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How I got my babies sleeping through the night

I want to tackle this subject, although I was a bit hesitant, as I know people have some very strong opinions about the subject. I want to preface this post by saying that we all parent our kids differently and we each do what is best for our kids and for our home environment. I know what might work for one family might not work for another. And that’s ok. I’m ok with it and hopefully you are, too. We need to stop judging each other and accept that we are all trying to do this parenthood thing the best way we can in our own way. With that being said, I do want to share my experience with sleep training my boys and hopefully it will help other mothers, although, in the end, we have to really rely more on trial and error.

I have three young boys and my husband and I were able to get all 3 sleeping through the night at 3 months and for each it took roughly 1-2 weeks. We used the Ferber method to help sleep train our boys, which is also known as the “crying it out” method. In more technical terms, it is a technique invented by Dr. Richard Ferber. It involves “baby-training” children to self-soothe by allowing them to cry for a predetermined amount of time before receiving external comfort. Many have the misconseption that this method involves putting a baby in its crib and just letting them cry all night with no intervention. That is not the case, but because of this notion, I have heard people write and say that this type of parenting can be cruel or hurtful to the baby. I completely disagree and that misconception, in my opinion and experience, is inaccurate. What we did was far more complicated than sticking our babies in a crib and just letting them cry for hours on end. It was actually very difficult and much more strategic than that and we spent many sleepless nights close by our babies while we helped them each learn how to self soothe and not expect instant gratification by picking them up or feeding them at every cry. On the contrary, we actually did have to go comfort the baby throughout the night, but not by taking them out of their crib, as you will read in the steps below. The consistency of sleep training not only is helpful for the baby, as they adjust to a routine and also can sleep more restfully for longer periods of time, but it also helps with the overall family schedule.

Below are the steps we followed for all three boys and while it may or may not work for other babies, we were pretty impressed with how well all three did with this same method. Before I move on with the steps, another disclaimer. By no means, did we ever let our babies cry it out when they were not feeling well. We have spent many sleepless nights with our boys when they were sick, holding them and comforting them throughout the night. So there are most certainly exceptions. Also, all babies are different. Some are more fussy than others, some have colic, some are breastfeeding every couple of hours, and some have other issues that would make this method difficult or impossible to apply.

These are the sleep training steps we took with our babies:

