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To The Weary Woman

I’m tired.

Last night it dawned on me that I didn’t have a post written for this week.

But I’m tired.

My daughter hasn’t been sleeping well since we’ve moved her to her toddler bed. Now at night she starts screaming and crying before we even leave the room (at the start of her prayers)

My husband laid down with her for a couple of nights until she fell asleep (to avoid her screaming) but he fell asleep himself in there for a few hours and it messed up his schedule because he was late for work the next day.

I tried laying down there last night, but I don’t feel right starting that habit with her (because I don’t want her to only be able to fall asleep if one of us is in there)

side note: if anyone has any suggestions on how to help her fall asleep on her own in her bed, please message me or comment below!

I could give you a laundry list of reasons why I’m tired today, outside of physical exhaustion.

Instead I want to offer some encouragement to you if you find yourself in the same boat. Maybe we are more than tired, maybe we are actually weary.

The baby monitor goes off before 6am most mornings (sometimes even before 5:30am)

but I get up.

My daughter gets upset over not getting the right food for breakfast, not getting to play with things she wants to play with,sometimes during her tantrums I really just want to walk away.

but I show up.

I’ve been careful to follow a healthy eating and fitness plan for sometime now, but the weight isn’t coming off and I feel stuck in a rut not seeing the results I want to see (or think I should be seeing giving the effort I’m making.)

but I follow through.

I’ve had a speaking engagement canceled and some other hiccups with my book that is now deep into the publishing process.

but I press on.

Obviously some of these things (like caring for a baby and a toddler) are things that I don’t really get to choose to do, but other things (fitness and speaking/writing) I choose to do.

I’ll be honest with you, sometimes I just want “me” time. Sometimes I want a day off from all of the duties and responsibilities I have.

But it is ok to not be excited or enthusiastic to wake up each day and struggle to get out of bed.

God sees you and He loves you.

It is ok to feel like you labor in vain, because at the end of the day we can refute that feeling with scripture:

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

These two scriptures are not meant to be a postcard or and band-aid. We know God’s truths in our minds, but sometimes have a harder time accepting them in our hearts. They are not meant to tell you to “cheer up” or “get over it”.

Instead, they offer support and perspective that what we do matters even if no one else sees it.

God sees you and He loves you.

Sometimes it is nearly impossible to do the duties of a wife and mom with a thankful or joyous heart all of the time.

Laundry never ends. The playroom never stays clean, and at the end of the day I have very little energy or time left for me.

It’s hard to keep going when we can’t see the fruit of our labors or the progress we are weaving.

But our perseverance to do the hard things over the easy things is what God sees. It’s what God uses to sew the seed.

Sometimes He is sewing the seed for others to see and harvest. and other times He is sewing the seed in our hearts so that we reap the reward if we do not give up.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

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Just because we don’t see any fruit doesn’t mean that it’s not growing. Just because we don’t see outward evidence in our lives doesn’t mean that God isn’t working.

What I say to the weary woman (including myself) is:

God sees you and He loves you.

Keep going. Keep showing up.

Keep sowing the seed. 

While we may not see the reward of our effort and hard work in this lifetime (or in the way we think we should) Our persistence has kingdom impact even if we don’t realize it.

I didn’t feel like writing today. But I showed up and I stepped up and I followed through with what I set out to do.

I pray that this is encouraging to you today, sweet friend!

Other verses to help you to keep “showing up”:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10

 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 24:13

 

 

 

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