“You know what? I’ve had enough!”
Have you found yourself saying that this week? To your kids? To your computer? To yourself? Is it because of disappointments, stress, or added responsibilities that you feel as though enough is enough?
With our culture telling us that women are strong, capable, and can do anything, we have learned that failure shouldn’t be an option. We must continue to do our best, look good, and persevere. Stressed or anxious about something? Don’t dwell on it; you have things to do. Have disappointments? Don’t share them and become vulnerable to others.
But the mantra that women can “do it all” is misleading. When society standards aren’t met, women experience inadequacy and believe that they are weak or less-than. Burnout, stress, and depression results. With the demands, busy schedules, and growing to-do lists, it may feel that nothing seems to be enough as much as we try to do.
WE don’t feel enough.
Because we cannot do enough does not mean that we aren’t enough. Remember — what you are going through is not who you are.
Even though you have times when you cannot manage all the responsibilities and stress, you are not a failure. You are not incapable, weak, or less-than. Do you know who you are? I have some truth to share with you. You may think you are a mess, but you are a beautiful hot mess. You are a big mess of loveliness, worthiness, and value in God’s eyes. And regardless of how you may feel, let God tell you who you really are:
Amid the mess today, pause and repeat those phrases above to yourself. Yes, you are worthy, lovely, and valuable. I have to say these phrases to myself all the time too!
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