By: Mandy Hill
My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19)
Being a mom can be a physically, emotionally and spiritually draining job. I am imagining many of you nodding in agreement, right now. While draining it is, it’s truly important that you find time in your day to relax and refill– or, without a doubt you’ll find yourself in a position of burnout.
Our little ones have no intention of whacking the life out of their mama’s! They really don’t! They’re simply growing, learning, and testing the waters. Us mama’s however, we really ought to know better than to try and go it on our own.
Here are some of my favourite ways to relax and refill:
1) I love to read the Word.
I love to get up before the rest of my family, brew a nice hot cup of caramel flavoured coffee and dig into the word of God. There is something incredibly desirable about a fresh new day, with a fresh new page, and quiet solitary moments reserved just for God to speak to my open heart.
2) I love to date my husband.
Date night has become an essential part of the week at my house. We have set aside Tuesday night each week to prioritize time alone together. In addition to this time together, we set aside an hour or so at the end of every single night to curl up on the couch or in bed and watch a tv show. These times, wrapped up snug in my hubby’s arms, are not at all about what’s dancing across the tv screen….but simply coming together. Knowing this time is coming at the end of the night truly makes the most hectic of days, tolerable.
3) I love to chat with my dad.
For many years, my dad has not only lived many kilometres away, but several provinces away, as well. Hearing my dad’s voice say something like ‘they’re just kids’, ‘kids will be kids’, ‘they’re good kids’, or ‘you’re a good mom, Mandy!’ removes the feelings of isolation that can consume my heart, with feelings of hope and encouragement. My dad’s gentle spirit is sometimes just what I need to hear on the other end of the phone to refuel this weary mama’s soul.
So, sister; what do you do to relax and refill? Do you feel like you’re out of ideas?! Feel free to snag a few of my favourite ways and use them for your own.
Most importantly, don’t feel guilty for taking some time to refill, friend. God made us humans, not robots. He never expected us to go on an empty tank; so be sure to take time each day to refill.
Heavenly Father, thank You so much for showing us ways in which we can go from ‘running on empty’ to ‘refilling’. Thank You for Your word and the wisdom that can be found in it. Thank You for the blessing of marriage, and for the parental support that can be found in our spouse. And thank You also for friends and family whom we can trust to encourage and share wisdom with us, when we feel like we are all alone. Bless my sisters, this day. In Jesus name, amen.