Do you feel poorly about yourself for yelling at your Littles? Do you feel like your child(ren) control you more than you control them? Are you tired of being tired from correcting their behavior? Feel like a failure?
First of all…know that you are NOT alone. The enemy wants us to feel isolated as Mommas, that we are the only ones struggling in this journey we call motherhood. He (the enemy) wants to render us useless by making us feel worn out all the time and down on ourselves. Parenting can be such an emotional roller-coaster. I know, I’m living it. I believe the enemy wreaks havoc in our homes and seeks to steal our joy as Moms.
In my struggle, I’ve found that when I do the following, my days go so much more smoothly and I feel better equipped to take on whatever the day holds. I admit, I’m not the best at employing these things, but I pray that I can get in a routine to do them regularly because I know for a fact that they work.
Here’s my prescription:
- Set your alarm if you have to, but get up at the very least 30 minutes before your children wake up in the morning. The earlier you get up, even if you’re not a morning person (like me!), the better your day will go.
- Make yourself a cup of coffee (or a pot!) or whatever beverage that aids you in being more alert.
- Take some time to be in God’s Word to renew your mind and transform your thinking. If you have the time, take a minute or two to personalize the Scriptures through journaling how these verses apply to you and your life.
- Take a hot shower.
These (4) things alone have helped me tremendously! The more time you have, the more you can accomplish, such as making your bed, or taking time to exercise. More important than exercising your body however, is investing time in the Word. If you can work in a nap while your children are napping, that can do wonders for your mental outlook and energy level, especially if you’re an older Momma, like me!
In addition to this morning schedule, I’ve found that being in community with other Moms, such as MOPS, is extremely helpful. Also, time out in the evenings with a girlfriend or even just time alone outside the walls of your home, can be a real shot in the arm. Occasional date nights with your spouse is extremely important and something I fail to do. I’m working on it. Committing to a short-term Bible study at your church, which also offers child care is yet another idea.
Having time to yourself, being in God’s Word to renew your mind, and being in community with other like-minded Moms is the best recipe I’ve found to shore you up emotionally, mentally and spiritually all to equip you for whatever your day holds. Try it and see if you agree!