But He would withdraw to desolate places and pray. Luke 5:16
Lately, I have been feeling depleted as a mama. I’ve been longing for a break and space for myself. I picked up a book I’ve been reading that gives practical tips to busy women. I was greeted with advice I simply dread: get up early.
I’m not a morning person. Thinking about rising before my two young kids (who wake up early as it is) makes me want to pull the covers over my head and hide. But in my desperation, I tried it. To my surprise, it’s helping tremendously. I’m able to wake up in my own space and take a moment to fill myself up before tiny hands are touching me and the first of a thousand questions starts. I begin my day hearing from the Word of God instead of my kids. It’s making a difference in my parenting, my mental health, and my soul.
I’m reminded of how Jesus woke up early to pray in a quiet place. When His day of ministry began, He was faced with people constantly asking Him for help, even pressing up against Him (sound familiar?). He took time to fill Himself up in the presence of the Father before He poured Himself out to those around Him.
I’m learning to stop seeing this practice as a rigid discipline. Instead, it’s a beautiful gift to myself. As moms, we need to create habits to care for our souls so we can pour from a full tank as we serve our families. The Father is waiting to fill us up. He knows we can only do things in His strength.
Press on, Mama!
More Moments in the Word:
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28:7
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
To Consider this Week:
What is one thing you need to do this week to care for your soul? How will you accomplish this?
What time of day is best for you to spend a moment of solitude with the Lord? Reserve this time in your schedule for 3 weeks and see how it impacts you.