If you are a tired mom, you are my tribe.
If you have tried to sneak a few quiet moments to close your eyes only to be jarred awake by the alarming shriek of “MOOOOOOM,” and then be asked by the person standing in front of you if she was allowed to have a snack, you are my people.
If you have ever extended your stay in the bathroom because the door has a lock, you are my kindred.
If you make sure dinner is cooked, lunches are packed and the coffee is on… If you stay up late to watch TV with your teenager and take late night phone calls from your adult children, and pray unendingly for protection over your flock, you are a mother. You are a good, tired mother.
I would like to think my recent spell of exhaustion is something new, but I think its more a steady pattern of tired that ebbs and flows.
My oldest son is soon to be 23 and my youngest just turned 7. My resources are spread between many ages, seasons of life and the problems that come with them. I check off reading logs just after my married daughter calls because she is sick.
Here’s something I’ve learned and forgotten and tried to learn again, my tiredness isn’t about sleep, its about God.
Tiredness isn’t about sleep. It is about God.
Let’s read Hebrews 13: 20-21 as if he is speaking straight to you.
Now may the God of peace—
who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
may he equip you with all you need
for doing his will.
May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him.
All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.
Do you get the enormity of what this holy scripture is saying?
The God of the resurrected Jesus, who is the provider to his people, who bound and sealed the promise with blood, is giving you everything you need to do everything he asks. The power of Jesus Christ will produce every good thing that you will accomplish today. Every. Good. Thing.
So mamas, when your soul is weary and your body is tired, go to the source of power. Plug in to him through worship and prayer. Ask for him to breathe life into you the same way he exhaled life into Eve. Ask him to give your body strength like he did Elizabeth. Ask him to give you a willing, obedient heart like Mary.
Moms, we can do this. With Him we can do this.
He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young. Isaiah 40:11