When my kids were little I can remember laying my head at night on my pillow, taking a deep breath and wishing I could sleep through the night. I was a tired mom and it was inevitable that I would be awakened somewhere between the wee hours of one and five and be asked to perform a motherly duty. The next morning I would drag myself to my coffee pot and read a Scripture as I headed to the shower to get ready for my job.
Why Are Moms So Tired?
Today, my kids are older and I find myself still tired. I don’t miss the late night jaunts to the bathroom, the ear piercing cries, or the consistent struggle to stay awake every time I sit down. Being a mother is hard, holy work. Being a working mother can require an extra ounce of grace and encouragement.
Juggling between raising kids that thrive, marriages that are rich, and meeting work deadlines, allows little time for self care and reflection. We are tired moms because of the realities we face day in and day out. I am guilty of putting myself in auto pilot or survival mode and checking the to do list off daily.
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What Tired Moms Can Do
There are a lot of opinions in our culture about what moms can do to help them when they are tired. We hear about setting priorities, planners, and focusing on one thing. We find organizational methods, phone apps, and cleaning services. We shop online, keep in touch through social media, and volunteer from a distance.
I am a strong advocate for all of these methods to help ease the load of life. But spending time in the Word has been the number one source of encouragement for my tired mama heart.
Maybe these verses will encourage you, too. Let them bring you calmness and peace today.
Verses on Finding Rest
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. (Psalm 91:1, ESV)
Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16, ESV)
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28, ESV)
Verses on Finding Strength
This God is my strong refuge and has made my way blameless. (2 Samuel 22:33, ESV)
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him. (Psalm 28:7, ESV)
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31, ESV)
Verses on Finding Joy
“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you
shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:12, ESV)
For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. (Psalm 63:7, ESV)
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. (3 John 4, ESV)
As you are encouraged with these truths, tired mama, know you are loved! These verses are beautiful reminders for the rest, strength and joy we find in Him. If you would like an additional resource to encourage you in your faith walk as a tired mom, please check out this beautiful magazine from my friends at Joyful Life.