When the Essentials Alone Wear a Mom Out

Everyone talks about minimizing stress in your life by cutting out the non-essentials that are weighing you down. But what if the essentials are the only things you’re currently doing and it’s still so hard? What then?

A mom’s life doesn’t usually afford the luxury of “slowing down” and “taking time for herself” as they say whenever a mom feels pressed, when real, everyday life is so full and demanding even with no extras added.

This morning as I️ trudged out of bed way too early after a restless night, with a long day ahead packed with necessary good, I️ shook my head and did the only thing I️ knew would actually help: I asked God to be my strength because I️ had none. Sometimes it’s as simple as that. Over and over again.

Father, You tell me to come to You, so here I am. I’m tired and weak today, and it feels as if I have nothing to give my people and my day. But you are the Giver of all things and I pray and ask today that You would fill me to the brim with You. My life might be crazy right now, but I don’t have to be. I love and trust You. Thank You for loving me and for Your continual presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” // 2 Corinthians 12:9

 

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Amanda is the mother of eight kids through birth and adoption and has been married for eighteen years to the most helpful man on the planet. She is an encouraging voice for moms everywhere through the written and spoken word. In addition to The Masterpiece Mom blog and podcast, she also writes at AmandaBacon.com and is over the top in love with Instagram (@amanda_baconbits). Come over and say hi!
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Amanda is the mother of eight kids through birth and adoption and has been married for eighteen years to the most helpful man on the planet. She is an encouraging voice for moms everywhere through the written and spoken word. In addition to The Masterpiece Mom blog and podcast, she also writes at AmandaBacon.com and is over the top in love with Instagram (@amanda_baconbits). Come over and say hi!

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  1. Amanda, visiting from h*w. What a wonderful piece. As mamas, we sometimes can’t get off the front lines, but God’s grace IS sufficient! -jill

  2. Hey Amanda!

    Long time no see-since being in Renee’s speaker group together! Three years ago I think!

    I wanted you to know the essentials are weighing my heart down. In fact, it began when our first born became a toddler. Oddly, it took a get away with my hubby for 4 nights (three kids later) to reveal it to me.

    I’m laboring for rest while laboring to raise little worshipers. This is the new cry of my heart. With one old struggle in the rear view, a new one (not really) comes into clear view!

    One thought that helps me is seeing each obstacle as an opportunity to teach. Then the added thought of rejoicing in that opportunity rather than repelling it because I just want to be left alone!

    The stress is incredible and I can’t imagine your load. I pray you’ll send a beacon of the love of Christ to your Littles ás you patent them. 💗

    • Hi Christy! So nice to hear from you! Yes, rejoicing in the opportunity. That’s so good. May we not wish these opportunities away. 🙂

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