“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
The weight of all my “not enoughs” has caught up with me this morning.
Not enough money. Not to buy luxuries, but to pay for necessities. More money comes in, more medical and dental issues do too.
Not enough time. No number of “how to organize your time” books will make you bring your “time issue” under control. Thats a job you have to figure out.
Not enough space. No matter how where you put it, reorganize it, rearrange it…the problem is the same. Not enough space.
Having a family requires a lot of a mother…
You have to help them dress, you have to fix their three meals and snacks every day, you have to remind them to brush their teeth and do it for them for awhile, you have to wipe their bums or change their diapers, and if you homeschool AND work from home like I do…
You have to figure out how your going to make it all fit in a day- preferably in a peaceful organized manner.
You have to buy the groceries, plan the meals, prepare the food, buy the clothes, wash the dirty clothes, clean the house, vacuum the messes – in some cases daily.
All the while listening to the bickering, teasing, fighting, whining, and then you have to handle the disciplining.
Not enough of me to go around?
Do I sound like I’m whining and complaining? I guess I am to a degree.
I’m just at the end of my rope.
But my knot is tied in my relationship with Jesus Christ. And I’ll hang on and he’ll keep it all together and we’ll get through the day. And the next 😉
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:8-11 KJV
I’m actually writing this post during my quiet time this morning. After reading those verses in Isaiah 55 I think I need to remind myself of just what God has promised me as a wife and a mother.
Afterall, he said in this passage that his word will not return void. I know he keeps his word, so I’ll hold him to it. I think I’ll share the promises with you too after I rediscover them for myself.
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I love how you describe Jesus as the knot at the end of the rope. Amen!
I remember many times like that when the kids were little. I would go into the bathroom, close the door, get on my knees and just pray and cry out to God. There are just those overwhelming moments, sometimes, that you have to get through.
But, of course, I didn’t feel like that every day. The Lord’s grace never fails, and it didn’t fail me!
I think my biggest problem was that I had high expectations of myself. And when I didn’t live up to my own expectations of what kind of mother I should be, I felt like a failure.
I learned to give myself grace too. And to accept that some days the house wouldn’t be perfect, the laundry might not get folded, or I might lose my temper. Some days I needed to concentrate on training my children on behaviors and attitudes, and so my priorities had to reflect that.
Thank you for being so honest and sharing, and thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!
Thanks for this honest post! I too sometimes feel like I’m just at the end of my rope! What would we do if we didn’t have Christ as an anchor in our lives? He is for us, and He is on our side! When I really stop and think about this, I suddenly seem to have a little more strength to get through whatever it is I’m struggling with! Thanks again for this post – it was an encouragement to me!
Oh girl. I emailed you privately. Hugs!
Thank you for this! Thanks for your honesty. I’m at the end of my rope. It’s so bad that I have a breakdown 2 times a month and just cry and scream and pray out all my negative emotions to Christ. I have 3 young children, a house that’s falling apart after a hard winter, and a husband who’s been sent away from home because of his job. So, not only am I doing all the things a mother does, I’m doing daddy’s job at home, too. It ain’t easy figuring out how to tear apart a collapsed garage with a preschooler, toddler and infant in tow. Never mind finding the money to pay for an exterminator because the mice situation is so bad, I’ve got a chronic sinus infection from their messes. Forget getting enough sleep because our mattress is so junky. And poor hubby is out there, away from home, working his fingers to the bone trying to provide for us, but more and more comes up. More emergencies. More repairs. More taxes. More needs. And it all comes crashing down upon my shoulders. Sometimes I wish I could just sell it all, pay off all our debts, have hubby quit his job and get something low paying but at least local and just start over.