“It can’t be morning already!”
As a mom who hasn’t slept through the night in almost six years, this thought often crosses my mind in the early hours of the day when I hear my first child awake.
Right now, I’m in the thick of mothering young children. My oldest is not even six, yet my fifth baby is due this summer. There are days when I feel so bogged down in the day-to-day mothering that I forget to actually enjoy my children.
If you’ve ever been in a place where you feel inadequate or exhausted in your role as a mom, I’d love to encourage you to read Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson.
I started reading this book after hearing it highly praised, but I was completely unprepared for the ministering it would do for my soul.
Sarah Mae’s honest account of her desperate feelings as a mother of young children hit close to home and I found myself praying for a mentor-friend like Sally Clarkson who has been there and through God’s grace raised her children well.
One point that struck my again and again was that we cannot expect to do mothering well alone.
As somewhat of an introvert, I typically wait for others to include me in activities and events. However, after reading how Sally has had to start almost every group to which she has ever belonged, I decided that with our new home I will be more intentional about connecting with others.
I am also bumping my pleadings for godly women friends and mentors higher up on my prayer list.
Another point that resounds over and over is simply to live within the grace God freely gives us as mothers. Sarah Mae and Sally encourage moms to let go of preconceived notions, idealistic perceptions, and unrealistic goals. Desperate offers its readers permission to abandon the formulas of parenting experts and to simply ask God to show you the best way to parent your own children.
One of my favorite parts of this book is the Q & A section with Sally. At the end of the book, Sally takes time to answer several questions with such a gracious and encouraging spirit. Her answers offer insights from a seasoned mom along with suggestions and ways to help keep you from feeling desperate.
Are you feeling weary in your role as a mom? Please, leave us a comment–we’d love to pray for you!
I was provided a copy of this book through BookSneeze®, but all opinions are my own.