A mom of two toddlers told me recently that she has trouble just finding the energy to get out of bed and get going, nonetheless chase her children around.
I remember those days. And I remember how my life changed the day I took to heart Psalm 90:12:
“So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”
Because we don’t know how long we will have on this earth to court our spouse, parent our children, serve our God, and invest in the lives of others, it is wise to live each day in a way that counts.
But in order to do that, we need the energy to get through the day.
Here are some practical things you can do to find and maintain your energy:
- Go on a brisk walk (and push a stroller if need be) to get your heart-rate up. Just by exercising, you’ll be adding energy into your day, along with increased endorphins which will improve your mood.
- Watch the clock and eat a high-protein energy snack every two- to three-hours. Fuelling your body, physically, will help you mentally and emotionally, as well.
- Take a “power nap” when the kids go down for their naps or on your lunch break at work. A lack of sleep could be making you feel listless and lifeless. Or, just find a quiet place to sit still and relax…talk to God or play some worship music and let it soothe your soul.
- Get outdoors. Just feeling the grass under your feet, the sun on your back, or a cool breeze on your face will remind you, again, that life is short and you were created to love God and enjoy Him (and what He’s created) forever.
- Find the view. Whether it’s a butterfly seen from your kitchen window, a bird perched on your backyard fence, or a picture of nature on the wall of your office cubicle, enjoy it. When we see and experience life and beauty, it will focus our minds and freshen our souls.
As busy as life gets, remember that life truly is short, children grow quickly, and messy houses (and piles of laundry) can wait. Our exhaustion from the tasks at hand lasts only for the moment.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind.
Isaiah 40:31 The Message
God is faithful and will equip you with what you need to get through not only this day, but this season of life. So get out of bed, and live it to the fullest by treasuring the time you have with those little ones who are growing quickly and those older ones who are aging before your eyes. Love them while you still have them around. You’ll never get this day to do over again.
How do you build energy and motivation into your day?
By Cindi McMenamin
Wife to Hugh, Mom of 1 grown daughter
1 Corinthians 13 Team Member
Women’s Speaker, Author of When You’re Running on Empty and 14 other books.