Encouragement For the Tired Mom
Moms. Are you tired? Are you discouraged? Do you work your mombutt off to care for your child[ren]? Are you constantly picking up toys, and switching laundry [or forgetting to] and folding it [or forgetting to]? How many meals and snacks have you prepared and cleaned up after in the past week? Did you sacrifice doing something you wanted to do today because your child[ren] needed you? When was the last time you ate a warm meal? Did your child cry for [what seemed like] no reason or throw a temper tantrum when you pleasantly asked them not to do something that you knew could cause them harm today? How many times do you think you’ve gotten your child[ren]’s poop on your hand? Have you lost sleep in an effort to help your little one[s] sleep? Do you make a complete fool of yourself just to distract your child away from something you know is going to make them upset that they can’t have? Have you ever let your child completely empty every cabinet in sight just to keep them happy so you can carry-out one simple task?
Has thinking about all of these questions made you wonder why you ever signed up for this? Are you also confused thinking that this post was supposed to be “encouraging?” Hear me out, moms.
It’s tough, right? Some days are harder than others. We work really, really hard for those little lives and we usually don’t get anything in return from them. Your infant doesn’t say “Hey mom, I really appreciate you dancing around the living room and working up a sweat as I fought with everything in me to NOT fall asleep but once I finally did, it was awesome. So thanks.” Your toddler probably doesn’t say “Wow mom, that could have been really dangerous if you let me stick that fork in the power outlet. Thanks so much for watching out for me.” And your kindergartner probably doesn’t say “I know I think that 40 degrees is warm enough to leave the house without a coat, but you know best mom. I’m really glad you made me do it anyway.”
They may not be able to thank us for those things until they are parents themselves [shout out to my own mom- you’re a rockstar], but even so, you are EVERYTHING to them. They don’t say it with words, but they say it with slobbery wet “kisses,” tiny squeezes around the neck, and smiles that light up the room. They NEED us. There is no one in your life that needs or loves you more than your own child. Think about it...
How many tears do you think you’ve dried? How many times have you comforted your child[ren] with a hug or a kiss? Have you ever acted like a total weirdo to get your little one[s] to smile or laugh? Have you ever rocked your baby to sleep? Have you ever stood over their crib rubbing their back just to make sure they stayed asleep?
Moms. You are it. You are everything. You are a comforter, a comedian, a nurse, a teacher, a nurturer, a fighter, a problem-solver, a chef, a cleaning lady, a role model, a singer, a toy-fixer, a guidance counselor, a giver, a provider, a superhero.
THIS is what we signed up for. THIS is why God gave you this role.
Some days are harder than others, yes, but you are meant to be here. Your role is purposeful. On those hard days, remember that the amount that your child needs you, is also the amount that we need a Savior. We can’t do it alone. Run to Him, and seek Him, because the amount that we love our child[ren], is the amount that our Savior loves us. It’s unfathomable. When we are weak, He is strong.
This post is a part of the "Encouraging Monday: Mamah's Day Series" put together by the lovely Stephanie from The Unknown Journey. Be sure to visit her blog, follow her on Instagram @theunkown.414 and check out her Insta-stories to hear from more amazing mamas. There will also be a GIVEAWAY at the end of the series, so stay tuned. ;)