November 20, 2017

Exhausted? Me too! (Encouragement & Printable)


Dear sweet friends:

I have a reminder for you today.

If today is one of those days when you can barely keep your head above water with the daily tasks and “to dos” looming long and large, take a deep breath, slow down, and just put one foot in front of the other.

We are in this together;  this swirling turn of motherhood, of work, of nurturing, of launching, of empowering, of overwhelmed living.

Beauty is found in the simple moments;  joy found in the embracing of the hour, of taking one day at a time, even when an entire week attacks at once.

So when I wake to a sink full of dirty dishes piled from the day before, even when I’ve committed to clearing the sink daily for my Clutter Countdown series, there’s grace and perspective. 

I’m thankful for the sink that holds those plates, the food that’s crusted to them, the blessings that ate off of them, and the warm water in which they now soak.

When I eye the muddy, paw laden door that was JUST cleaned hours earlier, I choose gratitude.

Not because I’m grateful for those jumping dogs that I can’t train, but because it’s now a reminder to choose my attitude.

So I’m grateful for the the way the sun peeks through at just the right time garnering perspective that He never changes. He’s set the sun on course and this stability reassures me that He is the same yesterday, today and forever, no matter what challenges lie ahead.

too much wash to do

When exhaustion sets in, and all I want to do is hop back in bed, pull the covers over my head, stick my fingers in my ears and pretend that life stands still for this moment, I get up and make a choice.

It’s all about perspective, isn’t it?

Are we choosing to take a step forward out of duty or delight?

Sometimes, it’s both, but today I choose utter and exquisite delight. Delight in the small things, that are always the big things.

Delight in my kids and their mistakes, huge mistakes, because I know we’re alway  in process. Delight in my messy house because it’s where life happens and where we live it large. Delight in my husband because he loves me no matter what and finally delight in my own inadequacies because it means my Savior is the only one that fills those never ending gaps.

Won’t you join me and use these moments to reflect on that reminder and give yourself grace?

We do have a choice.

What will you delight in today?

Are you exhausted Me too, but we got this. Free printable!

**** Out of my exhaustion, I wrote a little reminder to post over my sink. Yes, the sink that still has crud in the cracks from the week before. 🙂

Even if it doesn’t always “feel” like it, we are making a difference. I believe in you. You’re doing an amazing job!!

Please Feel free to print this off and frame in a 5×7 as a reminder.

Are you exhausted? Me too, but we’ve got this.

I’m choosing to be thankful in this moment because it means we’re making a difference.

Remember, you are doing an amazing job!

I know that too often, we aren’t told that!

Click here to print off and frame as a reminder.

We can do this!! Days are exhausting, but you're doing an amazing job!


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    Jen Reply:

    Thanks so much, Ashley – I think we all need this reminder 🙂


  2. This is exactly why we are simplifying our life. We want to be “Thankful in the moment”, enjoying the moments instead of just trying to get through the moments.


  3. Thank you for the encouragement, but I’ll instapaper the quote, because if I print it, I’m afraid it would end up being more clutter! I have a paper problem–I like it and have trouble getting rid of it!
    Thanks again!
    Mama of six, six to 18


    Jen Reply:

    haha – you do whatever works. I wanted it as a visible reminder and since it was just printed on paper, I throw it soon, but I totally get the paper problem. 🙂


  4. “In everything give thanks”. But sometimes it’s hard. This reminds my of something my youngest daughter said when she was about 4. She heard me complain about my week just about doing me in. When asked how is your mom she replied, “I think her week fell on her.”


    Jen Reply:

    OH Nancy – that is such a precious comment and so very true. Sometimes those weeks just fall hard on us, don’t they?


  5. Thanks for the reality check – and encouragement. It’s always nice to know I’m not alone on those exhausting weeks when I feel like I’m falling behind!



  1. […] A very encouraging post and a free printable of the image above from my friend, Jen at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. […]

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