Last Updated on February 28, 2024

For most of my life, I’ve been a high achiever. I’ve made goals and stuck to them. Things have not always worked out as I planned, but I don’t recall anyone accusing me of being lazy.

Motherhood has thrown me for a loop, though. I’ve had some health issues during the last few years that have slowed me down. While I’m making an effort to remedy some of the chronic pain (taking some medications and eliminating gluten from my diet), I still struggle with exhaustion. It seems as if every day I have tons of plans and my “to do” list overflows, yet my body refuses to comply.

The other day I was outside with the girls and decided to pull weeds. There were plenty to choose from, so I started in on a large patch and kept going. After about an hour, I felt achy and had experienced a few dizzy spells, but I wanted to finished that section of the yard. Just as I’d grabbed a big hunk of weeds, my husband came up behind me and told me to stop. “You’re going to wear yourself out,” he said.

My first reaction was to bristle and tell him he was ruining my fun, even though it really wasn’t that enjoyable. My second reaction was to take a breath and thank God my husband cares more for my well-being than he does about the yard.

I put up my gloves and went inside to clean up. By the time I’d finished changing clothes, I realized he’d been right and that I should have stopped long before he told me to. I was left limping and so exhausted I fell face-first into bed as soon as the kids were down. As I struggled to find a position that felt comfortable, since my muscles had started aching again, I reflected that I need to give myself grace. I can’t push myself at the same pace I used to go.

Getting jobs done around the house and doing things for people outside my home cannot take precedence over caring for my family and spending time with them.

That means that during the day, even though I have things I want to do, or friends I’d like to see, I sometimes have to rest if I want to have anything left for the ones I love the most. On that note, I’ve decided to take a nap. Happy resting, dear friends.

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  1. This was such an encouraging post since I to have suffered from chronic health problems for awhile now and sometimes feel so guilty for all the things that get left undone. I would also love to read the other post mentioned but couldn't find it….can anyone help me out with that? Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Thank you, Jennifer! I suffer from chronic migraine headaches, and I have had to learn to abide by the limits God has placed on my body, and consequently on what I can do in a day. Whether it's saying no to chaperoning a field trip on a school bus (insta-migraine), or learning to listen to my need for rest in the afternoon, God has hemmed me in by this physical ailment. I find that few people talk about the physical limits that God puts on us, and the inability that we may have to do everything others can do. Thank you for blogging about this! It was encouraging to me and yet another reminder that God gives each of us our own burdens to bear–but burdens that we can bear, with His strength and grace.

  3. I'm so thankful you all feel encouraged! Stay strong, dear friends! And take a nap for me … I feel like I need one right now.

  4. Hey Ladies,
    I just wanted to tell you that you were on my heart today. As for the post that Tyra asked about, it hasn't been scheduled yet. Hopefully it will come up soon!
    Stay encouraged!