At night, I think my children have a meeting. When we turn out the lights, the boys leave their room and tiptoe across the hallway. Slowly, they close the door of the girl’s room. In whispered tones I think they discuss a few things about the next day. I think they get together at night to choose who will wake up at the crack of dawn the next day.
Everyday at 6:30 or 7:00 am sharp ONE of them opens my door and whispers: “Mommy?” It is a different child every single morning!? How do they coordinate it? Who gets what morning? And why does just ONE wake up??
Either way, this momma has to stumble, literally, out of bed to hush the first one awake and pray to the Good Lord that no one else wakes up until I have a chance to make my coffee and take a shower. I can’t just explain to my three-year-old that mommy went to bed late, so please let me sleep in. Nope.
Have you ever noticed that when there is more than one straw in a milkshake, everyone sucks faster? Everyone knows they are competing, and every sip from someone else means less for you. People start breathing through their noses to minimize lost time.
I have felt for a long time that when you have little children, they have a straw that taps directly into your energy. The milkshake cup is me, and the milkshake is my energy, and every child is armed with a straw. Infants who are either in the womb or nursing have a competitive edge on this, and get to take as much as they want before it even hits the glass. Read the rest of the article here.
Children need so much from us. Their little bodies need food. Daily. Their little hearts need encouragement. Daily. The mom-guilt that I’m never doing enough, being enough, or having enough to give them weighs on me. Those lies from the enemy sink into my heart.
I have learned early on that strength is something I pray for constantly. Strength for my body. Strength for my heart. Strength for patience, wisdom, love, and grace.
I found this verse in Isaiah.
Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”
What an amazing process we have in these verses! We have all the strength we need. Not in ourselves, but in our God. He will save us from the mom-guilt. He will save us from whatever we are facing. He will give us the strength.
We have the strength, because Jesus is our strength: Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” You have the strength to get out of bed today. You have the physical strength to take a shower. You have the strength to reach out to that one person in your life who needs your words and your touch. You have the strength to listen. To laugh. To live. You have the strength to love. Not in yourself, but in Jesus.
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