This is how busy February has been especially in the morning. All these tasks are happening at the same time; online class for my youngest, finishing orders, studying, snacks, and more. Afternoon has a different story of its own.
When I first became a mom, I was overwhelmed with the tasks a mom must do. Yes, there’s joy and excitement, but the chores! Oh my, the endless chores moms have. I realized that it will go on for a long time since motherhood never ends. Then came a second son and again, my whole being was stretched to its limits. I discovered many things about myself that I did not know I could do; managing a baby and a toddler while doing business, being a wife and serving in different ministries and organizations…all these came out naturally when life called for it. I did not even know I was capable of it.
Strength For Moms
When I learned I was having a third child, everything did not sink in fast. One day, I was in the middle of the crowd during my husband’s company family day sitting beside a toddler who cries a lot and a kid who never stops asking me questions. The thought of another baby made me want to cry. Not because I did not want to, but because I didn’t know if there’s still strength left to give. I saw myself incapable of raising another child. I was afraid if I could even do another mile. My heart was asking God if he was sure of this and then a mom sat in front of me. Along with this middle eastern mom were around five to seven little kids and toddlers sitting and standing up at the same time. The mom would scold and talk to the kids and yell and laugh with them. I smiled at God’s answer in disguise right in front of me. Little did this mom know that her badass motherhood I just witnessed just encouraged me big time. It was as if God was telling me that if He was able to sustain this mom from handling five or more kids, He can surely sustain me having three.
God Meets Moms
In the old days, men would go up the mountains just to have that moment and encounter with God, but with women, it’s the opposite. God would meet them in the well while they were getting water, sometimes while they were taking care of their sick kids, or while doing chores, because God knows what we do as women and He is ever present to meet the needs of tired and fully loaded moms. We just have to talk to God and embrace his presence in our lives and allow him to work in us and through us to refresh us.
Let God meet your needs. I honestly still lack many things as a mom; patience, great cooking and cleaning skills, gentleness, planning, etc. , but that is okay because that is where God’s grace enters in. That is why I seek God’s help. My weakness is where I see His strength starts in me. The moment I accept that I can’t do it by myself, that I am not enough, and that I need God’s help, is the open door at which God starts to move mightily in me.
As I seek Him and and His ways, He pours out his strength and wisdom upon me and makes me able to give what my children need.
Be refreshed. Whether you are a new mom, an experienced mom, or a grandmom, I know you can relate to how tough motherhood can be. Be reminded that you are not alone in this journey and though you may feel you lack many things, remember that God is able to make all grace abound to you so that in all things and at all times, you will abound in every good thing especially for the family he has entrusted under your care.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. – Psalm 28:7
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1
Dear Tired Mom,
Rest for a bit,
Let the busyness of life take its pause.
In every sigh, in every tear
Be reminded that God can hear.
Your present sacrifices
Are not in vain.
The Lord, your God
Is doing something in you
Even as you wash those dishes,
Change those stinky diapers,
And clean the endless mess in the house.
May you see the present
And enjoy every second of it
For one day, all these ‘tough times’
You are crying about
Will be mere memories
Of your journey being a strong mom
A mom whose strength is found in God alone (and sometimes, coffee 🙂 )
One day, you will share these stories of yours
To new moms who need a shoulder to cry on
And hands to lift them up
And you will be there with them
Leading them to the source
To whom you have gotten
your refreshment from.
Stay strong, woman.
Grandma who has been there and done that and, yet still gets refreshment from God
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