Let’s be real. It can be hard as Mom.
Case and point: I promised you all this post yesterday, Mom life happened. Let’s just get real for a moment, shall we?
I feel like I’m a hot mess lately. Baby Girl isn’t sleeping well, and that makes for a sleep deprived mama.
When I’m sleep deprived, I’m cranky. Anyone that knows me, they know that I need my sleep.
This is when social media is a buzz kill. You see these perfect snapshots of people’s lives where their children are smiling sweetly in their put together and cute outfits, mom is looking adorable, the sun is shining, and life is perfect. Then, you look around and one kid is screaming, the other is smearing peanut butter on the wall, both are still in their pajamas…one with a dirty diaper…. If only social media showed the truth. For you southerners out there, I’m such a mess, I can hear “Bless Her Heart” loud and clear.
Sunday at church, our pastor preached an amazing message. You can hear it here.
He preached on March 12: 28-34 where Jesus was asked “Which commandment is the most important of all?”. He answers by saying, Love the Lord with all heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. This message hit me like a ton of bricks.
It was like when you read the fruits of the Spirit… it puts you in your place quick.
Just because I’m cranky, have lack of sleep, and I’m in the trenches of motherhood, doesn’t mean I get to forget about my relationship with God and with other people- including my husband and kids.
As I started to examine myself, I realized that one of the biggest reasons that I am usually a hot mess is that I’m not making time to spend in the Bible. I’ve not been having a quiet time with God to read, learn, allow Him to speak into my life, change my heart, and set my path for the day.
It’s easy to let that slide. As a Christian, my number one relationship I should be concerned about is my relationship with the Lord. Yet, it is easy for me to allow the “busyness” of the day and things that I make “more important” take priority over time in the Bible.
When I don’t allow God to speak into my life, I’m less patient, more snappy, more moody, and my mind and heart is not in the right places. Guess who pays for this? My husband and kids, because they are always around me and see me at my worst.
I have discovered that more important than getting my morning coffee, my workout in, or anything else, I need to get in the Word! I need Jesus.
More than fueling my body, I need to fuel my spirit and mind… and we all know how important breakfast is! 😉
My children deserve better. My husband deserves better. My Lord and Savior deserves my all. After Sunday, I am making sure that I get in my quiet time every morning before I go to workout or anywhere else.
My quiet time not only helps me to grow in my faith, but helps me to be a better wife and mom.
Plus, I want my kids to see me reading my Bible. I want them to be curious about what it is and why it is so important in my life.
I need Jesus… more of Jesus. More of Him and less of me.
What helps you to be a better mom/ parent/ person?