Have you ever had days when everything seems to be falling apart? When all your littles are having melt downs all at the same time! The baby is crying, your toddler is screaming because he wants you to pick him up and your oldest child is upset because you are not listening to him….all while trying to prepare dinner. If your answer is YES!
I want to personally welcome you to the “Mama of Littles Club” and here’s a (((HUG))) because I know you need one.
You and I know that being a mama of littles can be very exhausting.
Can I get an AMEN!
I find myself physically, mentally and emotionally drained all the time. I have a hard time staying awake most days especially if I had a rough night with one of my little ones.
We’ve ALL had nights like this. Nights where you don’t get any sleep because your little one keeps waking up in the middle of the night or your mind is racing and can’t settle itself down.
Many times I find myself going over my day. Wishing that I wouldn’t have lost my temper or going over all the things I didn’t get done. So by the time I finish going over my “I should have done list” in my mind….I feel defeated. Not by someone else addressing all theses things to me but by my own doing.
We are our own worst critic. We tend to be hard on ourselves and that is something that we need to stop doing.
We need to stop comparing ourselves to others, stop doubting ourselves and start living out the calling that the Lord has called you to live.
Here are some practical tips on how to be an intentional mom of littles.
Warning: It won’t be easy at times but remember this verse, actually memorize it if you haven’t already.
Tip 1: Pray and stay connected to God.
It is SO important to stay connected to Christ daily. He is our rock, our peace, our joy, our comfort and everything else we need him to be at the moment. We can’t do what He has called us to do with out Him. To parent our children it takes strength, determination and perseverance. We need to be intentional in our parenting.
The only way to do that is to pray (continuously), to grow in your relationship with Christ and seek Him out with your WHOLE heart.
If we do this and ask the Lord for guidance and wisdom on how to parent our children….He will provide us with what we need. You see He created you and your precious little ones and He knows exactly how to minister to their hearts.
One way that He ministers to your little ones is through you…..their mama. So lets keep our eyes focused on Christ instead of the chaos that maybe surrounding us at the moment or the negative thoughts that try to take over our minds, which leads me to tip number two.
Tip 2: Read, memorize and soak up God’s living Word.
It is crucial that we spend time in God’s Word everyday. I know it’s not easy when you have littles but it’s not impossible. It just takes some creativity on your end to find out what works for you.
Knowing God’s word will prepare you to be able to win the battles that the enemy throws your way. All those negative thoughts, struggles and difficult situations that may pop up during the day can be taken captive when knowing God’s Word and knowing who you are in Christ.
In order to defeat the enemy we need to grow in our relationship with Christ and soak up God’s Word. You can accomplish that by keeping yourself connected to Christ through prayer, reading the Word and living out His Word in your life.
To get you started here are some verses to memorize.
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
2 Corinthians 10:5
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
I encourage you to write down the verses you want to memorize. Focus on the verses that the Lord is speaking to you at the moment. Keep a journal and write those verses down. It will become a beautiful memoir of all the verses that have ministered to your heart during those hard times.
Tip 3: Embrace this beautiful season of having littles.
This season of parenting littles is a very short-lived season. Yes, it is exhausting and a demanding time but it can be a very rewarding time. This is the season that we shouldn’t be so concerned about keeping our house sparkling clean, getting our to do list done or anything else that may keep us from enjoying our littles more.
I’m not saying to neglect your responsibilities. What I’m saying is don’t miss out on those little precious moments….those God moments.
Enjoy that wet kiss that your 6 month old is giving you or the “I love you mama!” from your 3-year-old or the hugs your oldest gives you after listening to him share his heart with you.
Those are precious moments that your children will remember more than anything else. Learn to savor those special moments every single day because they will be all grown up before you know it.
Being a mom of little ones is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work! I’m not going to try to sugar coat it. But be encouraged to know that you are not in this journey alone because the Creator of the universe is right along side of you.
He instilled in you everything you need to mother the children He blessed you with. You are the perfect mom for them and they are the perfect children for you.
You are an AMAZING mama!
So keep on running this beautiful adventurous race that the Lord found you fit to run. You can do this and you will!!
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