It started when Savannah, my toddler, decided she wouldn’t eat anything healthy. My frustration really wasn’t about her eating habits but I took my angst out on her bento box. I had to pack her lunch again for school and she liked none of the things I packed the day before. All of the fruit, veggies, meat, and cheese had gone uneaten. So, bento box went flying (in my head).
In reality, I calmly packed her another lunch. Savannah, walked around the corner and showed me what she had done on the floor with her stickers, to our dog. She said, “Mommy, mess!” Yes, I had a mess on my hands and my heart, too. It didn’t involve a bento box.
Do you have days when you are totally overwhelmed–running behind, out of time, and unable to complete the daily to-do’s?
These Negative thoughts swirl in my head as my list increases:
I’m never going to get all this done.
I have nothing more to give.
I’m buried in laundry and covered in daily tasks.
I am out of time, out of ability.
I can’t manage it all.
Beware! It’s a trap Satan set up for us mommas. Yep, it’s a con he’s played. If he bogs our minds down with feeling overpowered by motherhood and work, then we will be ineffective in training the next generation. We won’t model hope and ability. We’ll be immulating frustration and anger.
Don’t let him steal your joy in motherhood.
All of this burned-out frustration reveals my mind has to change.
How can we retrain the way we think so that we can do many things to bless God and grow His Kingdom?
Run to God when you feel overwhelmed. If you are running to Him when you feel overwhelmed, you are really moving forward.
We’re not running behind; we’re moving forward.
How do you run to him?
Pray His Word
in that feeling of frustration, and have a quote ready from the Bible to speak out loud over your situation. Cry out for wisdom as you pray it. This way, His word, not your child’s inability to potty train, will define you as a mother. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you that what you are already doing is building the kingdom.
Cry out for Insight when you are Covered in Responsibilities!
When you get that negative thought, counteract it with a Bible verse. Take it captive by saying, She senses the worth of her work.Proverbs 31:17 MSG
Remember Who You Are
Remember WHO God IS!
All I have to-do is Surpassed by Who God Is!
These are meaningful tasks but you mean more than what you can do for your family. Others’ standards are not meant for you! You are MORE IMPORTANT than bottle washing.
Yes, wash those bottles but don’t get hung up on a few in the sink because your son needs your attention at the moment.
No matter how menial the task, what you do as a mom counts for the kingdom!
We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV
When we get discouraged because we aren’t accomplishing what we want for the day, and we need to remember all that we have done. REMEMBER who you are in Christ. You are already loved, JUST.AS.YOU.ARE.
Write a Different List
Counteract the stuff left undone by writing a list of all things you have done.
Here’s my short list:
I snuggled with my Savannah.
I read her a book.I sang to her.
We prayed to Jesus.
Then, you will see that while projects may be incomplete, our little people have been loved and nurtured.
The Proverbs 31 Woman knows that what she does is worthwhile. Momma, what you do during the day is valuable. How are you examining your work in the home? Do you see it through God’s eyes or man’s? Your work is a reflection of you but IS NOT you. Don’t evaluate yourself by the world’s standards, they were never meant for you.
Momma’s, please share one way you can take captive your negative thoughts or redefine your to-do list God’s way?
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