Today is my husband’s 40th birthday! Yesterday was also HUGE because I sent a complete book manuscript into my publisher. And tomorrow is already hanging heavy over my head because I’m scheduled to speak at a local MOPS group.
Needless to say, I have a few things on my mind that aren’t about mothering my little crew.
I have thoughts and commitments beyond being a fully engaged Face-to-Face interacting, faith building, dinner making, mess cleaning, boo-boo kissing mom! And it’s all good! Truly. God doesn’t just call us to one role at a time – especially moms! We wear a million different hats every long mothering day. Taxi driver, teacher, bible study leader, accountant, lover, disciplinarian, cook, maid, manager, special event coordinator… Even if you’re a stay-at-home mom, you’re home with lots of things going on within your family and within your own multi-faceted life.
And I commend you for trying to make it all work, all the while attempting to stay present and patient toward your people. This season of life takes a whole lot of muscle – as we try to do it all! But it also requires a whole lot of surrender! In the busyness of everything I have going on this week I am meditating and believing this beautiful picture of motherhood given to us in scripture:
There are days that I feel completely overwhelmed (those are usually the days I snap – when the children’s childish ways are simply too much for me to handle.) There are the days I slow down to seek the Lord. I ask Him if I’m doing too much, said yes to too many things, put on too many hats. And sometimes the answer is “YES – Yes, you have.” But other times His answer comes slowly but clearly, “No, I’ve just called you to hard things. But I will lead you… I gently lead those that have young.”
Sweet Mom friends, I want to encourage you to ask this same question of the Lord. “Have I said yes to too many things? Is the load I’m carrying too heavy because I’ve taken on too much?” The answer may be “YES – Yes, you have.” Or possibly, in His tender way, God may remind you, “No, I’ve just called you to do hard things. But I will lead you… I gently lead those that have young.”
I am not your Holy Spirit. I do not know if you’ve taken on too much. However, I know that when we are stressed, overwhelmed by it all, we tend be less gentle – and don’t we want to be like our shepherd? So, let’s seek Him today. Ask Him if our tendencies to explode have anything to do with the load we are carrying. Ask Him what might come off of your backs – for we were not created beasts of burden. And if there is nothing you can remove today, then surrender to His promise to take your heavy load and exchange it for His light and momentary burdens. For He longs to gently lead those of us with young.