  1. Decide on timing – We decided beforehand that our boys would move from our room to their nursery at 3 months. It helps to have a specific transition point so you can have a plan that you can stick with, whether its 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, or longer. That is a personal decision you’ll have to make that is the most comfortable for you and your family. We decided on 3 months because it was old enough to be able to sleep for long periods of time, but young enough where they hadn’t yet gotten too attached to our room. In the first few months of a baby’s life, there is no schedule or routine. You are at your baby’s beckon call and are pretty much holding him most of the time. My babies were in my arms or right by my side day and night after they were born. However, 3 months was the transition point. So, although it was difficult to have our boys leave our side, we decided on 3 months and stuck with it.
  2. Transition from your bedroom to nursery – Once they hit the 3 month mark we transitioned them from our bedroom to their nursery. The sooner they get used to their sleeping environment the better and more comforted they will feel, as they will grow accustomed to it. The alternative is that they grow accustomed to your bedroom, which makes it harder to transition them to their room later. We also had a monitor in their room so we could hear eveything.
  3. Establish a nighttime routine – This one is a big one and it requires consistency. Routine is key for babies to grow accustomed to a certain schedule. For us, we kept the same routine with each of our boys. In the evening around 6pm, we would have tummy time for a while with the baby to help with their neck movement and stability, which in turn helped with tiring them out a little. We would then bathe them and let them splash around in the tub for a while. Water usually wears them out too, especially if they are kicking and splashing around. Once they were out of the bath, I would lather them up with lavender scented lotion, which is supposed to help soothe and make them feel sleepy. I would then dress them in a comfy sleeper. Then they would get their last bottle of the night around 8:30-9pm and put to bed after. If you are consistent every night with a routine, they will quickly get used to it. Do it in the same order every night and they will learn to expect each step of the process.
  4. Change daytime napping habits – Babies sleep a lot, especially in the first few months of life. All of my boys slept a lot during the day and I didn’t really mess with that sleep schedule. They would typically drink their bottle, stay awake for a short while, then sleep again. That would pretty much happen all day. However, when they turned 3 months, I changed their evening napping pattern. I didn’t allow them to sleep after 5pm. If they were already napping, then I would wake them up at 5pm and keep them up until it was time for bed. Now, I know “they” say never to wake a sleeping baby. But I don’t agree with that in this case. By keeping them up longer in the evening, they were more tired at night and more likely to sleep longer at bedtime. For most of the day, I let them sleep as much as they wanted, but when evening time came around, mama didn’t let them doze off. Given that they were sleepy around that time, we had to really play with them and keep them entertained so they wouldn’t fall asleep. Luckily it was close to the time that we started their nighttime routine anyway, as stated in Step 3 above: tummy time, bath time, lotion, comfy sleeper, last bottle, then bed time.
  5. Crying it out – Now this is the hardest part. A mother’s instinct is to immediately comfort their baby and of course, it was super difficult for me not do that…at least not to do it immediately. Just as they did during the day, our boys would go to sleep at night, then wake up, then fall asleep again. However, I knew that they were ready to sleep at night for longer periods of time without feeding because their daytime naps were sometimes several hours long. So what would happen at night is that we would put them to bed around 9pm – 10pm, then they would wake up crying after a few hours. When they woke up crying, we had to resist the urge to go in there and immediately pacify them. We would always time it. We would say ‘ok, lets wait 15 minutes and if the baby is still crying we will go in there’. Usually, the baby would fall back asleep on his own. Then another couple hours would pass by, and again the baby would wake up. And again we would time it and say ok, lets wait it out 15 minutes. Again the baby would fall back asleep within that time. This would go on throughout the night. If the crying went past the 15 minutes, we would go into the nursery, pat him and try to soothe him by talking or singing for a few minutes then leaving the room. We wouldn’t pick them up though. They would usually fall back asleep not long after that.
  6. Decide on a morning feeding time – In the beginning of sleep training we would try to make it until 4am before feeding them. That was our marker. Once they were crying around that time, that is when we would get them out of their crib to feed them. We would make it a point not to feed them any earlier than 4am. Once they adjusted to that, we would push it to 430am, then eventually to 5am. After about a week or two of following the routine, the boys realized that nighttime was for sleeping. That is how long it took to get used to the routine and for them to start sleeping through the night. Sleeping through the night started as 10pm – 4am, then eventually, as we pushed the time, 930 pm – 4:30am.  Then eventually it extended to 9pm – 5am. My youngest is 7 months old now and he sleeps very soundly from around 8pm – 6:30am, so as they get older the timespan will continue to grow and adjust.

Sleep training is not for every mother, and that is completely understandable. As I mentioned before, there are many circumstances that would make this method very difficult and almost impossible to apply. However, this is what we did for our boys and it worked each time. I was happy to have well rested babies and the rest of the family was also happy to be able to sleep restfully after surviving all the sleep training.

What you choose to do for your little ones is your perogative as a mother. Whether your method of choice is co-sleeping, keeping them in your room until they are toddlers, or this Ferber method, it is all ok, in my opinion. I only share my own experience because we’ve had success in this area, and it may be helpful to some mothers.

What worked for you? I’d love to hear your experience. Comment below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the 8 extras that will get you hired

The process of job hunting can be quite overwhelming.  Whether you are trying to get back into the workforce or looking for a career change, its not easy to know exactly how to go about doing it.  Where do you find the jobs, how do you apply, how do you get selected, etc.  Those are important questions you should be asking when on the search, but the most important one to ponder is ‘how do you make yourself stand out?’   For every job you see, there are probably hundreds of applicants for it, so how, in the sea of countless job seekers, can you catch an employer’s eye?  You have the obvious answer, which is a strong resume.  A good resume is key and you can read more about how to build an impressive resume here.  However, that is not what I’m talking about.  Besides the obvious ways of how to get an employer’s attention, you need to go above and beyond to set yourself apart from the rest.  You have to let it be known that you are the right person for this job and no other candidate will do.  You have to go the extra mile and be relentless in your pursuit of the position you want, almost to the point of obnoxiousness (I said ALMOST, so don’t get to that obnoxious point).  So how do you go that extra mile?  There are many ways you can achieve this, but I’ve put together the list below of the best things you can do to add value to your candidacy.   Some of these are small gestures, but I guarantee they go a long way.

