You Deserve a Break
Jesus said, "Come off by yourselves; let's take a break and get a little rest." (Mark 6:31, MSG)
I love my children, but I also love a restful break from my children. As moms, we all need a break from time to time. Like any other area of life, it is often hard to see a situation clearly when you are in the middle of it. There have been many times throughout the years when I was struggling with a particular issue with one of my children or was worn out from parenting in general and when I took the time to get away for even just a few hours, I had a new perspective, was energized and felt better equipped to face the issue I had been struggling with. Take some time for yourself regularly and ask the Lord to give you wisdom, renewed energy and a fresh vision for parenting while you are away. None of us can do anything forever without getting tired and needing rest.
Do not feel bad about getting away and taking a break for yourself every now and then. As moms, we sometimes tend to feel guilty about taking care of ourselves and spending any time away from our children, but we are all better moms when we have had a chance to recharge our batteries. Prioritize getting a sitter and going on a date night with your husband. Prioritize taking time for yourself, go to a coffee shop and read your Bible, pray and journal for a while, meet a friend for coffee or lunch or get out and exercise. Figure out what it is that energizes and refuels you and take time to do those things.
When I start to neglect taking care of myself and taking time for myself, I remind myself of the example I want to set for my daughter. When she is a mom someday, do I want her to feel guilty about doing things for herself and taking time to enjoy herself or do I want her to feel the freedom as a mom to enjoy date nights with her husband, meet a friend for lunch or go get her nails done? Of course I want her to feel the freedom to enjoy those things, so I must set that example in my parenting. Get away, take a break with Jesus and get a little rest. You will be a better mom for it!
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