I grew up hearing "I am too blessed to be stressed" and don't get me wrong I completely understand the phrase. I know that if I focused solely on all the good that God has done and changed in me, I wouldn't have as much time to stress about the things I can't control. I also know that high levels of stress and worry in your life is unhealthy and definitely not the way I believe God would want us to live. Soooo now that I got that out of the way. The other day as I sat in church, I randomly thought about that saying and how I truly feel blessed in my life but I also have some stressors too. Can I not be blessed and sometimes stressed all at the same time?? Is it possible that some of the many blessings in my life can cause some level of stress as well?
Well I am a mother of two children under the age of 3 (need I say more??)
I am so blessed to have two beautiful daughters who are healthy and smart. I am grateful to God for allowing me to be their mother but lets keep it real parenting brings a certain level of stress in and of itself. My husband and I just dealt with about two weeks of the typical childhood virus that ping ponged between both girls. Between birthday parties, library and park visits, nursery, school, and play dates there is NO escaping those germs. It was an exhausting couple of weeks getting them back to normal only to know that the next germy virus may be right around the corner.
What about the messes that children make? After having children I have relaxed my OCD standards on clean a bit. I would have to clean up every twenty minutes just to keep everything in its place and in the words of Sweet Brown, "ain't nobody got time for that!" The play dough bits under the table, the crumbs to feed a brigade of ants, the purple ink drawing on my dining room table that Im too lazy to sand out, not to mention about 75% of the time snack, lunch, and dinner (when Im able to get my two year old to each anything other than french fries, goldfish and fruit snacks) ends up someplace on the floor. For my personality this SCREAMS stress. I've even put a large smock on my daughter before she ate ravioli, which she now calls a "raincoat." Laugh if you want but seriously less than five seconds later (After this picture) the whole bowl of ravioli fell and spilled all over that smock and none got on her clothes. I was prepared this time!!
How is it that I had no clue of all the explaining, repeating, and repeating some more I would have to do as a parent. I thought I had it all figured out-you know before I had kids when I was an expert in child-rearing and discipline. Yes I was THAT person who knew what everyone else needed to do to have well behaved kids out in public. I mean seriously how hard can it be to get a two year old to listen?!?! HARD! I'll just say God has truly humbled me. I am blessed to have a head strong little girl who is not afraid to speak up, but I would be lying if I said it was never stressful. Only God knows how she has the ability to bring me to my knees in prayer just to make it through some days. My babies bring me such joy and my life is full with them and no matter how many times I have to sweep up goldfish crumbs, I know that I am blessed too.
There are many other factors in life that can bring stress: marriage, extended family, work, friendships. Wesley and I have been married eleven years and its sometimes hilarious (well only after the fact) the dumb things we get into "heated conversations" over. For example which route to take to get from point A to point B and then when its all said and done we finally realize that we were both essentially saying the same exact thing but in different ways after we've already wasted 10 minutes of time. I sometimes feel like we are in that Geico commercial, where the couple is in the jungle arguing over directions. Im sure I can come up w/ many more examples of the blessings in our lives that create a bit of stress as well. The next time you are having a particularly stressful day or in the middle of a stressful situation know that it doesn't make you any less blessed. It may seem like a bit of an oxymoron to say that one could be blessed and stressed at the same time but SERIOUSLY that's just the place I'm at in my life right now and Im sure many others can relate.