God’s Unique Provisions For A Sleep-Deprived Mom

We’re moms…and we’re busy, right? We change diapers, feed babies, wipe noses, kiss boo boos, teach lessons and clean the house. We also make dinner, solve problems, run errands…the list could go  on and on. We often place the needs of our families over our own. Our work is never done. And if you have a new baby….well, your workload just doubled. I think we’d all agree that being a mom is one of the most tiring jobs on the face of the planet.

It is also the most rewarding job. Nothing is better than a little one’s sweet kisses, or the first time your baby smiles. I love when my kids draw me cute pictures then tell me the stories behind everything they drew. Kids are entertaining, funny and so sweet…they are worth every minute of our time.

Recently, I made a goal to spend more time alone with God in prayer. It seemed like every time I tried to start praying, there were constant interuptions. And by praying, I mean really praying, not just the prayers I pray throughout the entire day…but a real soul searching, focusing entirely on God, praising and worshiping kind of prayers, that shut out the entire world.

As a mom, it’s hard to even go to the bathroom without someone yelling “Mom” from outside the door…much less spend anytime alone. Even after my kids are in bed I’m still busy…kids coming down for a drink of water or to use the bathroom. Or having to intervene on an argument that my 5 and 6 year old are having…or chase the three year old back into bed.

I also have to spend that time catching up on all the things that I could’t accomplish throughout the day.

So I began to ask God for more time that I could spend in prayer.

The answer came in the form of a colicky baby. My little girl was born 10  weeks ago and has had problems with colic, reflux and lactose intolerance. At night she will not sleep for more than 15 min. at a time. She insists on being held…and often needs us to keep moving, pacing the floor with her.

I began to pray as I paced the floor with her…really pouring out my heart. I realized that God had granted me my time with Him. And that He would also give me the strength and energy I needed to get through all the coming sleepless nights.

Am I tired? Of course! But, this time that I have to spend in prayer while holding a precious miracle in my arms, is wonderful and peaceful. It gives me time to reflect on the blessings God has placed in my life. I can spend time asking for direction, solutions to certain problems, and guidance in the many roles I have…especially my roles as wife and mother.

I find that God has also provided a way for me to make up some of my lost sleep as well. Often my sweet husband will take a shift at night and he will make sure I get a nap during the day.

My point? If we seek Him and serve Him…God will provide us with what we need, when we need it. It may come in unusual forms…using something we don’t expect. Like a sweet,little colicky baby…and a long, sleepless night. 🙂

How has God provided for you in an unexpected way?

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