You are a woman. You are strong and fierce. You are able to manage an entire home, provide healthy meals, heal scraped knees, conquer mountains of laundry, and look beautiful all at the same time. As a woman you have a lot on your plate. You are a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a cook, a teacher, a student, and an employee. You can match up those lost socks and comb that mess of hair into a beautiful mane. And you can do all of this before lunch time if you have to. Being a woman is wonderful, but it can also be overwhelming. There is a lot to do and so little time. There are only 24 hours in a day you know? I got up this morning and found yesterday’s chili pot still soaking in the sink. Oops…I guess I should get on that. Life can be so overwhelming and busy sometimes.
You are a woman and your home is your own and it is yours to manage. But what happens when it is too much? What about those days when you leave the dishes in the sink for the fifth time and someone can’t find their socks and you’ve misplaced those darn keys one more time and it’s just too much. Then what do you do? Have you ever been there? The place where you are trying and trying but you just can’t get ahead? What do you do then? Who do you turn to? Why don’t you ask for help?
I feel like there is a huge problem in our culture and it’s called pride. We all think that we have to do it on own and that someone is going to judge us for being transparent and letting the world see that we don’t have it all together. Here’s a news flash for you: No one has this whole life thing figured out. Not one woman in your life has a perfect day, every day. Life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes the unexpected happens and before you know it you are swept off your feet by a tidal wave of life. You are tired, worn, and barely able to keep your head about the waters. It’s just too much.
Maybe it does feel like the world is resting on your shoulders. But that doesn’t mean that you take on the world alone. God put people in your life who love you and want to help you. It’s ok to let them share your burdens. God never meant for you to bear the world alone. He gave us community. Isn’t that wonderful? When God created you He knew what each of your days would hold. He saw how important that your job of wife and mother would be. He knew that you couldn’t do it alone and loved you so much that He arranged the world so that people would be in your life who would become your friends. These ‘friends’ become your community. Amazing right? It’s one thing to be proud of your accomplishments, but it’s another to kill yourself while trying to put on a show of perfection.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2
If you are feeling overwhelmed today remember that God is with you and wants you to succeed. Pray that God will lead you to a friend who help you in your time of need.
I want you to remember this: It’s ok to ask for help. It’s ok to ask for prayer. And it’s even ok to let your own beautiful broken soul show through that tough exterior. You aren’t alone because your community is there for you! Take off your perfection mask and let your friends help. They are a precious gift from God and they are ready to help you if you’ll just let them in.
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