To The Overwhelmed Mom,
You are not alone. I think every mom can admit they have been there (or even admit to being there once a day). You are day dreaming of a moment alone in the shower, or a coffee by yourself. You are wiping your tears and trying to suck it up. You think you have this mom thing down, then your child wakes up in full tantrum mode, they have a blow out all over you, your laundry piles up, and your to do list seems impossible to accomplish.
The everyday tasks of motherhood can be extremely overwhelming and humbling. You can easily begin to feel under-appreciated, devalued, and over worked. You are not alone. You have purpose and meaning. What you are doing matters. Motherhood is your mission field.
When that overwhelming feeling sets in and you feel like you are barely hanging on, remember to look at Jesus. His last task, his final act of service, was to pick up a towel, get on his knees and wash the disciples feet. I envision him kindly and tenderly taking each disciples foot and removing all of the dirt. It was a low, under-appreciated task, but it demonstrated amazing love. It said, you are loved, you matter. And right after, he said…
“I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you” – John 13:15
This verse causes us to see all of those thankless tasks in a new way. Do you see how you can follow Jesus’ example while wiping runny noses, changing dirty diapers, cleaning toilets or washing dishes? The position of your heart doing these tasks matters. Your acts of service bring glory to God when you are a selfless example.
So, today, if you are feeling down, I want to encourage you. You matter. Your service matters. The Lord sees your work. You are valuable. Continue to serve Him and follow His example. Follow His example not only through your service to your children, but also to other moms you know. Take a moment to encourage another mom in your life. Send your friend a sweet text of encouragement, comment on a mom’s Instagram, or even bust out a pen/paper and mail a card of encouragement.
In His Love,
A Mom Whose Been There