/**/ The Purposeful Wife: Are You Hiding?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Are You Hiding?

Last Monday morning I awoke to complete disarray. Dishes piled high, unfolded clean laundry towering in baskets around my washing machine and drier, the weekend's clutter strewn across tables and couches and floor. The picture was stifling, it made me feel claustrophobic.

I'd love to tell you that I stuffed the overwhelming discouragement deep down, put on my cape and conquered the mess like Superwoman... but that was not the case. After my husband headed out the door and the baby was fed, I took the baby and dove under the covers. Two hours later, I awoke to a headache and the same mess.

The rest of the day was spent trying very hard to get on top of things, but it was too little too late. At its end, I was still feeling miserable and overwhelmed. Shutting down under the pressure, I spent the rest of the evening snuggling with S and feeling lousy. On Tuesday I started early, worked hard all day, and finally managed to catch up.

Sometimes the mess is stifling. Sometimes as busy moms trying to keep every plate spinning, we send a few crashing to the floor. It is easy to cower and "hide" when that happens; in bed, a novel, in front of the t.v or computer screen... unfortunately hiding only makes us feel worse, and leaves us less time to actually confront the problem.

When you find yourself feeling this way, stop and take a deep breath. Take a few minutes to pray; seeking the Lord's comfort and strength, and the proper zeal and motivation to tackle your troubles.

And then get to work. At the end of the day, even when you might feel defeated by the mess that still surrounds you, ask God for "grace to live with the undone," as my mother would say.

The truth is, we aren't Superwoman. We will have days of defeat and discouragement. Yet all the Lord asks is that we do our best, loving Him and others, and working hard.

"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."
Galatians 6:9 (ESV)

Just keep swimming girls :).


  1. I'm still learning to live graciously with the undone ;) Galatians 6: 9 was my life verse til you were about 12 I think....Now I've decided I'd rather work to pay a housekeeper...someday it could happen. Until then I'll be hiding at my scrapbook table making a bigger mess. No dirty dishes on the counter today, YEAH!

    1. Good work mom! If only you could see my kitchen counter right now... ugh. Guess what I'll be tackling today ;)?

  2. I like that you countered working hard with granting yourself grace. I think both are incredibly important. While we're called to work and to do good, we're also called to do so with the realization that we are not God, and that we're able to rest in Him. I have to remind myself of that a lot when things start to get crazy and overwhelming.
    Great post!

    1. Glad you were encouraged! It's a constant battle, the balance between grace and work, isn't it?

  3. This is just one of several blog posts I found in my reader that all came together to give me a well-rounded look at some things in my life right now. Thank you!

    Some days I'm just trying to keep my head above water.....

    1. You're welcome Andrea, glad you were encouraged! I completely understand that feeling. Thank God for His grace in Jesus Christ, and His mercies which are NEW EVERY MORNING! Bc every morning we sure do need a fresh supply!


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