  1.  Email the hiring manager – Don’t just apply online.  Most times, employers want you to just go online and fill out the application and will contact you if they choose to interview you.  They prefer not to get hundreds of phone calls and emails from candidates.  Call or email anyway.  Most people won’t bother to do this.  Remember or at least tell yourself that you are not “most people.”  A quick online search of the company may even get you the name of the hiring manager for the department of the open position.  Once you have the name, go to the company website or even google to find a contact work email.  I realize that its a bit of detective work, but it pays off to make the extra effort.  Even if the person you email turns out to be the wrong hiring manager, they will likely forward it to the correct person.  I would go so far as to also find out a direct email for the HR department and email them, as well.  Prior to sending any emails, complete your online application first.  You want to show that you have already gone through the proper steps, but just going a step further.  You want to reiterate your strong interest in the position in the email and attach your cover letter and resume.  For example, “Mr. Smith,  I am writing to express my strong interest in the open Corporate Accountant position in your department.  I have already applied online, but wanted to reach out to you directly to reiterate my strong interest in the position and in the company.  As you can see in my attached resume, I have a strong background in this area and I truly feel like it is well aligned with this position.  [insert a summary of skills here].”  You get the idea.  This is a great way to make yourself stand out and if anything to get you on their radar.
  2. Interview preparation – If you are chosen as part of the select few of candidates to be interviewed for the job, you MUST prepare.  The more prepared the better.  I will be writing a whole other article about the interviewing process because there is so much to discuss about this.  For the sake of brevity, I will mention the following for now about interviewing.  Prior to going on the interview, research research research.  Research the company you are interviewing for.  Show them that you are knowledgeable about the company and what they do, not just about the job.  If they see that you are truly vested in the company, that shows your level of commitment to it. This speaks volumes to employers, especially if the position has had high turnover.  Be prepared to ask questions to show that you are genuinely interested.  In an interview, you are usually given the opportunity to ask questions.  Don’t just stay “no, I think you’ve covered everything.”  Show that you care by asking them questions like “What is the company culture like”, “What is the day to day like for someone in this position?” “Do you enjoy working here?”  “Why is the position open?” These are just examples, but good ways to show your interest.
  3. Be early! – Always arrive to the interview early.  I mean, if you are there 10 minutes before the interview, then you’re already late.  Be there 15-20 minutes ahead of time to show that not only are you punctual, but you arrived early because you are that anxious and excited about the job.  Also, you want to avoid any unforeseen obstacles like traffic or road construction that could make you late and ruin your chances at landing the job.  Research the route ahead of time and know exactly how to get there and even an alternate route just in case.
  4. Don’t ask about pay – This one is tricky because you do need to know how much a position pays, but if it is not listed in the job posting and they don’t openly mention the salary in the interview, do.not.ask.  Even if it’s not the case, it will make it seem as though that is all you care about.  Reserve any salary talk and negotiations for when you are further down the process, like during a second interview or if and when they select you.  Most companies try to stay competitive with salary, so you can research online for an average salary range for that type of position.  It will most definitely be discussed at some point in the hiring process, but it shouldn’t be a main topic right off the bat.
  5. Dress for success – No matter what type of job you are interviewing for, ALWAYS dress to the nines.  You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make it a good one.  If you don’t have a suit or nice dress, then rent one or go to a thrift or discount store and buy one.  Dressing and grooming for that first meeting is essential.  It shows how much you care about the job.  I don’t care if you are interviewing for a waitress position at your local BBQ restaurant or interviewing for a broker position on Wall Street.  Dress as if your job depended on it.  Oh wait a minute…it does.
  6. Make eye contact – This one is a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how many people won’t make eye contact during an initial meeting or interview.  Perhaps it is nervousness or just shyness.  Either way, get over it and make direct eye contact with anyone you meet and steady eye contact during the interview.  Looking around the room too much as you’re talking can make you seem disingenuous or not fully committed to the job you are interviewing for.
  7. References – Have strong references, and mostly professional.  You might have some personal references, but the ones that make the biggest impact are your professional references, such as any of your former managers or team leaders, or other colleagues that you’ve worked with before.  Make sure that any names you give will provide the employer with a strong reference.  The worst thing that could happen is you giving a reference name of someone who doesn’t have strong feedback about you and worse, gives negative feedback.  So please take the time to talk to your references beforehand and make them aware that you are listing them and ask them to please only give positive feedback.  Bring your list of references with you to the interview.  Also bring extra copies of your resume to the interview.  Many times the manager will forget to bring it.  This shows that you are prepared even if they are not.
  8. Follow up – Always follow up after an interview.  Make sure you know the names and emails of everyone you met with, even if you have to write it down while you are there or just simply ask for everyone’s business card.  Send a thank you email after the interview to thank them all for meeting with you and to reiterate your interest with something like…”after meeting with the team today, I’m even more excited about the prospect of joining the company and feel strongly  that my career goals are closely aligned with this position and the company.”  So many candidates don’t bother to do this, but this small gesture goes a long way.  You could even go so far as to write handwritten thank you notes to mail each interviewer.  Either way, it sends a big message to them that you are truly interested and willing to go the extra mile for this position.

