Any Mom’s out there? Isn’t it great?!
I mean, most of the time.
Being a mother is one of the greatest joys of my life. That said, it is also one of the most challenging roles I’ve ever had to play! I had my third & last baby, Kya, in April of this year & — while she is one of the biggest blessings God has given me — my emotional state almost got the best of me.
I started off Kya’s life with 30 hours of no sleep & did I mention that she was 9lbs 2oz? About five weeks into Kya’s life I was so miserable. She was not sleeping through the night & I still had two other very active children to entertain.
One day I dropped my two older children off at their Nana’s house (I was secretly wishing she would ask to keep Kya as well) & left to have lunch with my husband. At the restaurant I looked my husband straight in the eyes & said to him through tears, “I’m just so sad…” He had no idea what to do with me.
After lunch I headed home. This is the time I would usually use to clean, cook, & organize, but I had a major revelation instead: maybe I should give this nap thing a try. Kya & I laid down & slept for THREE hours. When I awoke I felt like my fairy godmother had come & waved her magic wand over me & bibitty-bobitty-booed me back to normal!
Hmm…so, I was not sad, depressed or crazy?! I was simply TIRED & naps are essential to being a healthy mom!
Any ministry gals out there? Isn’t it great?!
I mean most of the time.
If you’ve been in ministry long you know how tiring & spiritually draining it can be at times. You’re caring for your own family in addition to the wonderful God-family He has placed around you. It can be very tiring. It is essential for you to recognize these seasons & take a pause from time to time to allow yourself to be recharged spiritually, mentally, & physically.
“But there is so much work to do,” you say? Yes. There always will be. But working emotionally exhausted, spiritually drained, & physically wiped will not benefit the work that God has called you to do.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me & you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me & work with me — watch how I do it” Matthew 11:28-29, The Message version.
Hmm… perhaps you are not sad, depressed, or crazy. You simply need to be still & allow the Father to refuel you! This rest is essential to being a healthy minister.