Monday, December 20, 2010

Mommy Mania

Do you ever suffer from "Mommy Mania"? You know ... that incredibly frazzled feeling that erupts from deep within or comes crashing at you like waves of the ocean and you feel like you're gonna drown? Please, tell me I'm not the only one! :)

It can be the most basic of things that puts us over the edge .....

  • piles of laundry
  • dirty dishes
  • wet underwear (& I'm not talking wet from the washing machine!)
  • unpaid bills
  • the whining toddler
  • sweet baby who only loves to nurse and not sleep
  • tattlers (they come in all ages!!)
  • snotty noses
  • poopy bottoms
  • what's for dinner crisis
And some times we find ourselves with even deeper things added into the mix:

  • loss of a job/income
  • depression
  • death of a loved one
  • marriage in crisis
  • a teen with some big needs
  • aging parents/grandparents
  • a loved one with porn addiction
  • health problems
  • fears that plague us
  • financial obstacles
  • a child with unexpected special needs
Each day you get up and try to meet everyone's needs. Meanwhile you're in survival mode and before you know it you're running on the Big E!!! E-M-P-T-Y. And it can feel really scary. Sometimes you find yourself facing things you're afraid to even know who to ask to help. Sometimes we're too PROUD to ask for help. Sometimes we're too PRIDEFUL to see our need.

Being a great mom isn't about being Supermom. I know ... I know ... totally goes against most all we hear. Being a great mom is being able to see just how needy we are ... being able to say "gosh I really screwed up today" ... being able to lock yourself in the bathroom and cry out to God for mercy and help.

You know what's so amazing? He's ALWAYS THERE! A-L-W-A-Y-S. I'm talkin' like 24/7 always there. And it gets even better ... He doesn't charge us. FREE consultation, ladies. WHY are we so BUSY and PRIDEFUL to go to HIM?

I don't know about you, but I fail at this momma-gig often. I feel sometimes as if God whispers to me ...... "newsflash sweetie ... you're a sinner!! ... you are gonna fail! ... but it's OK!!! ... cuz I've got your back! .... I'm HERE! ... I'm still working!! ... it's gonna be alright!".

Do you know that? .... It's gonna be alright? It's GONNA be alright! The chapter of your story that you're on right now? .... that is NOT the end! This life we're living right now? ... is NOT the end!!! There is such a bigger picture. What we're doing today DOES matter for tomorrow! (but that is another post)

In the meantime .... where do we go for help? Take a look at Psalm 121.

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

The busyness of the holidays can add to the "Mommy Mania". Don't forget where you can look for HELP. Your kids (of all ages) will be so glad you did. ;)

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