Good luck on the job search and I hope these tips help you land your dream job.  Even if they don’t guarantee the job, they will surely get you that much closer to it.  Happy Hunting!

Mom Truths Friday: Why Moms are so Tired

Why are moms so tired?  What do they do?  Everything!  From the cooking, laundry, cleaning, laundry, chauffeuring, working, bathing, laundry, projects, homework, practices, programs, recitals, laundry, tournaments, and repeat.  Did I mention laundry?  And those are just the tip of the iceberg.  Let’s not forget we must try to keep our little humans alive, on top of making sure they grow up to be kind, decent, humble, respectful, smart, and generous.  “Have you ever tried raising a doctor or a lawyer?”  It’s exhausting.

So if you ever wonder why moms are so tired, here are a few good reasons why.  Watch mom correspondents, Cat and Nat, share some of the funniest reasons here.  I can most certainly relate!

 

Turning the tables on my son

Moms, if you’re anything like me, you probably grow a wee bit tired of some of the fads and crazes that the kids bring home from school.  In this past year, we have had our fair share of Pokémon madness.  What in the world is this Pokecrap? Why are they so important?  All I know is that the cards have flooded my house and I find one of these little creatures at every turn, under every couch cushion, underneath all of our beds, and even once in the fridge. The only one I can even stand is Pikachu. Pikachu is cute.  The rest can go back to Pokeland.  Then the constant dabbing for everything.  I’ve seen my son dab so much, that I now find myself unwittingly dabbing to adults.  Its contagious.  I’ve caught the dab fever.  I don’t want it, but I have it.  Oh, and let’s not forget the water bottle challenge.  Whoever invented this gem is a genius. Really, its so fun to hear and see the constant flipping of bottles over and over and over again.  And again…and again…and again….just to make it land on its bottom.  That really makes me want to land my hand on his bottom.  All the flipping is flipping annoying.  Have y’all seen the latest and greatest craze?  The ever so purposeful fidget spinner!  Do you know what it does?  It spins!  That’s right, it spins! This is somehow very amusing and we have spinners spinning out of control in our house.  I’m tired of picking them up and I even find myself sometimes spinning them just to see what the fuss is all about.  For a moment I feel like Spinderella, right before I come to my senses and realize that these spinners are merely for parent and teacher aggravation, but I can certainly see the hypnotic effect they have.

So, I decided to turn the tables on this kid.  I flipped the script on him to give him a taste of his own medicine.  I figured out that they key to getting your kids to stop doing something is for you to do it and make it seem like its so cool so they no longer think its cool.  Yep, it worked like a charm……or did it?  Watch and see his reaction.

What other fads did I leave out here, moms?  Comment below and share your kid’s latest craze!

 

The Message that Moved an Entire Middle School to Tears

Former professional wrestler, Marc Mero, tells the story about his relationship with his mother that brings this entire middle school to tears. “If you have a mother or father, tell them you love them!”

“Life is not about winning the race. Life is about finishing the race, and how many people we can all help finish this race. How we can start being kinder to each other.”

His speech is heartwarming, beautiful and sincere. Share this with the ones you love!

