how to be like Jesus as a woman today {when you’re weary}

what it looks like to follow Jesus as a woman in today's world

Do you ever feel like you have little ones hanging on your legs all day long? Asking you for things constantly?

Jesus did too. :)

He even had adults pulling on his robe. Every person wanting something from Him. Touch me, heal me, help me.

Just imagining that scenario makes me twitch a bit.

Worse than the worst paparazzi- these people were infected, possessed, bleeding, leprous- and they all wanted to get to Jesus. To touch Him. To talk to Him.

Jesus certainly wasn’t a germaphobe, was He?

He had these needy people all over him, all the time, and over and over He had compassion on them.

I wonder how long would it take for my compassion tank to run out? Like two days? But He never runs out.

I love seeing in the Gospels how Jesus dealt with the needy people. I get tired just reading all He did {in between walking miles and miles everywhere}. When I would call it quits mentally, He has compassion and keeps on healing the sick and teaching the hearts of the lost. In almost every town.

I’m thinking, how does Jesus keep on? I know He has to be tired. I have just four little kids and a husband, and I get tired of constantly being needed. How does His human body keep going? Surely He felt something like I do today?

Then I see it: in the midst of all the ministry, over and over again He slips away from the crowd to be alone with His Father.

It even says it here in Luke 5:16: “But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”

Sometimes after the day ends, and many times before the day begins, Jesus recharges Himself in the presence of His Father.

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. Mark 1:35

And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone. Matthew 14:23

Wherever He is, He finds a quiet place to hear Him. To walk with Him.

So many times before and after big events in Jesus’ ministry, we find Him withdrawing to places He can be alone with God.

That last night in the Garden- He prayed all night. The culmination of His ministry here on earth was preceded by and soaked in prayer.

I know you’re thinking what I have before- but I have all these little children and I’m never alone. I have so much to do, all the time.

I think in light of the Scriptures, we have no excuse. :)

God Himself wore flesh, and everywhere He went He was followed by people needing Him to do something. To teach them something. Not so different from mamas.

And yet, even with all the work He had to do, He found Himself needing to be alone in the presence of God.

Perhaps we need the same. Before, after, during the day- it doesn’t matter when.

If you feel like you don’t have a moment to yourself, you’re in great company. Jesus understands. :)

And just like God provided a chance for Jesus to be alone with Him, He will do the same for you. He will refresh you with His Spirit, just like He did for His Son.

You have the Holy Spirit in you, speaking to your heart. I know if you ask, He will give you a moment to hear His voice.

It’s not the law of course- you don’t have to have any certain “quiet time” every day. God provides you with His Spirit everywhere! But looking at the example of Jesus, I think we would so benefit from being alone with Him regularly.

I know for me, a lot of times I read the Bible on the couch with the kids running around, but I can’t pray with little people talking all around me. I can’t. I need to be alone- I need to speak with God- I need to hear Him.

My heart burns and seeks God, and I want no distractions when He is calling me. Most of the time it’s in the morning, but sometimes in the middle of the day I can hide in the bedroom or the laundry room for a few minutes. Or in the bath at night.

If you feel God pulling you away for a moment, stop and go to your room or the laundry room or a closet, and pray to Him. He wants your heart, and you already know this, but your constant serving is draining on you, sweet friend.

You need to refresh your spirit in Him- to set your mind on things above so that you can continue in your well-doing. He gives power to the faint, and to them who have no might, He increases strength!

This morning I woke up really early because I have this awful sinus pressure. I didn’t sleep well at all last night. I woke up before the kiddos and had time alone with God. I told Him right away I had nothing today- that I am weak and tired and broken, and He said to me, when I am weak, He is strong.

And you know what? He gave me energy. Energy to brush hair. To put clothes in the dryer. To clean up the house. To do a load of laundry. To write two articles. To not have a terrible attitude because the center of my face hurts.

He gives you strength.

When you’re tired, find your rest in Him. Find anywhere you can to have a minute alone with God.

He will give you your strength. He did it for His Son, and He promises the same for you today.

Seek Him, my friend.

16 comments

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post . Thank you.

jaime said...

Mandy, I am continually blessed by these inspired posts! Your dedication to the Lord shines bright! Thank you for being an encouragement to all of us mother's working hard to be our best for our God and families. God's Blessings on you! ~Jaime

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this!

Sincerely,

One weary mom

3abejas said...

Mandy! A slight stomach virus and fever had my husband and I down on Monday and Tuesday. Yesterday my #2 was throwing up. Today #1 feels icky. Stomach bugs cause me so much anxiety. I seriously can't function; I can't eat when there's a possibility that someone is sick and I spend a lot of time trying not to cry. It takes every ounce of strength to not leave the house, to actually sleep upstairs in my bed where I might hear the babes if they cry or get sick. And the feeling of inadequacy this brings is heartbreaking...I am their momma, I should be able to do this for them, no matter how uncomfortable it is for me. But most of the time I allow my weak flesh to win, and I let my husband fill the gap I should be filling. Thank you so much for the reminder that our Lord and Savior dealt with stomach bugs and more...because he loved them all. I can draw energy from Him, keep His example, and know that through His strength I am capable.

Tara said...

I needed this so much today and I am so glad my friend shared this on Facebook :)

Lisa said...

Thank you for posting this, you have great timing! I currently have a two year old (will be three in February), a five month old and am 9 weeks pregnant with our third baby, and I am constantly exhausted and battling all day "morning" sickness. Just yesterday I started praying that God would start letting His strength be made perfect in my weakness and to help me have the energy to take care of my family and house. Today went much better!

mandyBH said...

Oh, what a testimony of His goodness! :D yay!! Praying for you today sweet lady! Rest when you can!

Corrina Bria said...

Nail on the head! I've felt this for a while, just wasn't sure how to go about it with 3 littles 8,2,& 9 mo. 2 days ago I told my hubby that I needed his help so that I could have 30 minutes a day of not being needed so that I could recharge with the Word, and spend some time crying out to God. Today will be day 3....just waiting for him to get home ;) I love your blog by the way!

mandyBH said...

oh, I'm so glad you're listening to His call! And we praise you God for sweet husbands!

Betty-Jo said...

Thank you so much for this post. Needed this today. I hope that you are feeling better :) God bless you!

mandyBH said...

I am, thank you!! :D

jessica said...

Thank you so much for writing this! The Lord definitely needed me to hear this. If Jesus needed that time, why do i think i can just make it??

Eliana said...

Te bendigo! Gracias por compartir este mensaje. Es de mucha ayuda para mi. Bendiciones para vos y para tu familia.

Melanie Grant said...

Everything can be found in Him. So often we try and find solutions everywhere else or with someone else but actually it's all about Him. I often hear Him calling me but my response is often 'just now, I just need to finish this or that" but actually I should drop everything and go and be with Him.

Jennifer Greer said...

Oh amen!

Anonymous said...

Thankyou Mandy, you inspire me to be closer with Jesus! :)