faith,  family,  inspiration

tired & frustrated

Anybody else feel like when you look up the word “motherhood” in the dictionary… that the word “exhaustion” should be RIGHT next to it?

This was the opening line to a recent blog post from my friend Karen. It’s so true though, isn’t it? I know that more often that not I’m tired (and sometimes allow the frustration to sink in as well). There are so many times that I sit down and five minutes later get stir crazy, knowing there is 100 things to be done around the house or with the business. I am so grateful that our pastor recognized that every woman is tired & frustrated in his last sermon. I felt validated when I heard that. I’m not alone! and he’s helping men to understand the complexities of women (if even possible).

What is it about womanhood that makes us so tired? Is it the feeling that we have to do it all? That we have to become the Proverbs 31 woman? Is it the Mommy Wars?

I don’t want to spend a lot of your precious time on this today, but I want to leave you with two thoughts as we think about our role as {tired} mommy & wife:

1. In Christ, I am priceless
1 Corinthians 6:20 says “for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” It doesn’t say you must be all and do all. It says to honor God, because we were bought with a high price (Christ’s death).

2. In Christ, I am complete
Colossians 2:8-10 says, “Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.” We are complete in Christ, we don’t have to compete with other women in motherhood, success, homemaking. Trust in His promises.

What if we knew in the core of our being, that we don’t have to measure up.  What if we knew that Jesus Christ loves and accepts us just as we are.  That He is passionate about our children and will walk beside us, in all our shortcomings, to make us the kind of mom we need to be.  What if we could quit judging cute mom or healthy mom or crafty mom and instead see them as real, human mom in need of love and encouragement just like us? (Mom vs. Mom, via lovingmylot.com)

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