An open letter to single moms from a mom that doesn’t get it

Dear single moms,

I don’t get it.  How do you do it?  I am a married, working mom of 3 young boys. My day starts at 5 am and ends around 9pm right about the time when I am so physically and mentally exhausted that all I can manage is crawling into bed or curling up on the couch where I quickly and most times unintentionally fall into a deep sleep. Even when I know that there’s a mountainous pile of laundry that needs to be done, bills that need to be paid, spending time with my husband with no kids around, or simply catching up on all the things that slip through my fingers throughout the hectic day. None of those things are usually enough to convince my eyes to stay open just a little while longer. Regardless, it’s not a deep sleep for very long.  It’s the kind of sleep that often gets interrupted in the middle of the night by one of the kids, or the dog barking, or because I suddenly wake up in a panic worried that I forgot to do something important from the long list of to-dos that plague my daily routine.  Don’t get me wrong…I love my life and my family and I’m beyond grateful for the many blessings that I sometimes take for granted.  But being happy doesn’t mean that its easy.  I wake up in the morning to fix breakfast, pack lunches, pack bags, get kids and myself ready usually in a mad rush, get them to where they need to be and rush to make it to work with seconds to spare.  I make it through the work day to then pick all the kids up, get home to then make sure homework gets done, projects complete, and depending on the day get them ready for a school program, karate, soccer, or anything else they have going on throughout the busy week, prepare dinner, get them fed, get them bathed, squeeze in some quality time with them then get them all into bed, after which I find myself back on the couch or in bed fighting sleep so I can stay up for at least one more hour to tackle what I couldn’t when everything else took precedence. I can’t say that I do this all alone.  I have a husband who is a wonderful father and is as hands-on with our sons than any dad can be.  He helps with everything, even laundry.  It’s truly a blessing.  We’re a team.  Yet, even with all the help and support I get, I still find myself drowning in the sea of responsibilities.  During the most overwhelming moments, I often think to myself, I could never do this on my own.  I couldn’t manage all of this craziness and stay afloat without my partner, my life vest. In the times I feel like I’m drowning, I know he’s not far to rescue me.

 I often think about you.  I think about how you do this all on your own.  I wonder how you have so much strength, so much endurance to conquer each day as a single parent.  It’s a thought that humbles me.  It makes me think twice about complaining of all the to-do lists and the chaos of everyday.  While I think about how overwhelming it is to be a mom even with the help and support of my husband, I remember that not only are you just as busy trying to be a mom, that you are also busy being a dad.  You are doing the job of two.  You are teaching them how to be compassionate, but also strong.  You are teaching them how to cook, but also how to throw a ball.  You are teaching them how to be kind, while also showing them how to defend themselves.  You are nursing them back to health, while still trying to make them tough. You are pulling double duty, all the time.   And I just don’t get how you do it. I think of how hard it is to be a full-time working mom of 3. Then it occurs to me that you are not just working full-time, you work countless of hours overtime. You are the sole breadwinner. You have to make one income look like two. You are the one who comes home after long hours to then cook, clean, bathe, tell bedtime stories, tuck them in, all without any help.  You are the one who has to wake up in the middle of the night to tend to one of them every single time because there’s no one there to do it for you.  You have to kiss all the boo boos and nurse all the fevers, even when you are also sick and no one is there to take care of you.

As much of this has already become part of your daily routine, you are probably used to it all.  You probably just take it day by day and do what you have to do for the sake and love of your children. You probably have forgotten or just no longer think about how much you have sacrificed.  I am writing this because I want you to know that what you do, doesn’t go unnoticed.  I want you to know that its not just your children who appreciate or will someday appreciate everything you’ve sacrificed for them. It’s not just your family who sees your struggle and how you find the strength to keep everyone above water.  I notice it too. Even if we are complete strangers, I admire your strength.   You are a warrior and whether you realize it or not, you make me want to be a better mom.  I’m sure there are moments when you are so completely overwhelmed that you hide in the bathroom to cry or sit alone in the closet so that the kids don’t see you at your weakest. Know that I also have those moments, but it’s the thought of you that makes me stronger.  You are a woman of unbelievable strength.  You are a woman that inspires me to just keep going. You are a mom and a dad.  You are a hero.  Not just to your children, but to me, and I’m sure to many others. I have a profound respect for you and whether you know this or not, I am a better mom because of you.

No, I don’t get how you do it…but I get why you do.  It’s out of love and love knows sacrifice.  Love knows putting others ahead of yourself. Love knows that when your children become parents someday they will then know what you did for them, what you went through. That’s the kind of love they will pass on to their own children and that is the greatest inheritance you can leave them. I don’t get your strength, but I understand your heart.  And I hope that at your weakest, that love always makes you the strongest.  

So, how do you do it? I’m pretty sure that love is the answer…and the greatest part of that answer, is that it never fails.

