By guest author Andie Davidson
Overwhelmed. I confess that I probably overuse that word. It is the comment that I find coming out of my mouth more often than I want to admit many days. After a long day of work, my husband comes home to hear me retell the events of the day, for he is on the receiving end of my weariness.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my life. I love my busy home. I love homeschooling our eight children, and I fully realize what an incredible blessing it is to be able to stay home and build relationships with them all day. However, that blessing comes with a lot of work, and quite often at the end of the day, I long for rest for my weary soul.
Can you identify with that feeling? Do you find your spirit empty after pouring out yourself on behalf of your family? When I really think about it, I realize I can’t blame my children for being needy; they were designed to be poured into.
I could choose to resent their neediness and the fact that they drain me and leave me empty. Or I could accept their God-given design and take responsibility for refilling my soul rather than blaming them that it is empty. Oh to be a willing vessel, joyfully emptying myself on behalf of those around me knowing that God will faithfully refill me!
One of my all-time favorite authors, Rachel Jankovic, says this about mothering: “When we are at home with our children, this is our sanctification. This is the testing of our faith. And it is Christ’s faithfulness that enables ours.”
What a relief that Christ’s faithfulness to fill my spirit truly enables me to be faithful in pouring it out to those around me. But there is surely a catch. Filling my own spirit is a discipline that I must actively pursue, and no one else can do that work for me — not even my husband! How do you fill your spirit? Do you ever find yourself resenting those around you and blaming them for your emptiness when deep down you know it is your responsibility?
Christian Home Educators of Colorado knows that moms need a source of encouragement and support on this homeschooling journey, so that is why they have created the REFRESH event for ladies just like you. Please consider setting aside the weekend of February 4th, 2017 to refill your soul.
Saturday will be a day designed to offer you fellowship, biblical wisdom, and Spirit-filled worship. I encourage you to get a hotel room and make a weekend of it. Grab a few friends who could use encouragement as well and invest in your family by investing in your own spirit!