See if you can relate:
I am “in it” right now. I have two toddler boys and another 9-month old boy following hot on their heels. I was never a super-together mom, but having my third really threw me off kilter. After four years of no breaks between pregnancies and the newborn/night feeding stage I feel like I’m in a permanent state of exhaustion. I am a human pinball careening from one child to the next, leaving tasks in various states of completion and feeling like I’m not doing anything well.
I yearn for my own space/time/rest and in that desire, I often fail to do my best for my family. For the first time in our marriage, I feel like I don’t have anything left for my husband. He is incredibly patient but I need to do better.
My relationship with God has fallen even further down the list and THAT is at the heart of my emotional turmoil. So many of your posts echo the thoughts in my head, letting me know I am not alone, but also point back towards God and scripture, convicting me of the places I need to start working on first. Thank you for that. Now to start working…without doing the usual “become perfect by tomorrow” plan.
The words of wisdom above were in an email that I received a while back. Oh how I love reading your emails and comments. It helps me realize that I am not alone in the craziness!
I love the metaphor she uses of the pinball! This is so true. I bounce from one person to another begging to be released of the game by the end of the day.
This email echoes several recent questions on the ABC Jesus Loves Me Facebook Group. Each time I post a comment, I encourage the group to rise early to spend time with our Savior. Not because I have all the answers but because I made so many mistakes that forced me to run to God.
As our sweet sister said in the email above, “making sense of the daily madness begins when our eyes are on Christ.” This is first and foremost if change is going to happen.
One more time: Making sense of daily madness begins when our eyes are on Christ.
Sweet friends, we are unable to change ourselves. We are unable to change our circumstances. Trust me. I have tried both with much fervor. (Read “What is Your Reaction to the Roaring River?”)
If we want change to happen, we must run into God’s arms broken and ready for heart surgery. No more excuses about lack of time or the season of life. Today is the perfect day for true change to begin. But don’t worry; the surgeon is gentle and it will change your life.
Want to begin your day with your eyes on Christ? I encourage you to read my free ebook “A Quiet Time Worth the Time.”