So, I’m a very real person with a very real family and a very real life of my own. I still get overwhelmed sometimes, too.
Sometimes when life seems to have piled too much on my plate, I am tempted to shut this little blog down so that I can have one less thing to do. And when this happens, I usually pray and ask God for direction on the matter.
I began this blog to be a ministry to encourage mothers, and it’s grown, for sure. And can I tell you? Almost every time I feel tempted to stop writing here, I get an email just like this one. Please read this open letter from an anonymous reader (we will call her Nikki) posted below with her permission. I have emailed her back privately, but she would very much appreciate connecting with you and for you to encourage her in the comments, so please do so.
And…because of mommies just like her, this blog isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
I came across your website today as a result of just being broken down by the life I chose to live. I am a stay at home mom of 2 boys, 5 years and 19 months. After being angry, frustrated, crying, screaming at the kids, and feeling so alone, I just prayed to God to help me today. While I sat down to order pizza online, I googled “overwhelmed with kids and home” and you were the first person I came across. What a blessing!!!
I read your blog post letter “Dear Overwhelmed Mother of Little Ones” and just cried some more. The Lord needed me to find you. I was going to ask for your help in maybe helping me find someone in the same position as me. I am sure women write to you all the time. I am lonely because my husband works so much just so that I can be at home with the kids. I am actually jealous that he doesn’t have to be around them as much as me. I feel awful saying that but it is what it has come to. I am just looking for someone to encourage me and talk to and maybe I could do the same for them. Thanks for listening and thank you for writing that letter. It was meant for me to read.
Dear Nikki/Overwhelmed Mama,
Yeah, it’s tough sometimes…A lot of the time, when these kiddos are young, I know. I’m sorry you feel alone, but don’t – for a single second – believe the lie that you are in this all alone!
Your feelings are just human. God knows. Let Him hear it all. He can handle it.
God made you for this. He has blessed you with these children, and he has equipped you to run specifically this race that He’s called you to run. You CAN DO THIS!
This is sometimes hard to remember, though, so you are wise to look around for help, for partners for your journey. Remember that our Heavenly Father is with you, every day. Every single step. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Grab the hand of a friend, a trustworthy confidante, and just keep journeying on together. Laugh some, okay?
And while the cyberworld doesn’t have all the answers, there is a huge community of moms right here that can cheer you on. I am here for you. WE are here for you!
You can do this. Just keep at it, sweet mama!
Will you encourage this mom and other moms just like Nikki in the comments here today?
I know she and other overwhelmed moms will appreciate reading your encouraging words! Just leave her a note in the comments here! Thanks, moms!