A Lesson Learned: Tired

My kids are wearing me out. Little Brother, who I thought would be my laid-back, peaceful one, is exhibiting symptoms of “activitiss” just like his Big Brother! I am EXHAUSTED keeping up with these two!

When nap time rolls around, I don’t want to do laundry or empty the dishwasher, I just want to relax and do something I enjoy (which is normally updating this blog, oddly enough). Unfortunately, this pattern has left our house in a disheveled mess. And I’m hosting a baby shower at my house tomorrow…Eek!

While I’m cutting out letters and stars for decorations for the baby shower, I have been reflecting on the reason I am so tired (and no, I’m not pregnant…my mom already asked me that question). :)  I’m certain the reason is that I am not giving all of “cares” to the Lord. I’m not trusting that He will provide me the energy I need to make it to the next hour. I’m relying on my self instead, which means I get tired and stressed VERY easily. I’m not ASKING him to help me in my daily routine.

I guess in my mind, I think He’s too big for my little inconveniences. There are so many people who are hurting so badly, who have REAL problems and hurts. I am just stressed and tired with my kids…that’s not a big deal at all.

But in this thinking, I am denying God’s transforming power in my life. I’m denying his omnipotency altogether.

So, Lord…please give me the strength and energy to care for these two precious babies. To nurture their little spirits and help them to love you more each day. Help me not to get overwhelmed or stressed, but be able to enjoy every little moment….because they pass way too quickly. Amen.

Cast the whole of your care (all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all), for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” -1 Peter 5: 7 (Amplified Bible)


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. I needed this right now. Lately, I have been so tired! I keep thinking of ways I can get more energy. You're absolutely right though. I need to hand it over to God and know that he will give me the strength to get through the day, week, and my many years left of being a mother! I often forget that my worry and stress are not what God wants for me and they are only results of me not "casting the whole of my cares" to Him. Thank you again!

  2. Once again a perfectly timed post for what's going on in my life. Thank you for these wise words, Jenae. God bless. :)

  3. Isn't that the truth? When we try to do it all ourselves, we just get tired? I will be praying for you; for a revived spirit and energy.

  4. Yes!!! I totally needed to read your post! The same is going on in our house (and my heart)…..I definitely need to remember that He IS in control and WANTS to take the burden! Thanks so much for sharing :-) Our little guys are close in age – Channing turns 3 next weekend and Sully just turned 1…….sometimes it feels like to two are working together to plot schemes……..hope the baby shower goes well – I'm off to bed!

  5. Thanks so much for this reminder! I have a 4 year old and a baby due next month and have been very tired. I feel weary and wonder how I will ever be able to get everything done and how I will keep up with two little ones! God never gives us more than we can handle. He just wants us to cast all of our cares upon Him. Thank you again for this reminder!

  6. I LOVE this post! This is exactly what I am experiencing, too. I've been getting up earlier than my boys to have my quiet time with the Lord each weekday, and that has made such a big difference in my attitude for the day.

  7. Nap? What is nap? LOL! DD stopped taking them at 2 – 2 1/2 and at 3 yr. old only sleeps 10-11 hrs. She also needs constant mental stimulation, so this keeps me super busy with only 1 kid. Found a Moms Morning Out class with my city. I take her there 3-5 hr. per week. This has helped me a ton. Sometimes I clean during this time, balance the checkbook, etc., sometimes I just relax. Thanks for your post!

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