Yesterday’s post (found here) seemed to resonate with quite a few folks so I thought I would follow it up with another word of encouragement for the worn out, weary parents of little ones. First, let me say there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of if you are tired and wish you could take a break from certain parental responsibilities! Everyone needs rest! Everyone needs and even craves sleep! Jesus Himself needed rest when He lived on earth and would often take His disciples away to a quiet place in search of some. But, we don’t always have opportunity for rest in the trenches of parenthood.
We love our little ones and would do anything for them and at times this “anything” means sacrificing rest and sleep. Often, such moments of sacrifice leave us frayed and worn out. Such feelings can make us think we are falling down on our job as parents. During these moments the enemy of our soul and family will try to make us feel we are failing our kids because of our lack of energy or patience. Don’t be fooled by such feelings or the whispers of the enemy! Confront them with the word of God and faith!
I hope you love to memorize scripture or will soon learn to do so. Scripture builds in us great faith and encouragement for those times we feel tired, worn out or inadequate in life. I thought I might share some helpful scripture for such occasions. Scriptures which might remind you of God’s love, provision, help and care for those weary days when you just feel worn out.
Scripture to remind you of God’s goodness for this sweet and often exhausting season of life:
- Isaiah 40:31 — “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
- Philippians 4:13 — “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength”
- Nehemiah 8:10b — “The joy of the Lord is your strength”
- Psalm 55:22 — “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
- Matthew 11:28 — “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Personalize these verses. Speak them out loud and believe them. Pray them and declare their truth for yourself. Believe God’s word and live your life above circumstances. Live life above the lies you tell yourself or hear from the enemy. Say, “The joy of the Lord – is – my – strength!” Pray, “Jesus, I cast all my burdens on you including my lack of sleep and patience. I trust you will keep my feet from falling and make me the mommy or daddy that you want me to be.” God loves when we pray His word and declare our faith in His promises. See what a difference doing so can make in your life today!