The challenges and struggles faced by single mothers can be opportunities for them to realize just how strong and resourceful they are. Have you ever stopped to consider the many hats that mothers are called on to wear? Here are a few: they are educators (they help their children with mounds of homework — I hate fractions!), doctors (they have to tend to their sick children 24/7, sometimes operating on a few hours of sleep), chauffeurs (they shuttle their kids to and from school and extra-curricular activities, regardless of the weather), CFO’s (sometimes having to use “creative financing” to pay for field trips, athletic uniforms, tuition, etc.) and relationship coaches (sometimes they have to comfort a broken-hearted child who just broke up with the boy or girl of their dreams – sometimes on more than one occasion!). Mom a.k.a. Super Woman does all these things without complaining, without any fanfare and often without thanks from the recipients of her graciousness… but what happens When Super Woman Gets Tired?
Most businesses close for major holidays or on weekends. But a mother’s work is never done. It sounds cliché, but it is true. A mother is called on all day, every day to be available for everything and if the truth is told, she is called on to be available for everybody — even when she has nothing left to give. Who tends to her when she is tired or sick? Who reassures her when she is worried that her paycheck may not cover every bill that is due? Who does she turn to when she would rather scream than smile? A few close friends will stay close through the good, the bad and the ugly, but because of the façade or mask that says “everything is fine”, Super Woman doesn’t get many chances to just be. A friend of mine shared her mantra with me that helped me put things in perspective and I’d like to share it with you: the line forms behind me. In other words, take care of yourself and get yourself together and then take care of whatever else needs to be taken care of.
The next time you’re on an airplane, pay close attention to the pre-flight instructions from the flight attendant: “In the event of an emergency, first put on your oxygen mask, then help your child.” Taking care of yourself first is key to taking care of others.
Take action now: Meditate on Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (New Revised Standard Version).
Embrace this truth: The line forms behind you.
“When Super Woman Gets Tired” is a topic that will be discussed in-depth by Denise Busby on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the “Daddy’s Girl Empowerment Summit”, a FREE conference for teen girls who are being raised without their fathers. It will be a day of inspiration, empowerment, fun and encouragement. Mothers are welcome and encouraged to attend. Breakfast and lunch included. Register today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/daddys-girl-empowerment-summit-registration-10339821685
Location: Hope in Christ Community Church, 1019 N. Harris Ave., Compton ( 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)