Do you find you have weeks or months that just fly by? Have you ever been asked how old your child is, and you later realize that what you told the person is off by two or three months?
It is always amazing to me how quickly my day passes without feeling as though I’ve accomplished anything, yet my wonderful husband reminds me of the meals I’ve prepared, the entertainment I’ve provided, the errands I’ve run, the ministry work I’ve done, the chores I’ve completed, and of course, the kids I’ve cared for. It is always great to be reminded and appreciated for all of these things, but often, it seems like everything I have done is for everyone else, and my own needs go unmet.
I recently read something that said airline companies give their passengers the following instructions – “In the event of an emergency, if you are traveling with a child, first put on your own oxygen mask before putting on the mask of your child.” By taking care of myself, I am better able to take care of my children! So often we are worried about all the needs of our children, we neglect ourselves, and it is so easy to do when we have so many things we are trying to get done on a daily basis.
About a year ago, I felt drained and uninspired and needed time for myself and a time I could give God my undivided attention. I was able to find a women’s Bible study close to my home where I was able to get poured into and where my children could be watched for the two hours. It was one of the greatest things I did for myself, and I saw my relationship with God grow stronger, and my ability to manage my family and all my other tasks seemed more realistic.
As parents, we have this opportunity to show our children how to deal with the stresses of life. Do we turn away from God or to God? When we are tired or feeling empty, do we fill our time with the things the world tells us we need or with what God tells us we need? One thing I have learned in the last few years is this is definitely not the time of my life I want to turn away from God! As a mom, I need Him more than ever to give me the patience, love, grace, gentleness, wisdom, and more that I need to have with my kids because I do not have it on my own!!