Resisting overload

#ThoughtsforThursday

Parenting young children is a stage of life where you are often just overloaded…

Overloaded with questions because your children never stop asking them.

Overloaded with touch because someone is constantly wanting to be held, or hanging onto you.

Overloaded with things because your kids have way too many plastic toys; they are literally taking over your home.

Overloaded with thoughts because there’s just so many things to worry about and to remember.

Overloaded with things to do because you are trying to manage and organise little people’s lives now, and not just your own.

So what do you need to do to survive it all?

You need to ask for help… And you need to accept help when it’s given.

You need to simplify your life… And you need to learn how to say ‘no’ to some things that once would have been a ‘yes’.

You need to choose to prioritise… And you need to just let some the lower priority stuff slide for a while.

And you need to pray.  A lot! And often on the go… bringing God right into each of those full on, crazy moments, even as they happen.

He is there with you already of course, but I find that it helps my own perspective when I actually acknowledge this fact in the midst of these moments and ask Him to give me His strength to do it well.

So why not invite Him right into the busyness, the arguments, the chaos, and the mess?

Ask Him to inhabit your life right here, right now… in the midst of the school run or dinner or bathtime or the laundry.

Because the truth is that prayer was never meant to be reserved for a few super-spiritual people who have enough spare time; it’s designed for normal, busy, imperfect, slightly overloaded mums just like me and you.

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