This week I’m sharing an article that I wrote for the blog Mothers Uncensored. You can check out the original post here.

When My Heart Is Weary

I’m tired! I just wanna run away and hide!!  Yep I said it! It has been one of those nights… Most nights go smoothly, but tonight has been a tough one. I have tried to put my baby down for bed at least six times. I have given her 2 more bottles of milk than normal, I have told her to go to sleep at least 75 times… with no success! I’m feeling frustrated… I had a long day at work and have a full day tomorrow. I’m in a perpetual state of exhaustion and any little sleep I can get is welcomed and wanted…

After I finally get my little one to sleep TWO HOURS later than original bed time, I have to get everything else ready for the long and busy day we all have tomorrow… I really wish I could just take the day off and sleep… but no…  work responsibilities are calling… I wish I could just close my eyes and escape for a little while so that I can get my sanity back! Can I just crawl into the bed and hide???

Have you ever felt like this? I know I have… many times. Being a mom is hard work in general, then add in the pressures of work, outside demands and even demands from our husbands and things can feel so overwhelming. Some days I just want to crawl in the bed, pull the covers up over my head and sleep to my heart’s (and body’s) content.

It’s during these times and days that I step back and say a little prayer. It’s either that or cry.  I ask the Lord for grace and strength to meet the demands that are being placed upon me. And I ask for patience and peace during this challenging time. It is also in these times that I remember the following verses:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

 

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

 

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Isaiah 40:29

As I do that, I am reminded that I need to trust and rely on the Lord for strength to meet the demands of this busy life. I’m so grateful that I do not have to do this all on my own, but that I can draw from the strength that only He can give.

As I do this, my anxiety begins to decrease and I am in a better place, mentally and emotionally. Yes, the lunches might still need to be made, there might still be laundry that needs to be folded, and there might be some dishes in the sink, but my heart and mind are at ease and I have an incredible peace that passes all understanding. My attitude begins to shift and I begin to look at my situation differently.

Yes, I’m TIRED… but I’m also very GRATEFUL.

Grateful for a baby who even though she can be a handful sometimes, she is healthy and always has a way of putting a smile on my face…

Grateful for food that I am able to make for lunches…

Grateful for laundry that when clean, provides clothes for us to wear…

And grateful that even though I might be exhausted, I have a wonderful, blessed life that I wouldn’t trade for anything…

So yes…. I’m tired… scratch that… I’m EXHAUSTED! But I have sooo much to be grateful for. Yes, I might only get a few hours of sleep tonight… but I will be sleeping with a smile in my heart because I know how truly blessed I am.

Gr8fully Yours,