Today, I am going to chat with you a little about something that God seems to be teaching me lately. I am a mom of 3 little ones. My oldest is 5 1/2, then I have an almost 3 year old and 8 month old. It is amazing and wonderful and also very busy and tiring. Motherhood is tiring, isn't it? I mean just sit and think about your day yesterday. It is nonstop and many times 24/7. Now, don't get me wrong, I absolutely love it. This is what I always wanted and hoped for. As much as I love motherhood, I also am learning that I cannot become consumed with this role.
It is easy to become consumed with it though. We tend to live and breathe being a mama. The thought of doing something for- gasp- ourselves- comes across as selfish and guilt fills up our mind. Or is that just me? I said earlier that God has been teaching me this lately because it seems to be a constant theme in my life right now. My kids need so much of me right now (I mean my 8 month old will not take a bottle- so you get the picture, right?!). I love pouring into them. Motherhood is such a ministry in my mind, but I also know that in order to minister to my little ones, I need to be filling up myself as well. A dried up, worn down mama is not going to be of any use to her children.
I want to ask you a question a minute friends, when was the last time you did something just for yourself- something that fed your soul? There have been times when if I asked myself this, I would really have to think and struggle to find a time. A pile of unread books sat on my dresser, a basket of unfinished crafts awaited my creativity... Reading, creating, writing... these things feed my soul. I can sit down and read for 10 minutes and come up so refreshed and ready to serve. It is amazing what a little thing like repainting a frame can do for my mindset.
Today I challenge you with 3 things:
- Figure out what feeds your soul.
- Pick one of these things and tell a friend or your husband about it.
- Do it. Schedule it in if you have to.
Your kids need to see you enjoying life. I want my children to grow up enjoying and loving life. I want them to sit and savor the taste of chocolate or a good cup of tea. Or to snuggle under the sunlight reading a lovely book... God created this amazing world filled with beautiful things to enjoy friends... don't push on one more minute without feeding yourself. When we care for ourselves, we can then go out and care for our family as we ought to. Let go of the guilt and feed your soul, friends.
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