Tell me I'm not the only one who gets a little discouraged now and then?
So I have a question for you: When you are feeling low, what do you do to get back into the land of joyful, energetic mommyhood?
I can tell you what I usually do. Just to get us started. (This would all come after a pan of brownies, grouching at my kids and crying on the Coach's shoulder. First things first.)
I spend more time in the Word. And in prayer. I've found a new understanding of "continuing in prayer" these days. Is there a favorite chapter or Psalm that encourages your heart?
I read. My two "I'm discouraged" favorites are, "Tender Mercies for a Mother's Soul" and "Created to be His Helpmeet". But I've given my last copies of both of them away, so that isn't really an option right now. What book do you reach for when you're down?
Then there is a girl's night out. Which I'm hoping to pull together this week. However, part of my discouragement is usually related to the Coach's having to work more and being gone a lot, so that cuts into options for a night out. Seriously. What do you do to "get away" when life overwhelms you?
Most of the time, if I can just get one or two things on my "list" (the forever long list that never goes away - or even seems to get shorter - ever), I feel much better. But honestly? It's Summer. Not a lot being accomplished at the troops these days. Well, other than LIFE. Please don't tell me all that you're getting done right now. That SO wouldn't help!
Sleep helps, too. The Coach always says that it's hard to be spiritual when you are tired. He's right. But sometimes it seems like the more I try, the less sleep I get. I think Little Man is ready for a later bedtime (he's getting up so early!), but then evening comes and I NEED him to go to bed. If you know what I mean. So I'm trying to go to bed earlier. Trying HARD.
So now it's your turn. What do you do when you are discouraged? How do you find the energy and motivation to pull yourself out of a serious funk?
I thank you in advance for your help. Actually, I think the Coach and the troops will be even more grateful.
"For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."
2 Cor. 4:16-18