This past weekend, I shared with my newsletter subscribers about a rough time I’ve been going through with the baby. Aidan, my first baby, was sleeping through the night by the time he was about three months old. We’re about to hit the six month mark with Andrew, and there is no end in sight. Many of these nights have involved getting up with him a half dozen times or more.
That’s approximately 180 nights of poor sleep.
I. am. tired.
There have been days when I just don’t think I can do it anymore. When I want to say, “Time out! Send in the relief pitcher! I’m done!”
Of course, I know I can’t. There is no such thing as quitting motherhood, and I truly wouldn’t want to even if I could. I absolutely adore being a mom to my two little guys.
But it definitely can be exhausting.
Fortunately, you and I don’t have to go at this alone. We don’t have to know everything, be everything, and do everything. When we feel as though we simply do not have the strength to continue, that’s a cause for rejoicing! It is often then that we finally let go and rest in the hands of the One who does know everything, is everything, and can doeverything. As Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:9 (my favorite verse for motherhood!), our weaknesses are cause for celebration, for it is through them that God’s power works in us.
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20 Scriptures for the Weary Mom
2 Corinthians 12:9
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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
For I, the Lord your God,
hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
1 Chronicles 16:11
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
…being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Read these Scriptures, but don’t stop there! Write them out for yourself. Did you know that the simple act of writing things down helps transfer them from your short-term memory to your long-term memory? It’s true!
So write out the Scriptures. Post them where you will see them regularly, or where you can easily access them when you need them. When I was going through a trying time several years ago, I wrote verses on these spiral-bound index cards and carried them in my purse so I always had them with me.
Finally, I’ve mentioned it before, and I will continue to talk about it because I love it so much – I HIGHLY recommend the book Real Moms … Real Jesus by Jill Savage. This book spoke straight to my heart and encouraged me more than any other book on motherhood I think I’ve ever read. It brought new life into my mothering and set me up for many years of intentional motherhood and deeper relationship with Jesus. You can read more about the book in my full review, and I hope you at least consider giving it a read!
If you’re going through a difficult season, know that you are not alone! Being a mom offers tremendous rewards, but it also presents incredible demands. Admitting that you are weary does not make you weak, it makes you human. Even the strongest mothers get tired. And it is when we humble ourselves enough to admit we cannot do it on our own that we open the door for God’s power to work in us and through us. And He is ready and willing, just waiting for you to ask.
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