02 Oct 5 Verses for the Tired Mom
Let’s just face it. Motherhood is an exhausting time. I’m going to put that out there and be real.
It would be easy to sit behind my screen and say that I jump out of bed every morning, ready to take on the day and I’m filled with energy until I lay my head down every night.
But in real life, that’s not the case.
In real life, yes, motherhood is joyful adventure and a blessing from God, but it’s also tiring.
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Every Mom Feels Tired
While, I’m past the stage of feeding babies in the middle of the night (even though, trust me, I remember it well), there are still spelling tests, sight words, stomach bugs, appointments, work piling up, texts to answer, and the laundry.
Oh the laundry.
Is it any wonder that we moms are exhausted and tired?
Last week, my son had one of those stomach bugs and I found myself half sleeping on a recliner, with him in arms reach, for the rest of the night.
I’ll admit, I didn’t have my regular morning prayer time that day. But when my son was finally able to nap later that afternoon, it got me thinking about where I go when I’m feeling tired.
Where do I find rest when I’m tired?
Where do I find joy when I’m exhausted?
God’s Word always breathes life into my tired body and my tired heart. I have verses hidden deep in my soul that I can cling to when my feet feel too tired to take another step.
And I wanted to breathe some of these life-giving truths into your life today. Because, mom, it’s okay to feel tired. It doesn’t make you a bad mom. It makes you a real one.
And, as I’ve said over and over here, God doesn’t expect us to go through motherhood without His help. He wants to help you. He wants your motherhood to draw you closer to Him.
So let’s do just that and go to His Word.
Where We Find Our Rest
Psalm 62:5-6 says, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”
I love the Psalms because they don’t sugar coat anything. There are songs David writes when he feels abandoned by God. There are other songs that speak of how amazing God is. And Psalm 62 shows us how to respond when we’re tired.
I don’t know about you, but I’m cranky when I’m tired. I’m less motivated to get things done, I would rather sulk and sit on the couch watching a mindless television show.
But the author of Psalm 62 shows us the best way to respond when we’re feeling tired. But looking to God.
In God’s Word, He tells us to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. Even our tired thoughts. We have to tell our souls and our minds where to look when we’re tired. The verses say again, “Yes, my soul, find rest…” where? “in God; my hope comes from Him…”
He is our rock. He is our fortress. When we’re feeling tired to can tell our hearts and minds to look to Him for our rest.
Come to Me
Matthew 11:28-29 says, “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Jesus tells us to come to Him when we’re weary. He promises to take our burdens and in exchange, He will give us rest.
In this verse, Jesus talks about a yoke. A yoke is a wooden beam that is put between two animals, usually oxen, that enables them to pull a heavy lode together as a team.
No matter what the task is, the most important part of the yoke is to make sure that it’s fitted for that particular animal. For instance, you wouldn’t put a large yoke on a small animal and vise versa.
When two animals are yoked together, they have to work together, or the work can’t be done.
Jesus is saying that the yoke we have on us right now is one that was meant for Him to carry. He has big shoulders! Remember the old song, He’s got the whole world in His hands? If He can carry the world in His hands, imagine what His shoulders can bear.
Motherhood is tiring, and the task in front of us is so great that it can feel overwhelming. Unless, we’re working with someone. And by someone, I mean Jesus. He promises to suit up and share our yoke. In fact, He tells us to give Him our yoke and He’ll fit us to a yoke that’s easy and a burden that’s light.
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His Strength Comes New Every Morning
2 Corinthians 4:16 “We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
Every morning, we can be renewed by Christ and who He is.
That’s why prayer time is so important for moms.
I get it. I understand that some days you are lucky if you sneak in a shower, much less an hour and a half uninterrupted for Bible study. And to that mama, I want to encourage you with this: God sees the season you’re in. He sees the desire of your heart to be the best mom you can. He sees you. And He loves you.
Stop looking at spending time with the Lord as something that needs to be checked off your to do list. Don’t clock in and out of your time. Just spend time with Him.
I know it’s not that easy. Just try and find times throughout the day to keep Jesus at the front of your mind. Maybe pray while you’re taking a shower. Listen to worship music on the radio while you’re running errands. Listen to a podcast while you’re folding clothes.
There’s an old kids song that says, “Jesus wants to be part of your everyday life, not just Sundays or Wednesdays, but all the in between days.”
That truth has guided me to spending time with Jesus daily. Even if it’s just five minutes here or there, Jesus isn’t counting the minutes, He just wants to be with you.
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God Sees You
When I feel tired as a mom, a lot of that tiredness stems from feeling like I’m working and working without an appreciation.
Be honest with yourself, we’ve all been there. I won’t lie to you behind the microphone or keyboard and say, “Oh just being a mom is enough thank you for me.”
I struggle with feeling unappreciated and that leads to me feeling tired and exhausted.
So when I feel this way, I go to Hebrews 6:10 “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.”
God sees you.
Let me say that again so it really sinks deep into your heart: God sees you.
He sees the toys that you pick up off the floor every night. He sees you tucking in your kids and then heading back into the living room to fold a mountain of laundry. He sees you. And His word says that He will not forget the work you’ve done. He won’t forget the love that you’ve show TO HIM as you’ve been mothering the children He’s given to you.
He takes it personally. Jesus sees the laundry you’re doing, and to Him, it’s like your washing His clothes. He sees when you walk through the grocery aisle with a cranky baby and a wandering toddler, and to Him, it’s like you’re cooking His meals.
And He promises never to forget it.
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The Harvest Will Come
A little while back, I was feeling especially tired. (Hence the topic of this post.) And I was writing in my prayer journal to the Lord about how it seems like I’m just spinning my wheels. I’m doing all this work and it feels like it’s for nothing.
Then in His kind way, God said, “Ashley, the harvest will come.”
He led me to Galatians 6:9 where it says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Jesus said to me, “Ashley, don’t give up. The harvest will come.”
So I want to extend that you today, mama.
Don’t get discouraged. The harvest will come.
Don’t give up. The harvest will come.
Don’t think that what you’re doing doesn’t matter, because you will reap a harvest when the time is right.
More Resources for Moms
I hope and pray that these verses met you at a place when you desperately needed them. We all need encouragement from time to time (or hour by hour).
So I want to make sure that you take advantage of my free library of resources for moms. There are more verses there, flash cards of verses for your kids, practical tools for home and family, as well as some great resources I’ve created to help you grow closer to the Lord.
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