Dear Mom Who Needs a Break,
Sometimes the noise is just TOO loud. Sometimes the requests are just TOO many. Sometimes the complaining is just TOO much.
When you feel like you need a break…..it’s because you probably do.
I’m not talking about running off and “escaping your problems”. No, it isn’t that. Our children aren’t problems that need to be pushed off to someone else or avoided.
But there is an honest to goodness truth that we, as mothers, need refreshment. Quiet time. Or just five minutes to use the bathroom by ourselves.
How is it possible to find this elusive refreshment? A sanctuary in the midst of the chaos?
We can steal those moments without making “me-time” an idol and at the same time not neglecting our need for a true “break” from time to time. It takes a bit of forethought and intentional living, but it IS possible. And it’s so necessary…..so we can rediscover the joy in motherhood.
We can find this refreshment in God’s Word, which we might be reading on an app on our phone while nursing the baby.
We can seek assurance and comfort in our prayers, which we may be throwing up at random moments throughout the day as our hands scrub dishes in the sink.
We can talk to our Creator as we drive to the grocery store late in the evening, shopping alone when children are in bed (or as alone as we can get in a public place).
We can begin our day earlier, thinking through our schedule as we are firmly bent on keeping our eyes open until the coffee is ready.
We can trust and know that God is with us in all the moments, even, and especially in, the chaotic ones. That at the very moment we think we can’t go on another second without a “break”, that His Word breaks in and gives us peace.
The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace. Psalm 29:11
For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes. Jeremiah 31:25
Go in grace, mom, you’re doing great!