Refilling My Cup

Michael and I got away to the mountains last weekend without the kids. Let me tell you, I needed it. I feel like I have been going nonstop for way too long. And I will admit that I’m not very good at taking time to myself. I know I should, but there are so many other things pulling for my attention. When the kids are sleeping, I’m usually working because that’s when I have time.

We live in a society that tells us we always need to be doing something. I hear that voice loud and clear. For me, doing nothing (even for an hour or so) feels like laziness. It does, and it’s an incredibly hard mindset to break, at least it is for me. Maybe you don’t struggle with that. When the kids go to bed, maybe it’s easy for you to kick back with a glass of wine and a good book. But it’s a real struggle for me.

Even Jesus got away from the crowds and the demands of life to pray to his father. He needed solitude to focus on what God was telling him. If Jesus took time to rest, we better believe we need the same. We better believe we need it even more.

We love our kids so much, and we would do anything for them, but we need to take care of ourselves in order to be the best mom for them. Yes, I’m writing this for myself today. I’ve heard it said that you can’t fill someone else’s cup if yours is empty. I’m reminding myself that I need to be intentional about refilling me cup.

That weekend away helped with that, so now I can go back and love on my kids in a way that has been incomplete in the midst of stress and deadlines and to-do lists. I can be more patient with them because I have gotten my priorities straight. Apart from time with God, my family is my priority, and they deserve my best, not what is left of me after every other task has been completed.

How about you? Do you need to refill your cup?

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