Encouragement for the Weary Mom

Dear Weary Mom,

You are drowning in responsibilities, living with small people who are in constant need, and it is HARD. You are probably exhausted, poured out, and confused by the fact that you can't seem to do this "mom" thing well. I feel that way too!

But my friend, your feelings of insecurity and need are important and they are real. Don't just ignore them! You ARE struggling and failing in your own attempts to be and do everything right for your kids. Don't gloss over your need for help and release from this incredible burden, because there is someone waiting to welcome you into His arms.

When you notice that you aren't doing a good enough job, and you feel like it's impossible to carry on in your current circumstances, let that be like a red flag waving in your life. Notice it, acknowledge it, and don't go running to your usual means of comfort (extra coffee, more sweets, rigorous exercise, venting sessions with friends, media and entertainment, being away from home more, yelling at your kids, and all of those other things that provide temporary relief).

RUN TO JESUS. Pray. Humble yourself and ask him for strength, wisdom, guidance and love for your children.

God can and will equip you with everything you need for life and godliness through the Holy Spirit. When you surrender, and worship him with joy and praise, he can fill you to overflowing and transform your broken heart. He can be your refuge, hiding place, strength, comforter, redeemer, and faithful help in time of need. He is just waiting for you to stop going your own way and enjoy the special relationship made available to you through the sacrifice of Christ.

So fellow mom; BE ENCOURAGED...because if you turn to God and find your joy in Him in this life, then someday you will hear your Father welcome you into His kingdom on the basis of Christ's perfect work on your behalf. And this good news gives you all the hope to keep going in the midst of today's hard.

Your weary-mom friend, Emily

For more about weariness, listen to Episode 24 | Joy in Motherhood and Episode 10 | When You Feel Alone