January 21, 2013 Vicki Ohlerking


January 21 2013

by Celeste Gonzalez | Celebration Church | Austin, TX | Follow of Twitter

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.