I opened up my Facebook page and I was overwhelmed by all the engagement that my facebook post was receiving. I think all the engagement speaks to the truth of how easily a mom can become burned-out.
The Facebook post I am speaking about was a simple verse from the Bible.
“The Joy of the Lord is my Strength” Psalm 28:7
We have been blessed with the gift of motherhood. Although a blessing, it often comes with great sacrifice and the need of physical and mental rest. When we don’t take the time to slow down the burned-out feeling overwhelms us.
Recently, I stumbled upon an instagram post by Manda Carpenter. She described motherhood perfectly through her recent experience in fostering two little girls.
“Today is proof that my joy and heartache can coexist”
With these few words, she illustrated what I have been feeling lately.
Being a mom has been one of my greatest joys, but it doesn’t mean that this stage of my life isn’t hard.
Motherhood has brought to light my sinful nature. It has taught me to humble myself and ask for forgiveness. Not only to my kids but to my own mom. It has shown me compassion and grace.
Most importantly, it has helped me to understand God’s unconditional love for me.
As moms, most of our days look very similar.
We give. We serve. We love.
Some days we cry and others we hide. We some times finish our days feeling burned-out.
Those days when there is no more to give and all I want is to rest, these three things help me to keep going.
Find an outlet
Blogging has become this for me. Writing my thoughts down has helped me to be able to express myself better.
I am able to examine the roots of my feelings and pin-point what I need to change.
It has made me a more patient mom and wife. Even though I am the writer, I am also learning from what I read and write. It is also a good reminder of how God is working in my life.
Find an outlet for yourself. It doesn’t have to be writing, it can be anything that helps you. I know of people that find knitting has provided similar results.
Think about something that you would like to try or maybe you already know that you are good at and give it a go.
Just start doing more of that!
Find a community
It has been a blessing to be able to talk to other moms about the challenges that come with motherhood.
Find a community close to you. Most churches have mom groups and if yours doesn’t look at it as an opportunity for you to start one.
Four times a year I attend an event called Mom2Mom. The purpose of this event is for younger moms to have the opportunity to interact with older moms. We are able to learn from their experiences and ask for advice as we need it.
Connect with the strength that never runs out
Motherhood illustrates our relationship with God.
He understands what we are going through. He empathizes with us.
As a child of God I have seen myself so many times through my kids’ actions. The difference being that God’s tank never hits empty.
During the times when you feel burned-out you can draw from his strength.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
I was invited to guest blog for Bible Reasons. I wrote about how God’s truth has helped me through times when all I wanted was rest but my mind wouldn’t shut down. I listed two ways that will help you connect with God and be reminded of his truth whenever you need it.
MamiMalista was created to build community among moms that needed to know that they are not alone. Become part of the conversation. Let me know in the comments what other ways you have found to be helpful when you have felt like there is nothing else to give.