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So many times we hear how we are suppose to give freely of ourselves. We are suppose to want to serve and we are suppose to serve without expecting anything in return. Though we have all been told this it can’t help us not to end up feeling empty at times. You know those times when we seem to never find any downtime for ourselves because we have been so busy serving that we have forgotten to take time to refill our own tanks.
Yet, I have been in that place one too many times. In fact I allow myself to get to that point more often then I would like to admit. When this happens to me I start becoming resentful, moody and dare I say a bit crabby. I no longer long to serve my family or anyone else. Instead I long to just stay in bed for hours on in. Of course with a house full of children who need me, this is simply not an option. The fact is that as moms sometimes we have to continue giving even when we feel empty.
Now this doesn’t mean that we should not take notice of the fact that we are on empty. In fact I think that when we begin to feel empty that we need to stop and look at what is going on around us that is causing this to continuously happen. However, I have found a few things that help me continue to give my best to my family even in those times that I feel I have nothing left.
Ways to Continue to Give Even on Empty:
- Make sure you are taking time to pray: Have an open conversation with God about how you are feeling and allow Him to bring you comfort throughout the day. He wants to do that but He is waiting for us to ask.
- Spend some time alone with God’s Word: Soaking in God’s word every single day is so important. If you can get up before everyone else to do so. If this isn’t an option the open your Bible in a place that you will walk by it often so you can at least soak in a verse or two.
- Check out your schedule: I can not tell you how many times I have to go through my schedule. Every time I clear somethings off my schedule I seem to add at least 5 more things in it’s place. ( However I am getting better with this one myself)
- Give yourself permission to slow down: We as women often feel we have to get everything done every single day. This is simply not the case. We are allowed to have bad days and we are even allowed to have down days.
- Reach out to other moms: Don’t suffer alone. In fact if you reach out you may find out that they themselves may be feeling the same way and you can encourage each other.
The goal is to never end up on empty but sometimes it happens to us all. Hopefully these tips will help you get moving again and actually help you to refill in the process.
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