Being a mom is too important and too hard to go it alone. Isolation is dangerous. It’s where the enemy whispers, “You are the only one who thinks that way. You are the only one who feels like the way you do. You are the only one who acts like that.” Then he tries to convince us we will never change or guilts us into trying to be super-mom, super-wife, super-woman, super-servant – but all we become is super-tired!
When we fall short, we beat ourselves up. We hide our failure and flaws and work a little harder to do it a little better tomorrow. I don’t know about you, but it wears me out!
Even men are realizing it’s just not realistic! Today I want to introduce you to some Godly leaders who care about us moms. This video offers encouraging words from the D6 Conference.
We want to pass our faith to our children, but when we get to the end of our day most of us are out of time and energy. We need help. We need simple and practical steps towards becoming a D6 mom. But even Godly goals can lead to more tiredness. We’ve got to take care of our hearts first.
Last year, while speaking at a women’s conference, three women came up to me individually and secretly confessed that they were ready to walk out on their families. All of them were believers. And all of them had the same feeling – NUMB.
They were exhausted. Two of them said they didn’t feel anything anymore. They thought they could leave their kids and husbands and have no regrets. But as they listened to my messages, God spoke to their hearts, helping them realize they were not alone. And the Holy Spirit nudged each one to tell me. Isolation was losing its power.
I prayed and held each woman’s hands in that sacred place of confession and healing. Tears began to flow and hearts began to soften. I knew God wanted me to tell them to take care of their hearts, because our heart is central to who we are. Their hearts were shutting down and these women were scared. Deep in their souls they knew being numb wasn’t good and that walking out would hurt someone – even if they thought it wasn’t them. So, I encouraged them to:
- Set aside time to be with Jesus, to let Him love them. To carve out white space in their day to “come away with Him to a quiet place and get some rest.”
- Be still for even just 10 minutes a day, to write down thoughts and struggles, to find promises to pray in His Word and carry in their hearts.
- Talk to God and a trusted friend about things to cut back, to make room in their hearts for those who were slipping away – their families and even God.
You and I could get to that point if we are not careful. I don’t want that to happen. Next week we’re going to talk about practical ways to start living out D6 principles from Deuteronomy 6:5-9. But first I want us to promise we will focus on our relationship with Jesus. Ask Him to show you how you can take better care of your heart, because He wants that, and after all, that’s where being a D6 mom starts.