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Challenge: Stretched Too Thin

Encouragement for the Strong Mama Stretched Way Too Thin

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This week was unusually trying. We were up several times with our adorable St. Bernard who is too cute to get mad at. My daughter came down with a cold and generously passed it on to me. My husband and I just couldn’t wake up feeling refreshed. It was struggle after struggle.

I also dealt with heavy anxiety about my kids going to brand new schools in a matter of weeks. I was also difficult to be around as a wife and mom from not feeling well.

So this morning, I prayed for relief. Chances are good, you’re carrying heavy weights too. Maybe you’re dealing with a rebellious child, exhausted days and nights, a difficult husband, a loved one’s sickness, an unresolved conflict, comparing yourself to another friend’s perfect life, you’re overworked, and more.

Life is just heavy at times. It’s messy-- the brokenness we feel and the desire for it all to be put back together again. Here are 4 truths we can remember for today:

1.) You aren't alone in these fiery trials.

Even when you can’t see the light ahead, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Trials can fiery, painful, and downright debilitating. But know that other people are walking the same path. You aren't the only one. Yes, your struggles are unique to your situation but don't forget you have others to walk alongside you and say "me too."

Also, don't downplay what you're going through either. It's real. It hurts. Help and relief is on the way.

2.) Sharing your story with a friend brings healing.

It’s far too easy to isolate in our struggles. I’d much rather tell a friend how great I’m doing instead of being raw. Don’t be afraid to call or text and share with her what’s really going on. She’ll be honored to know how she can better pray for you. Allow her to carry some of the burden – that’s what friends are for. Allow her to speak truth into your situation. Stepping out of isolation will lead to your healing.


3.) Getting extra sleep and rest does wonders.

Often times, depression is a result of exhaustion. I’ve been there one too many times than I’d like to admit. Sometimes we’re unable to handle life because we’re overtired and have reached our absolute max.

Count how many hours of sleep you’re getting. Go to bed earlier or carve out time for a nap. Rest for you may mean unplugging and being in nature or stepping away from your house. It’s amazing the relief you can find physically, emotionally, and spiritually by prioritizing your rest and Sabbath. And don’t worry, even if you stop, the world will still keep going.

4.) Giving yourself grace is life-giving.

At the end of a tough week or at the start of a long one ahead, it’s easy to beat yourself up: “I should have done this… I failed at this… I didn’t measure up… I’m not enough..” and the list goes on. More than anything right now, you need grace. Grace for yourself. Grace for others. Grace for your family life. You can’t do it all. You were never meant to.

Rest in that grace even when you’re tempted to start stretching yourself too thin again at the risk of losing it. You have permission to say no.

You are so loved. You are valuable. Your work is worthy. You aren’t defined by what you do.

I pray you’ll find the relief you desperately need today. You are a strong mama.



Samantha Krieger is a wife and mom writing from the turquoise waters of Florida’s gulf coast. She’s the author of Quiet Time. Her writing appears regularly on Her View From Home, TODAY Parenting, and For the Family. She never starts mornings without coffee and mascara. Connect with her on her blog, Instagram and Facebook.

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