You know those moments when you feel like you have it all together? When you look around and your house is picked up, laundry is caught up, the sink is clean, the kids are getting along and you’ve cooked dinner every single night? That was me a couple of days ago. I felt like I was finally getting my you know what together and winning at this mom thing. I was wearing my supermom cape proudly that’s for sure.
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We all know the drill. Once a month those pesky hormones come in and completely ruin everything. Am I right? We are crying one minute and then raging mad the next. Our pants are a little snug because bloating and all we want to do is sleep and eat chocolate all day long. Sorry boys. If there are any guys reading this post you may want to go ahead and click on the x button.
You have been warned ha!
I had a hysterectomy a couple of years ago, but because I still have my ovaries I still experience the hormones. Some months are pretty good, but every now and then there is a month where I turn into an evil monster.
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I’m not even going to lie. The last couple of days have been hard y’all. I’m taking the mask off and I’m just going to be real. My kids were awful. I was awful. I was angry for no reason and so unbelievably tired.
Jojo completely broke down on me because he didn’t want to go to basketball lessons which in turn made me break down. I was crying y’all. Crying. Both of us in the car crying! And then Mackenzie gets upset telling Jojo to stop stressing Mommy out because she is going to end up in the hospital. What in the world? Where does she get this stuff?
I almost skipped out on small groups that night because I had nothing left. I was exhausted physically and mentally.
But I am so glad that I went because I needed that time more than I realized. Through our leader’s story I was reminded of God’s goodness and how he takes us where we are and restores us.
I’ve mentioned that we lost my daddy two years ago. My daddy was the patriarch of our family. He was an amazing man. As I left small groups I cried. I realized that on top of the hormones I really missed my dad. I longed for a hug from him that night like I’ve never longed before.
Death Sucks. Cancer sucks.
The night was a little better, but I let my feelings of defeat as a mom take over. I started to feel guilt over the way I behaved towards my kids and my husband and then those feelings ruled the following day. Instead of waking up renewed and restored, I woke up feeling guilty and exhausted.
Hormones are inevitable but my actions are not and I let my emotions of anger, bitterness, exhaustion, defeat and guilt take over my mind.
Why do I do that? Why do I allow my circumstances to dictate my day? I laid in bed wanting to feel angry for no reason. I wanted to wallow and pout. There was a struggle in my heart and I was fighting it as hard as I could.
Since my dad passed away, I’ve had to work hard at believing God is good. I know that may sound awful, but when you lose a parent it crushes something inside of you. Especially to see my dad, a faithful servant of God who fought to glorify Him until his last breath. A man who worked tirelessly for the Lord through sickness and health. Why isn’t he still here?
Brick by brick. The wall was going up. What was I thinking trusting God again?
As I drove home I began to listen to the words to the song that was playing in the background…
“And His heart is good
He is always kind
With a cross He proved
He is on our side
We are the sons we are the daughters of God
No matter where we go
We’re close to the Father’s heart
And though we stumble He will not let us fall
We are the Lord’s and He will never forsake His own
We are the sons we are the daughters of God
When the lies speak louder than the truth
Remind me I belong to You
When I can’t see past the dark of night
Remind me You’re always by my side”
And then I lost it. I was allowing the lies to speak louder than God’s truth. I was shutting him out, closing up my heart and building my wall.
But the song is true. God is on my side. I am His daughter. My dad is no longer here, but God is. And the painful truth is that God is enough. As much as I wish my dad was here, God should be enough. And I prayed and cried and asked God to heal my heart. To forgive me for doubting His goodness once again.
As women we are stressed, tired and busy. Between making sure the laundry is done, dishes are clean, dinner is cooked, field trip is paid, homework is done, everyone is where they need to be, uniforms are set out, lunches are packed and kids are wearing the right thing for spirit week. The house running in order falls on our shoulders and if something doesn’t go right, we blame ourselves. Insert mother nature and hormones and then add in some hard circumstances and we have a formula for disaster.
It’s during those moments of feeling completely overwhelmed when we begin to doubt. We doubt His goodness because nothing seems to be going right. We let the lies take over our mind and we forget about God’s truth.
Girlfriend, you may not think He cares about you being overwhelmed about the laundry, but He does! The bible says that even the hairs on our head are numbered. You are so important to Him and He wants you to bring to Him the good, the bad and the ugly.
Whatever your burden is, take it to Him.
We are not alone in this crazy world. He is with us. The Holy Spirit is a gift to us. It is the seal of God upon us to help, comfort, encourage, strengthen and empower. It is God living in us.
He is the source of joy. All we need to do is ask for it. He carries our burdens and turns our sorrow to song. He proved His love to us when He sent His son to take our place. He loves us with a love we can’t understand.
Maybe those pesky hormones have wreaked havoc over you this week. Maybe you are going through a difficult time of grief over the loss of a loved one or someone you love is fighting a sickness and you are so close to giving up. I urge you to cling on to Him. Remind yourself of His promises. God didn’t promise us a life free of the hard stuff, but He did promise to be with us every step of the way.
We can live a life of freedom because He has overcome the world.
Stop bottling up those feelings of fear, guilt, unworthiness and confess them to Him. Take every thought captive, the Bible says. Find a girlfriend you can share with and ask her to pray for you. Don’t fight this battle alone. That’s where the enemy wants us. Alone in the dark completely giving up on everything.
Choose to trust God. Choose to love and choose to believe in His goodness. Because He is good. He is. And if we have a hard time believing it we can ask Him to help us believe.
Rest in Him today sweet friend. Give Him the good, the bad and the ugly because He doesn’t care. He loves you anyway.
“For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” – Psalm 100:5