OK dads, you get the week off. This one is for moms. Being a mom is one of the best jobs in the world. There is so much joy that can come from raising kids. There is nothing like a messy hug and kiss from sticky preschoolers after a snack or meal. Bedtime prayers with a toddler fills the heart to keep us going for another day. Watching milestones being met brings out the inner cheerleader in all of us. Is there a better smell than a freshly bathed newborn? Or what about those baby snuggles?
The joys of motherhood bring the best of days, but what about the anxieties? The anxieties that come with motherhood can keep us up at night. Some days the meltdowns can outweigh the milestones, the smells are not so sweet and no one wants to snuggle. The decisions that have to be made daily only add to the chaos. Do I schedule that playdate? What if my child gets sick? Do I send them to school? Will they be safe? When will this virus go away? What do I make for dinner? Will I have time to get everything done today? Should I enroll my child in an activity?
1 Peter 5:6-7 tells us, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.” Are you casting your cares on the Lord or are you trying to carry everything by yourself like some women do? Are you trying to be super mom and show the world you can do it all, only to find out that you can’t? Are you trying to pour from an empty vessel?
The good news is that we don’t have to carry our burdens by ourselves and we don’t have to go around empty. God has placed people all around us to walk through life with and better yet, Jesus calls us to draw close to Him. He doesn’t expect us to wear a cape and be super mom. In fact, in Matthew 11:28-30 He says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
So, praise Jesus for those good days, for those hugs and kisses, those milestones and snuggles. And when the motherhood anxieties creep in, praise Jesus on those days too. Thank Him that you can draw near and that you are not alone. Thank Him that you can cast your cares on Him and He will carry them. Be thankful for God’s word and dig into it. Be thankful for those people around you that you can reach out to help you through, and be sure to put me on that list too. I sure hope to see you soon!
In striving for a touch-free church experience, please plan to print these activities ahead of time, if you plan for your child to complete them during Sunday services. Remember pens and crayons too, please.
Follow this link for a complete step-by-step time of Bible study with your preschooler:
Enjoy these activities about Joshua and Caleb: