Those elusive 5 minutes that you never seem to find during the day. The same 5 minutes you loudly lament never having when the demands of those little ones gets to be too much. When you cannot possibly pick up another Lego, fetch another drink or answer one more question.
And then it happens: in those precious moments of quiet...the quiet you've been yearning for all day...the weight of the world falls on your shoulders and you cannot possibly stand up under it.
Every harsh word muttered, every snappy answer given, every moment they begged for your attention, but you were so drowning in responsibility and a to-do list a mile long that you only half listened.
It's all there. Casting judgment on you. Sentencing you. Suffocating you.
And the tears come hot and fast. And you vow that tomorrow will be different.
Lift up your chin, mama.
Tomorrow is a new day. His mercies are fresh every morning.
Climb those stairs, tip toe into their room. Kneel beside their bed and pray for them. Ask God for forgiveness and for a better attitude. Ask Him to help you recognize and enjoy those moments that will go so quickly and be gone in an instant: a lengthy tale about an imaginary character, an exhuberant list of birthday wishes, an amazingly detailed story woven by chubby fingers and peanut butter scented cheeks.
And lift your chin, mama. Your job is hard. Some days you're not sure you can do it. You can't get out of bed. You're wracked with doubt and insecurity, unsure you can rise to the task.
But know that no one, no one can do this better than you.
Whether you carried these babies in your womb or the thought of them in your heart until the day they were placed in your arms, you are perfectly equipped for this task.
They want for no one but you.
And you're not in this alone.
God gives you every iota of strength you need to make it through, to succeed and thrive!
You are never better equipped than when you don Christ's love and rely on God's strength.
You can do this.