I am an overwhelmed and exhausted mom. I’m home all day but yet can’t find the time do all the things I need to get done. When I can’t find the time to do it all, I get depressed, anxiety kicks in and I break down into tears.
Most of the times when I break down into tears, I look back and realize it’s silly. I try to take a break from the house to give me some me time to refresh. It doesn’t happen often and when it does it seems as if I come home and there’s a mess. The mess frustrates me even more and the time that was meant to refresh me only made me feel like I could never leave the house again.
In fact it just happened a couple of days ago. I had just went out my girlfriends to see a movie and when I came home there was dirt everywhere by the dog kennel to our sliding glass door. It was dark so I figured I’d wait until morning to deal with it and when morning came I realized it was much worse. There was mud all over the dog kennel and I spent about an hour cleaning it all up. What I found out later is our pup had pooped and peed in the kennel and it was pretty bad, so they took the kennel into the back and hosed it off.
I realize that we have no control over the events but how we deal with them is what matters. The old me would have been so ticked off and woke up the entire house. If I was angry — they were going to know. My own adult temper tantrum. Stupid I know, but it took me a lot to let it go.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 – 12 (11 )Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all. (12) For man does not know his time. Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and like birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them.
I love this verse. You don’t know when you are going to get caught up into the struggles of life. But like I said how you deal with them is what matters. Whatever your struggles are, give them to God. He already carries our burden. Let him show you the way of how to deal with your struggles. It may seem silly praying about how to deal with dirt and mud, but believe it or not He cares about the small things in your life. The new me, let the dirt and mud go, dealt with the cleanup without saying anything bad and respectfully requested that in the event that happened again to place the kennel on the concrete rather than the dirt. God has taught me how to be patience and find joy in the messes of life when I give it all back to him.
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