Swim team was the only sport I participated in growing up (besides a brief and awkward soccer stint). I remember the endurance and concentration it required and the need for rhythmic gulps of air to keep going.
It's very similar to what my life is like now.
Chasing four tiny hooligans around calls on every ounce of strength and concentration I have. As soon as my eyes open in the morning IThere are so many tasks ahead of me pertaining to pure survival that sometimes I forget the most important part: coming up for air.
It's not just about getting through the day. It's about embracing this crazy phase of life and learning how to thrive in it.
Here are three tried and true recommendations on how to keep from drowning:
Sometimes we see our kids but we don't really see our kids. We see a diaper that needs to be changed or a discipline issue that needs to be addressed. Tell them you love them. Give them a hug. Pull them onto your lap and ask if they are having a good day.
Grace is our oxygen. We draw strength from it when we take time to soak up our children and meditate on God's Word.
What brings you up for air during the day?
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