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The Struggle to Juggle

I don’t know about you but I struggle to juggle some things life throws my way. With breakfast, lunch, dinner, the never ending piles of laundry, and dishes, plus the sweeping, mopping, vacuuming etc. Between all that stuff you still have to find time to kiss ‘ouchies’, teach important life lessons, and give lots of love; it’s tough being a full time Mommy. Just to get real and personal for a minute, I had a really hard time transitioning from having two kids to having three kids. It was a constant struggle to keep up with everything. I had to rely on my husband more than I ever have before. I began to get so worked up about all the house duties that small opportunities to teach and love on my children became more of a nuisance than an enjoyment. I have a friend that once compared the duties of house work to waking up in the morning and digging a hole. No matter how hard she tried, the next morning that hole would be filled in and she would have to dig it again. This is so true, the work load of a full time mother, or any mother for that matter, is large. I had made a really big hole for myself and was very consumed with it. Finally one day I asked myself if this type of mother is glorifying to God. In that moment I realized that I wasn’t the type of mother I wanted to be, much less who God wanted me to be. I was a frustrated, task oriented Mother whose priorities were way out of order. To resolve the problem I had to first seek out God’s discernment on how to love, discipline, and train my children. I also have to draw my strength from God and God alone. After all that is in line, I make my hole much smaller, I keep shoveling, just not so vigorously. My beautiful shinny hardwood floors are kind of a big deal to me, so the fact that I try to clean them when I can find the time instead of making sure they are done at the first spot of dirt is huge for me. I have to remember that my floors are not the next generation that I’m raising, my children are. Sometimes I think I learn more from my children than they learn from me. I think a lot of us go through this struggle, also I think not a lot of people talk about it, they put on a happy face and go on their merry way pretending their life is better than others. I hate to hear that another mother thinks she is all alone in feeling overwhelmed, or made to feel that she has fallen short. We should all be there for one another to encourage and lift one another up, for the common goal of raising the next generation for God’s glory. For those of you out there that are over whelmed with this huge task, I urge you to put the cleaning supplies down, love on your little blessings, and seek after the Lord, He delights in teaching us that through Him all things are possible.

 

1 comment to The Struggle to Juggle

  • Amanda Cambron

    I really enjoy reading your blogs. I am a working mother of two. Sometimes I feel like I can’t get everything done and just when I seem to complete one task and move to the next, the previous task has become unraveled. I’m guilty of packing the kids up on my days off and going out to avoid running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

    I am glad to know that I am not the only ine. I was always a stay at home mom up until a year ago. Oh how I would give anything to be at home again. Juggling a job and a 6 & 8 year old is very trying at times. If it weren’t for God and my faith in him, I would be a total wreck.

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