By Tammy Whitehurst
We know how you feel. Your body aches. You’re tired. You are worn “slap dab out” as we say in the South. You wonder if anyone can even relate with what is going on in your life.
You ask yourself if there is anyone out there who needs to go back to bed, but can’t? Is there anyone else who needs the stamina and strength to put one foot in from of the other? Anyone out there whose day is so bad they wonder how they will get through without collapsing or falling on the floor and bursting into tears.
Can I share something with you from those who have walked the path before you? Exhaustion, weariness, sleeplessness, constant tiredness…we’ve all experienced it and we understand. Go ahead and ask for help. We will not view you as weak or a bad mother.
We understand you don’t want anyone to know what is going on. You want to look like a perfect mother with a perfect family. Can we remind you….there is no such thing, but we will keep your secret. We tried that too.
We know people tell you it could be a lot worse, but our own reality is the only one we know. Go ahead and wallow in your woes for a moment. Cry. Have a pity party. Just don’t stay there too long. We will even let you lay on our shoulder and pet your hair while you cry. We understand and we love you.
From one mama’s heart to another, you are never alone. Ever.
God gave us strength and he will give you the strength to survive. The thing we must realize is that we cannot please everyone. Cannot make everyone happy. Cannot fix anyone. Cannot have the solution to every problem. But we go to the one who can. God.
Every mother’s story has its own ups and downs, but the solution is the same.
He is our refuge. He is our shelter. He is our strength.
Keep in mind that you are not doing this all on your own.
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength.”
– Tammy Whitehurst travels and speaks full time as a motivational speaker. She is the founder of Joy for the Journey. Find out more about her at TammyWhitehurst.com