Dear Weary Mom,
After the kids go to bed another part of my day begins. This is my time to reflect on everything that went on, planned or not.
I think about how I reacted to my youngest boy having a meltdown at the pool, the way I dealt with my daughter falling off her bike, and what I said to my oldest son who needs a lot of redirection.
Then my minds drifts to my husband and how we haven't had a complete conversation since he walked through the door two hours before. I want to share my whole day with him but we're both exhausted. We tell each other highlights and then he watches TV while I work on my blog.
I read other blogs, reply to comments on recent posts, search endless tutorials for extra ways to be "better", connect on Twitter, check Facebook, and then read emails.
I do not slow down until my head hits the pillow and even then I'm planning the next day. Where are we going to play? What should I make for dinner? What chores need to be done?
Before I had children I planned everything. Now that I have three planning is more of a wish than anything.
We moms do a lot of repetitive work to keep our house moving.
The daily grind of everyday things becomes tiring. We try to get by without adding anything else to our already filled-to-the-brim plates. The night escapes from us too quickly and we wake up to do it all over again.
Did you read the line above??
In the book of Mark the story of Jesus feeding five thousand is miraculous. I can only imagine the excitement the apostles experienced as they handed out fish, after fish, after fish. They must have been elated to be with Jesus during those moments, probably a little nervous too. This man was doing amazing things right in front of them!
Look at Mark 6:30-32
"The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, 'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.' So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place."
After all of the day's excitement Jesus knew he and his friends needed QUIET and REST.
I read these words and think of how much I try to squeeze into my day instead of resting a little and then working, resting a little more and then working a little more. Jesus knew what he needed and made it happen.
Weary mommas, let's take some time to rest, be still, and ready ourselves for what is next on the to-do list. We know our list doesn't end but we can be more prepared to serve our family and ourselves.