Most of us start out motherhood with great excitement of the adventure ahead. We have big dreams and great expectations of what being a mom would be like. Until, reality shatters all of our dreams and expectations about motherhood. Then we realize that motherhood is very different from what we expected it would be.
I also started out with unrealistic expectations. One of them was, I thought I was “superwoman” and could do it all. Be a good and loving wife. A good mom who is present and engaged with her kids. And also, be good at my profession as a physician with the huge commitment that it requires.
At first, I put so much pressure on myself to do it all because I thought it gave me a sense of pride and accomplishment. I managed to juggle it all so well for a while, so that others would look in admiration and wonder, how you do it all and still keep your sanity. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? I bet you too have been motivated by some crazy ideas.
Later on, I somehow convinced myself with the perception that we had too many financial and family obligations that needed to be met. So I couldn’t afford not to continue at the pace that I was already going. Running from one task to another and from one role to the other. Always rushing and hurried. Couldn’t keep up and couldn’t slow down. Until I just couldn’t do it all anymore.
I literally felt as if I was drowning and suffocating in all of the obligations and responsibilities that I was committed to or that I thought were expected of me by others. I was overcommitted, overwhelmed and over it. Tired, expended and exhausted. Running on empty, out of breath and on edge. Worn out, burned out and ready to drop out. Stressed, stretched too thin and pushed beyond my limits. Depleted, defeated and depressed. Anxious, frustrated and restless.
How did I get here? Is this what I signed up for?
Why am I under such pressure to do it all?
Who am I trying to impress? How much more can I take?
Will I ever find balance with such a crazy schedule?
How much longer can I keep going like this without losing my sanity?
How are other moms doing it all? What am I doing wrong?
Is this all there is to life? Why am I so unhappy and feel so alone?
These are just a few of the questions that flooded my mind.
Can you relate? Have you gotten to a place in your motherhood journey and life, where you were so far away from what you had ever imagined and it made you question everything? Your faith. Your abilities. Your confidence. Your purpose. Whether you are a good mom or a good wife. Everything you dreamed and expected of motherhood is shattered in the face of the harsh reality you now find yourself in.
Friend, there is hope. Hope has a name and His name is JESUS! I want to encourage you today if you’re at the point of giving up on motherhood and life. In Isaiah 30:15, “This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confident trust is your strength”.
My prayer and hope is that, we would interrupt the chaos around us and quiet our souls. Lean into God and press in to find the answers that we desperately need. For it is when we pause and quiet our souls, that we can hear His voice more clearly leading and guiding us through life’s journey.
Dear Lord, I want nothing more than to know You and to recognize Your voice when you speak to me. Intercept the noise and chaos around me with your Word. Help me to stop and quiet my soul. I trust in You with all my heart. You are my strength and in You my soul finds rest. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Reflect on Truth
“When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn” -Psalm 142:3, NLT
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it” -Isaiah 30:21
This message continues in PART 2…
Hi Friend! I’m Susan, an ordinary girl who is learning to press pause, slow down and take in life one day at a time as I capture the beautiful and God-inspired moments in every day.
With God’s wisdom, I’m learning to embrace rest, find joy in the mundane and to prioritize what’s most important in life. I love to encourage Moms about how God is showing up in the journey of life, family and motherhood. I can’t wait to hear your story!
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