Motherhood: Taking Time to Recharge
MARIA (mom of 6): I love being a mom. For me it is enjoyable and rewarding, but at times, it can be physically exhausting and emotionally draining. My married daughter, with four children of her own, asked me if there was one thing I would have done differently in my parenting. I told her I would have taken more time for myself. I believe I would have been a better wife and mom, if I would have learned the art of refreshing my soul.
STEPH (mom of 4): I love being a mom. I identify with this quote so much “Motherhood is the happiest, the hardest and the holiest.” by Ann Voskamp. I have struggled over the years to take time to recharge. What do I mean by that? I keep a busy schedule and I guess I was hoping that there would eventually be margin in my schedule so that I could recharge. However, I can tell you margin never just magically appears on my calendar. I have to be intentional in scheduling time for myself. And I find this especially true in the summer.
MARIA: What helps me to recharge? To be refreshed spiritually, I needed time in God’s Word, but this was difficult with six children. If I tried to get up early, it never failed that a child would find me. My solution was to place several Bibles in strategic places such as the kitchen or by my bedside so that I could meditate on one verse. I found verses that would help me with my daily challenges and I would repeat these over and over to myself. Other things that help me to recharge include finding ways to relax or rest, reading for pleasure or meeting with a likeminded friend.
STEPH: What helps me to recharge? I try my best to keep God’s Word a priority so that I am equipped for whatever my day brings. Also, I am an introvert so for me to recharge I need time by myself or with a close friend. I enjoy reading, writing or having coffee with a close friend. If you are an extrovert, you need to be with people to recharge. You might enjoy taking a cooking class or a class at the gym or going to lunch with friends. And when we take time for ourselves, we will give our people a better version of us.
God, help us to connect with You often through Your Word & through prayer. Your Word will steady us and ready us for whatever the day brings. And help us to take time to recharge our souls so that we can give our families our best version. Amen.
Questions Regarding Self-Care:
1. When is the last time you took time to recharge?
2. Are you an extrovert or introvert?
3. What is something you would like to schedule soon?
“An overwhelming schedule leads to an underwhelmed soul.” Lysa Terkeurst