How God Gives Strength to the Tired Mom
God wired you a unique way as a mom. Read on to find out what it is and how God provides strength for the tired mom in every area.
I couldn’t believe how the day went. I spent my entire day on family needs, one project taking many more hours than I had anticipated. Dejected, I sat in my rocker with sore feet a half hour before bedtime and grabbed a few tissues to erase the evidence of wet lashes in case anyone would see.
There were a couple more time-sensitive tasks that needed to be finished before I went to sleep. I guess I could be grateful; I still had time to finish all my mom responsibilities.
Yet the bitter fact remained: there would be no time to do what I wanted to do. What I looked forward to all day long needed to be planned for another day.
Do they realize what I go through for them? How much I sacrifice?
The full weight of my disappointment added to my guilt. I shouldn’t feel this way—the door of resentment needs to stay tightly shut.
Help, Lord! Provide strength for this tired mom!
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 (ESV)
There are sometimes days like this when momma duties have left me exhausted physically, emotionally, and spiritually by the end of it, but I know I’ll get up tomorrow and keep going. Because I’m a mom.
See I made a prior commitment to God that I would train and disciple my kids. That takes forethought. So my plans—even those of writing in this online space—get pushed aside sometimes. It happens despite taking time to determine our schedules and following them.
Recently I realized the word prior is the first part of the word priority. Those prior responsibilities take precedence over what I’d rather do at times. They must be taken care of despite feeling spent.
Strength-Sapped or Sassy Mom?
Several years ago my son received a remote controlled robot as a gift. It was probably a foot or more tall and it would spout off a few pre-recorded messages here and there. The one I remember the most was when it bumped into an object it would say something like, “You need to vacuum the floor!” As if I needed nagging toys. I do not miss that robot!
A mom’s list of responsibilities seems to never end. It’s easy to get tired.
But you know what really saps my strength? It’s when I don’t:
- take a Daily Time with God
- plan ahead
- rest or relax
- get enough sleep
- take creative time
- trust God with my kids
- laugh much
- eat right
Speaking of not eating right, dairy makes me fatigued. Why do you need to know this? It’s useful to know for when you get me that gift you were going to get me. I like dark chocolate without dairy. Are you taking notes? You need to write that down.
Oh, and also schedule when you’re sending it to me. The sugar kick will give strength to this tired mom. And I’ve heard that dark chocolate has health benefits. Bonus.
Just like that nagging robot, the devil comes with lies of “not good enough.” That robot would make me fed up, and I’d turn off its power source while sassily telling it to shut it.
That’s just how you must treat the enemy. Tell him to shut it and turn off his lies with the truth of God’s Word. God says this about you:
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
So dear moms out there, don’t give up. You’re doing a fabulous job.
Moms are Like a Pronghorn Antelope
And you know what else? God wired us moms with stamina. I learned a fascinating fact the other day. The cheetah may be the fastest animal, but it fades after about 700 yards at its top speed of 70 mph. However, the pronghorn antelope, while being the second fastest animal, outranks the cheetah with its stamina. It can keep at 60 mph for miles at a time.
Moms are like a pronghorn antelope because God equipped us to keep going. As a matter of fact, this post should have been called “Moms Have the Stamina of a Pronghorn Antelope.”
Yes? Wouldn’t that be great? Another thing you should know about me is I overuse the word great. It’s like my favorite adjective. Why am I telling you this? So you know it’s genuine when I write you that thank you note for the great dark chocolate you’re going to send me.
The pronghorn antelope is wired for stamina, but that doesn’t mean it never sleeps or skips meals. Those basic necessities fuel the animal to run healthy.
Strength for the Tired Mom in Every Area
As moms, besides those same basic necessities, we are fueled with God’s strength in every area. Strength is a gift from God. His promises of strength are ours for the taking.
He provides strength for our spirit: “That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” Ephesians 3:16 ESV
For our soul: On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul. Psalm 138:3 NASB
And for our body: “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.” Isaiah 40:29 ESV
Our tireless God that never sleeps is our source of strength (Isaiah 40:28). At any moment we can declare one or more of the above promises. Thank You, Lord, for providing strength to us tired moms!
What other verses encourage you to keep going?
From one momma to another, these are encouraging words to read today, Kelly! Thank you for sharing over at #HeartEncouragement! Blessings to you
Great to see you here again, Stacey! I’m happy to hear this encouraged you!
From one momma’s weary body to you- what an encouraging post. My triplets have been sick for 2 weeks now and I have lost all my stamina. Because I am still expected to be up in my feet no matter it is night or day .
I wouldn’t mind any boxes of chocolate right now to be able to run like that antelope.
