"Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:2-4
How do you know you’re overwhelmed? Well, you might discover yourself being forgetful or anxious. Or you may be a little impatient or short-tempered with your kids. You may even find your eyes welling with tears by little things that you simply can usually brush off. These are all reasonable feelings - and I want you to give yourself grace!
Rest assured that many of us - especially mothers - are in the same struggle! You're not alone in your journey. And most importantly - you don't have to feel guilt about your feelings.
Parenthood could be an exceptionally difficult work and some of the time it’s harder than we ever envisioned. The great news is that there are things that can help us overcome the difficult moments.
To the mother who's feeling stressed about not getting enough done during the day, and after that spends the evenings stressed about not investing sufficient time with her kids, I'm right there with you. To the mother who feels alone in all this indeed when she's surrounded with people remember, you're not alone in this, you're amazing and you're rocking parenthood.
Embrace the joyful moments.
Being a mother is discovering strengths you didn't know you had and dealing with fears you never knew existed.
Don’t overanalyze it.
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
Sometimes when we’re overwhelmed by parenthood, we launch into an existential crisis. What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I handle this? I do cherish being a mother, don’t I? At that point why do I feel like this?
Sure, there’s a time and a put for analyzing the course of our lives, but it isn’t from the deep pit of distress. Stop the winding by recalling that every parent gets overwhelmed some of the time.
You’re not alone; in fact, you’re in a really, exceptionally great company! What you’re experiencing is ordinary, impeccably worthy, and will pass. Your children will become what you are, so be what you want them to be.
Keep learning from your kids. They can educate you a lot.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. Proverbs 9:9
Observe them and then show your behavior after theirs. They are so carefree and are naturally show in all that they do. They have no stresses around what others will think and no desires of how things should be. They fair live. Be more like your kids and joy will be your way of life.
Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on the earth, for what they believe is what they will become.
Put yourself first as a mother.
"The Lord will work out his plans for my life, for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me." Psalm 138:8
As mothers, we continuously put our kids first. And usually a brilliant thing! But once in a while, we have to be compelled to learn to put ourselves first. A break can make miracles once you are tired and overwhelmed. Any child needs a cheerful mother and a cheerful mother needs time for herself!
Moreover, you'll be able to use the rest times to do things for you! A change that completely moved forward my life was the choice to never do chores during rest time! This way, I as it were use rest times for my work as a mother or for doing something else that I like (observing a movie, perusing a book or just resting)
Don’t raise your kids to have more than you had, raise them to be more than you were.
Ask for help.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
Maybe part of the reason we may feel alone when we’re overwhelmed by motherhood even in spite of the fact that we’re not is that we still don’t talk about it enough
We still try to preserve this idealize exterior of having it all together even when we feel like we’re crumbling inside. It’s the best way to ask for help opening ourselves up to the problems we have in order to have a glance of tips and relaxation and to focus things.
Being a mom isn’t a job, a hobby, or a task. It’s calling. A calling to love well. A calling to instruct hearts. A calling to be present. A calling to give them Jesus.
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