He Arms Me With Strength

The lights burn my tired eyes. The dishwasher hums. Kitchen chairs sit askew. Bicycle helmet and badminton rackets lay on the couch next to the book I was reading this afternoon. The fridge is littered with schedules and lists and reminders — all my attempts to organize this life. A glass bowl full of ripe pears on the counter along with three huge donated butternut squashes.

The kids asleep. The husband away. And me.

Me feeling like somehow life has gotten away, taken its joy and its wonder and sneaked away like a bandit.

Me feeling faithless, dried up and empty from so little time spent thinking and so much time spent doing.

Me feeling an ache for long meaningful conversation, about more than Kaisley’s bedtime adventures and robotic machines that sort money.

Me feeling like nothing matters.

It’s a tough gig, this motherhood business. It wears on us. We know, we know…it’s important stuff. We know. But when martyr-mom gives and gives until she feels like this empty, joyless, lack-luster shell of a person…something has gone wrong.

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It always surprises me when a mom talks about the things SHE likes. And when I learn that she has friends. And spends time with them.

Motherhood is a much less joyful endeavor than I thought it would be, or even than it was two years ago. I’m burnt out.

It’s hard to see hope and light when things are dark, but Jesus promises strength. He brings to mind things that I’ve been forgetting, things that will help me get back on the right paths. He brings people into my life to encourage and bless me. He gives me what I need for another day.

“God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect.” Psalm 18:32 NLT

“So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech.”2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 The Message

God, I’ve completely lost my motivation for this work you’ve given me. My patience is gone. My ability to discipline creatively has disappeared. I’m barely surviving one day at a time. Please give me wisdom, patience, endurance, tenacity. Please make me a positive example, modeling empathy and grace. Bring my three year old to easy obedience, willingly. Somehow, could you impress upon our hearts your great love for us, so we can believe it and receive it? So it overflows? Teach us all to love each other more. Bring joy back into my heart, Lord. Thank you.

5 Responses to He Arms Me With Strength
  1. Meaghan Jackson
    October 18, 2012 | 6:03 am

    Wow it is like Laura was writing a post about my life exactly. Big hugs from me to all moms who are going through the same thing. Being a mother is so much harder than I imagined it would be. Raising children is hard work and other stresses in life just add to that. I am so thankful for God’s help in all circumstances and for the little moments of Joy I can treasure in my heart when I’m having a bad day.

    • Laura Kyle
      October 18, 2012 | 8:34 am

      Thank you for your comment Meaghan! Looks like our kids are very similar in age…might have something to do with how exhausted we both feel!! And we’re both homeschooling too! 🙂 Courage and hugs to you at this very challenging period of life!

  2. Heather
    October 18, 2012 | 9:08 am

    hhhhmmmm just taking it all in. thanks for sharing. I will continue to read. 🙂

  3. Jenn
    October 18, 2012 | 9:17 am

    Laura, you nailed it! I so needed this. Feeling the same way these days. A little bit like Groundhogs Day, same thing day in and out. Frustrated, tired, overwhelmed. I try to find joy, I really do, but when you are in the thick of it, it is often times very hard. Be still and know that I am God. If only I could…be still more often.

  4. Carol
    October 20, 2012 | 8:14 pm

    Oh, girl. I totally get it. I have moments like this quite often!! Thanks for letting me know I’m not alone. 😉