“Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn.
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, Lead me home.”
How many mornings do you wake up and wish you could roll back over and fall asleep? How many times do you crave just a little power nap? Sleep is a good thing and we all need it to function. Without enough, we tend to be under productive and, quite frankly, a little cranky. (No? Just me then?)
I am a full-time stay at home mom to my 3 year old boy, 2 year old girl, and soon-to-be newborn baby boy. I am tired a lot. Often times I crave the energy my preschoolers possess in leaps and bounds. How do they happen to get a burst of energy right before bedtime??
When we’re tired, every little accident or misbehavior from our children somehow seems so much worse and we have a tendency to react more harshly when we aren’t rested. Have you ever caught yourself yelling when you vowed you’d never do that?
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my job and wouldn’t want it any other way, but I have realized that how much rest I get greatly affects the way I speak and interact with them. Whether we are stay at home moms, work from home moms, or work away from the home moms (and dads!), I’m sure this rings true for us all.
I’d like to explore how we can recognize this and not let it affect how we interact with our children. The partial hymn I quoted above, Take My Hand Precious Lord reminds me that not only do we have a Heavenly Father that can and will lead and comfort us, but we can’t do it without Him.
Whether how big or small the problem we face, we don’t need to go through it alone. God has said “I will not leave you or forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5) and we are instructed to cast “all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Being a parent is hard. We know that raising our children in the Lord is the most important gift we can give them, but when we’re tired at the end of the day, sometimes it just seems easier to forgo the nightly prayers or skip the daily Bible story. But then you hear a little voice say “Mommy, you forgot to say our prayers.” In that moment, your heart melts and you feel like a failure as a parent, but it should really be an encouragement that you taught your child the importance of a relationship with our maker.
When we’re tired or discouraged as a parent, we must remember that God chose to give us our children, having faith that we could raise them to follow Him. Remember that God’s word instructs us to “train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
So let’s not let our tiredness affect our calling and ministry to teach our children what it means to follow Christ. Let’s lead by example and when we feel tired, weak and worn, let’s go to God for our strength. But remember, we are all in this together. The value of a fellow Christian parent-friend can be invaluable for encouragement, prayers and advice. If you are discouraged, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our little blessings need us to be the very best parents we can be.