Quite honestly, I don’t have a post planned out, as these past weeks — well the whole summer really — have been hectic for us, and it’s not really how I thought the summer would go…
We had a busy June with summer camps. Emotions have been running high. The kids’ schedules are still off with Finley being home. There have been LOTS of meltdowns. Tantrums. Bickering, Whining. Not-so-great sleeping schedules and naps. Attitudes. And testing. LOTS of testing. For moms who find themselves in a similar situation, just know you’re not alone.
Transitions are tough, especially for kids when they don’t know how to adequately express their emotions and feelings. I actually shared a post about this on my Instagram recently you can find it here. She also shared a personal story about her daughter this week, which you can read here. She – @themompsychologist – is a really great follow for all the things we parents struggle with when having little ones at home. All of it was very accurate and spot on with what we have been dealing with this week, even with Jett.
With that being said, I’ve really been leaning into my weekly devotionals to help me maintain my sanity, and I thought I would share some verses / excerpts / thoughts that resonated with me. There’s no common theme really, just some things that stuck out to me and helped me gain a clearer perspective on my current motherhood journey. I sure hope they help you too **hugs**
- Don’t run away from what’s scaring you. That’s the devil trying to get into your head. If you run away, there’s a good change you’re ignoring what God is calling you to do. Instead, pray for God to give you the strength you need to get through it, and trust him. When you don’t listen and follow what God is calling you to do, then it will feel like you’re losing your mind and everything is spinning out of control.
- If you’re stressed, look at your priorities. Are you placing the things first that need to be first in your life? Are you trying to control things that are our of your control? Are you being reasonable about your goals / to-do lists for yourself (I really really suck at this one)?
- If you’re not seeing the results you want to see for a goal, a dream, a change in your parenting, take a step back. Have you prayed about it? Is the way you’re going about things the only way? Remember: It’s ok to shift our goals, dreams or parenting styles. Things change, and we can adapt. If you struggle with change, pray.
- From my devotional on the Bible App: “We can falsely assume that God isn’t listening to us because he might not be doing things in the way that we would like him to. We need to know is that God isn’t some magic genie whose main job is to grant our wishes. God is all-powerful and all-knowing. He is working all situations out for our good, and the things we ask for may hurt us. We need to understand that God is always listening and is ready to listen. We shouldn’t allow the progression of a situation to determine whether we keep communicating with him.”
- Do you start your day with God, either talking to him, praying to him or doing a devotional? What about remembering to come to him throughout the day? When something is stressing you out? When you feel scared? Worried? Anxious? I was challenged this next week to set aside at least 3 times each day to meet with God, and I am anxious to see how this changes the course of the week. Full disclosure, I am have been trying for well over a year to wake up in the morning to spend time with God BEFORE the kids are up, and I just can’t seem to get in the swing of things. I used to be up at 4:30/5:00am every single morning before kids, and I miss it.
- Do you get enough sleep? Do you stay up way too late scrolling your phone, checking emails, working, catching up on bills…etc.? Recently, I’ve not been doing a very good job at getting the rest I know I need to be my best the next day, and I think this is playing a HUGE role in me not waking up before the kids to take that time I need as well.
I know this all was a mumble-jumble of my thoughts, but I feel like that’s all I was last week, and I feel like other moms need to know they’re not the only ones who feel lost in the shuffle, discombobulated, confused, lost, tired, stressed, and a whole mess of emotions. As I remind you each week, just know you’re not alone in those feelings EVER! Motherhood is a wild + crazy journey that no one can prepare you for because each of our journey’s is different.
Hang in there mama, you got this 🙂
Verses to Remember This Week…
Isaiah 40:31: “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Lamentations 3:25: “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.”
Exodus 14:14: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Psalm 27:14: “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
Romans 12:12: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
james 1:12 : “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”
**If you need more, check out Open Bible’s 100 verses on “Waiting on God.”
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