, but we can know that we have a Savior who is holding our hand during those times. He will give us HIS rest. Rest in Christ is the best kind of rest. It fills us with hope and peace and a comfort that those who are not in Christ will never feel or understand.
In Isaiah 40:28, it talks about how the Lord NEVER grows weary or faint or tired. When we are TOO tired, give it to the Lord. He can handle it. No matter how big or small God wants to carry your burdens. Let him have them. Giving those mom worries to Him will help you in your weariness. You will feel lighter and more able to deal with the day to day. There will still be hard times, yes, but when we hand those fears, burdens and anxieties over to God, it allows us to keep our focus on that which is most important. Our children.
Hebrews 13:6 says “So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” — this may seem silly, but I believe that applies to newborns, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary age, tweens, pre-teens, teens, adults, etc… Sure there are days our children will push all the buttons we have, and some we didn’t know we had, they will test us, prod us, make us feel CRAZY… but the LORD is our HELPER moms, even our children cannot defeat us – even though it may seem like it at 10 pm at night when our child is still at the dinner table hoarding carrots in his cheek like a squirrel getting ready for an apocalyptic winter!
The Lord gave us these children, He won’t abandon us in the hard times. He won’t abandon us in the sleep deprived times. He won’t abandon us in the times we feel incapable and overwhelmed. He won’t abandon us in the days we will we are in a fog and running on autopilot. He won’t abandon us. EVER.
This is one of my most FAVORITE passages about feeling tired and weary. I hope it encourage you today ❤
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31
We are mothers… and we are tired. Let us rest in the Almighty arms of our loving Father. He loves you. He cares for you. He will give you rest.