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warning: this is more of a rant/vent than a post about what God is teaching me.

I have 4 kids ages 7.5, 5, 3.5, and 11 months. My husband and I both work full time ( he often works overtime & I’m a teacher so I bring work home). We are also both involved in ministry at church. Plus it’s winter so the kids are constantly sick. To top it all off we are in the process of packing & getting ready to show so we can sell the house & move. So needless to say, I’m busy. Which means that often I hear “I don’t know how you do it!”

I know the person means it as a compliment so I try to graciously accept it, but often I want to snap back “I don’t have a choice!” Or ” I’m not doing it” or ” I don’t know either!” The truth is I’m surviving with help from caffeine, Zoloft, my hubby & my mom.

What I hear when someone says “I don’t know how you do it” to me is not the expression of admiration they intend but “your life is hard.” I think my life is hard, but I don’t want someone to confirm my fears. Hearing someone else say that the task before me is daunting just makes it even more daunting. What I need to hear is “you can do it- in fact, you are doing it” or “Women all over the world are doing it & if they can, you can too!”

What are some comments that you get? Do you enjoy them or do they rub you the wrong way? What do you wish people would tell you?

Let’s remember Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”