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You're Not Strong Enough To Handle This



So I'm a pastor's wife. That means that I have the perfect life right? Ha!

My day starts at 3:00 in the Morning to tears from my 11 month old. I feed him and try to crawl into bed. But I have three loads of laundry on my side of the bed. Of course, my husband is sleeping soundly. So I do what every good wife would do: yell at him to help me put away clothes.

He stumbles out of the bed and puts two socks on the ground and then falls back to sleep. So I am stuck folding clothes at 3:00 in the morning!

Then at 5:00 I get up because I hear baby crying. I fall back to sleep. (Did anyone else have a 1 year old that didn't sleep through the night yet? Am I the only one?)

Then at 8:00 I start my day again.

After breakfast and getting through a solid hour of

homeschool, I really want to go somewhere.

Since it's Virginia, the weather can be 80 degrees in December and 25 in March. Unfortunately, it's the latter. What can we do that we don't need to spend much money and be inside?

So finally, after asking the kids to put on their shoes, hats, coats and gloves for the 7th time, I was done repeating myself.

I put my 3-year-old in the car with half his shoe on and half his jacket on. He starts throwing a ft.

I go to open the door of the house again to get the baby. Of course my cat leaves as I am buckling the kids in their car seats.

So now I have to chase the cat around the yard, while my kids are strapped into their car seats. GREAT.

And now the baby has had it. Car seat time is up! His volume let's me know that he's not happy.


Then I turn on the radio.

and this song came on the radio:

I know I'm not strong enough to be Everything that I'm supposed to be I give up I'm not strong enough Hands of mercy won't you cover me Lord right now I'm asking you to be Strong enough Strong enough For the both of us

- Matthew West

And then it hit me. I'm not supposed to be strong enough. I can't be the mom that I need to be by my own strength. I need the LORD's help.

Tears came down my cheeks as I'm driving down the highway with a screaming baby in the backseat and a talkative six-year old

It reminded me of my life verse:

"I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13


I was on Facebook the other day and I was looking at one of the groups that I am in. It's for women struggling with PPD (post par-tum depression).

The women on that site were telling all the fears that they had with their children.

The fear of their kids dying in their sleep.

The fear of their kids drowning in the bathtub.

The fear of their kid falling down the stairs.

Worries about being isolated.

Worries about finances.

The list went on forever.

Being a mom is very scary sometimes- in fact, it might be the scariest job out there.


We were never meant to take all the pressure and stress by ourselves! We were meant to have have help from the LORD and with others.

So mom- you're not strong enough. You were never meant to be strong enough. We have to have the help of the Holy Spirit.

And if you are feeling overwhelmed- just know that I'm praying for you and asking God to reveal to you how deep and amazing his love is for you!


Christal

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