Oh I’m so sorry to hear they’ve been sick! It’s hard with one let alone three. Extra prayers for you, friend!
Thank you for your prayers and your comment over at my post this morning . Hope to meet you some day and have a box full of chocolates just the way you like 🙂
That would be lovely! 💛😊
Wonderful post, Kelly. I’m using my new Fitbit Alta to track my sleep and know when I need more. Pinning this today–blessings to you!
I’ll need to look into that app. I decided to find a good one recently for the same purpose so thanks! And I appreciate the share. God bless! 🙂
Most times, I start off like a cheetah and fade fast! A few years ago, I trained for a marathon (which I never did), and the main thing was to start off at a slower, maintainable pace – kinda like the antelope. What a great resource for tired, weary mamas! Sharing this on Pinterest!
Thanks so much for sharing, Esther!
Oh Kelly, I know that tired feeling, too. We all do. Thanks for reminding us where our strength comes from. (And also to care for ourselves.)
Had to preach it to myself first. 😉 But your welcome. 🙂
Dear Kelly, what a terrific post! You wrapped candor, humor, and practical ideas up in a wonderful package.
Thank you, Alice! Glad to hear someone gets my sense of humor!
I often think I won’t have enough strength to do the things ahead of me, but I have to remind myself that I *will* have enough strength to do the things that God wants me to do. That list isn’t always the same as what *I* want to do. 🙂
I love the analogy you used, Kelly, about the stamina a mother has. It’s SO TRUE! God designed us in such a unique way to keep going no matter what circumstances we encounter each day. And at the same time, directing us to use wisdom on how to receive life and energy to keep on going. Thanks for writing this.😊
I love His encouragement and wisdom, Denise. Thanks for reading! 🙂
Oh I needed to hear this. I completely relate. This is such an encouraging post and I’m so thankful you shared on the Salt & Light Link Up! This has blessed me tremendously.
I’m glad this encouraged you, Elaine! Thanks for taking the time to read!
This was such an encouragement to me! I love your sense of humor as well! 💕
Yay! Thanks for stopping by, Amy!
Thank you for the humor, perspective, encouragement, and tips! It is a hard job, and none more important. In a flash it will be done (coming from a part time empty nester). My son has married and flown away. My daughter is a teen and ventures out for hours or days at a time away from me and then I am along……………. Seems like yesterday they were small, needy, and in my care, and my house was busy and joy filled. Now it is a happy place, but much quieter.
Great to see you here, Tammy! Yes it is a hard and important job. Thankful for God’s gift of strength. 🙂
This is just what this exhausted pronghorn antelope needed to read today! 🙂 Your whit blended perfectly with the truth of God’s word and His promise that His strength will get us through those things that He has called us to do for His glory.
Glad to hear it, Kelly! I hope you get some rest. 🙂
Thank you for sharing these very necessary reminders, Kelly. Even though as an empty nester I’m no longer in this season, the truths still apply. I still live these same days and emotions . It’s just not necessarily “mom” things behind them anymore. Happy to share with others, my friend.
You’re right! The strength of God is for us all! Have a blessed week friend!
Well said. A mom’s and a wife’s job never ends and the people who count on us sometimes forget to take this into consideration. It is indeed the joy of the Lord that keeps us going. It is our strength. It helps us to run and not be weary, walk and not faint :0)
What’s that saying? A man may work from sun to sun but a woman’s work is never done. 😉 That’s another good verse – the joy of the Lord is my strength. 🙂
Such wonderful ideas! I am passed the tired and worn out mom stage because my sons are adults but boy do I remember. It is easy to get lost in resentment if we take our eyes off of God. Thank you for outlining the ways you stay on track. Isn’t it wonderful to know that when we give ourselves the gift of time with God we are refreshed and ready for the day?
Yes, Mary! It makes all the difference. Have a great day! 🙂
I’m coming off the Christmas season, knowing that I did not plan enough inactivity. I did not blank out days on the calendar, and I have already made note of that error in December 2018’s calendar squares. One of my biggest lessons of 2017 is that when my family is all together and my husband is home from work, it is ridiculous of me to expect to get much done other than serving and loving family. Period. If I take the bit in my teeth over this, I lose on both fronts. I’m deeply thankful, Kelly, for this little review exercise at your place today.
I understand that! It seems I don’t learn my lesson—ever. So thankful for His grace and strength!
I started scheduling “meetings with myself” onto my calendar to guarantee I could find time to be the best mom I can be! Thanks for the encouraging words!
That’s a great idea, Melissa! I try that sometimes but my kids still interrupt. 😉 But I need to be more intentional about that.
Thanks for the encouragement! I love that you added the verse “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength and the portion of my heart forever.”
I have never applied that to the weariness of motherhood.
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