Lately my days have been spent mostly rocking a feverish baby, wiping snotty noses and trying to grab a few moments of sleep when I can. The winter colds have hit our house pretty hard and this Momma is tired.
Even with sick kids, it is hard for me to just sit during the day. My mind begins to go over all that I need to be doing but can’t. While I’m rocking the baby I think about the laundry that still needs to be washed or the emails I haven’t answered yet. When the baby finally goes to sleep I hope to get as much done as I can, but then I see one of my other kids making their selves comfy on the couch, grabbing a box of tissues and asking me to make them hot tea or something else to make them feel better.
I have to remember the time I invest in my children now will have lasting affects later on. My kids are not a distraction or a burden as the world often portrays them to be. They are precious and well worth my time and energy-even when I have no energy. All the time I spend wiping noses, rocking sick babies or just listening to a troubled teenager, it’s all worth it. I’m not looking for rewards or recognition. I just want to be the mom my kids need and deserve.
But I have to admit; lately I have not felt that I have measured up at all. I am running on empty. I’m exhausted. My temper is short. I just want to sleep for more than 2 hours at a time at night. How can I still be the mom my kids need?
Even in the midst of sick kids & crazy schedules, I can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit walking with me, guiding me, carrying me through my days. I can’t make it on my own. I must lean on the Lord & ask him for help, strength and clarity of mind. How amazingly faithful he is to provide that to me. Even on days when I can’t sit down and read my Bible, I can simply call on the Lord and know he is there.
I encourage you mom, know where your strength comes from. All that you do is important, even wiping noses and scrubbing dirty floors. It all ministers to the heart of God and to the hearts of your children.
I’m off to go wipe another runny nose.
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