Sincerely,

An Inspired Mom

 

 

A powerful tribute to mothers: You Are Mighty.

This video is a touching tribute to mothers.  I was in tears watching it because it rings so true.  We often get lost in the ordinary of motherhood, without remembering that what we are doing is truly extraordinary.  I took it upon myself to transcribe the words from the video below.  They are impactful.  Watch the video, read the words, remember them, and share them with the mighty women in your life.  If you take anything away from this tribute, take away these words:  You are mighty. 

“There are those who say that this is ordinary, but don’t’ let that fool you. Motherhood will always be the greatest, least ordinary, most difficult, utterly challenging career that anyone ever hopes to lay claim to.

While others might hear diaper-changer, food-maker, laundry-doer, carpooler, bottle-washer, sweat pants-wearer, life on hold, want to be doing anything else woman. The truth is, whether it feels like it some days or not, you are in fact a shelter from the storm. You are a cape of good hope. You are a warrior who will do battle for your children’s hearts, souls, attention, innocence, education and memories. Go to battle my friends. This is your time. We will hold strong on either side of you. We will pray for those bottles through the dark watches of the night and when doubt comes and children break when adults fail them; and when they push and push as hard against us as the day we delivered them into this world, WE WILL NOT BE BROKEN.

We may ache and see cracks tear through our hearts, but we will get up again tomorrow and we will load the clothes and the words that need to be said again and again and again. When the world tries to paw at them, to break them, to smash the beauty in them, may our wall hold true. May the lessons we’ve told them, truths we’ve lived, the light we’ve spoken into them, come back easily, predictably, with wash and repeat ease. Kingdom business. Jesus work. This shaping of souls, this raising tiny humans. There are those who say this is ordinary. Don’t buy it for a second. Mighty. You are mighty…because you mother.”

Top 5 Scriptures for the exhausted mom

As a mom of 3 young boys, it’s almost impossible to find free time.  Most of the time, any free moments are dedicated to a very rare commodity: SLEEP!  My days start at 5am and typically end at 9pm and it is at that time that I get so excited at the thought of having a little “me” time.  That thought lasts for about 2.3 minutes, right before I unknowingly drift off into a deep sleep.  Even as I write this, I feel my eyes getting heavy……..so sleepy…can’t type….need sleep….ZZzzzzzzzz………..Oopsie daisy! Sorry about that. And I’m up again.

Take for instance this week, I fully intended on waking up at 4:45am to have a little extra time before kids were up to pray, workout, pack lunches, make breakfast, iron clothes, and the list goes on and on.  Nope. Not happening.  Between projects, and sick kids, and bills, and work, and mountainous piles of laundry, it just wasn’t happening.  This morning, I was feeling more rested so I decided to make time for scripture.  Although I haven’t quite got the hang of the busy working mom of 3 schedule just yet, I am making it a priority to seek His word as often as I can.  Even if its for 5 minutes a day.  Those few minutes will eventually add up to a lot of minutes of much needed healing. And we all need a little daily healing, don’t we?  Can I get an Amen?! Exhausted moms, take heed: we are doing holy work. Through all the good, the bad, the ugly, the busy, the chaotic, the craziness of parenthood, we should be inspired everyday.  There is nothing that can renew your spirit better than the word of God.  Although there are many scriptures that can encourage even the weariest of moms, below are the 5 scriptures that I lean on most often.  So if you ever need a shoulder to cry on or someone to lean on, no worries.  He is always available.  And if you can’t find time, make time. So scoot your overworked butts over mamas, and let Jesus take the wheel.

I hope these renew your spirit and strengthen your weary heart, just as they do for me.

  1.  Yes, my soul, find rest in God: my hope comes from Him.  Truly He is my rock and my salvation.; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.  – Psalm 62:5-6  Make that your motto: I will not be shaken.
  2.  He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  -Psalm 46:10  Be still means to not worry.  I know from experience that anxiety is second nature to motherhood.  This one is a tough one, but something we must practice everyday.
  3. Even the young grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:30-31  Do you hear that mamas?  We are eagles. Even if most times we feel like crows, we are like the eagles. Remember that.
  4. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. – Matthew 11:28-29  Find rest in Him.

And for my favorite go-to scripture when I’m feeling exhausted:

5.  When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. – Psalms 6:1-2  Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom to discover He is that rock at the bottom….

 

What are your go-to scriptures?  Share them with us.