There I sat desperate. The headaches, the fog in my mind, unordered thoughts. The house cleaning on hold because there was no energy stores left. The laundry piling up and I hit an overwhelmed place.
I am a doer, a rescuer, and a people-pleaser. I love to encourage others. I can’t help but not encourage–it’s who I am.
But what happens when the cheerleader has lost her cheer? When she can’t utter another encouraging word? When she feels she is working hard but it is going unnoticed?
It can happen to us all, and it happened to me. By medical standards I was depressed, but by God’s standards I was in need of refocus and healing.
The journey that I have been on for the last couple months has been hard, and raw and real. I have been confused, taken a deep hard look at myself, and wrestled with God a bit in the process.
I have asked the tough questions. Is this a spiritual attack? Why am I so anxious when the Bible says to be anxious for nothing? Is this a physical ailment that needs medical attention? Is this a time for rest and refocus? Do I need to pump up the vitamins and healthy habits?
How about all of the above!
Our family has been going through a lot of changes. Lots of medical appointments, and financial strain with self employment. It seemed like so many things were coming down on me and my shoulders were getting heavy. I hit a breaking point and a need to make some changes in my life.
- Sometimes there comes a point when…the doer has to take a break from doing, and the encourager has to be refilled and refreshed.
- When the people-pleaser needs to take time out of pleasing others to just focus on herself.
- Sometimes the overachiever needs to stop and give over all her doing to the One who bears all our burdens.
Are you a weary mom or an anxious woman out there like me? One who sometimes hits overload and has to put a halt to people’s demands and requests? Have you hit a desperate place in your life, and you are carrying the weight of worry on your shoulders?
If that describes you, I pray that you will find some refreshing for your body, mind and spirit. It isn’t easy to admit that we need help, and that we need to take care of us. As moms and wives we must be whole and healthy so we can be the best for our families.
So how do we begin to rejuvenate and refresh our weary bodies?
- Take time for rest and refocus.
- Create margin and space in our schedule.
- Renew the mind with God’s word. Read and meditate on the Word for healing to the soul.
- Look to the God-given natural ways to heal the body through rest, nutrition and exercise.
- Set boundaries for our time and activities.
- Take one day at a time.
- Reach out for help from medical professionals if necessary or friends and family.
- Ask others to pray for us.
- Ask for a fresh anointing from the Lord. That he will rejuvenate our bodies so we can operate at our full potential.