Do you have days--maybe weeks--when you feel so overwhelmed with physical or mental sickness or exhaustion that you don't think you can make it through? Do you worry that your children and husband will suffer irreparable damage from the lack of home cooked meals you are fixing or the amount of quality attention you are giving them? Does it feel like sometimes that you will never have a clean house again because the energy just isn't there? If so, I can totally relate and empathize.
I have learned throughout these very long weeks not only the resiliency of children (yes, they can eat jarred spaghetti sauce and canned soup and survive), but also the blessing of family. My mom has been up numerous times helping with the kids, fixing meals, running to the store when we were completely out of toilet paper, and just comforting me. And my husband has been especially wonderful in not complaining that we are having salad and baked potatoes or Mexican for the umpteenth time because that is all that sounds good to me right now. Plus, he lets me rest and cheers me up when I doubt for the millionth time how I'll be able to take care of three kids three and under, which makes me love him even more.
We aren't guaranteed happiness on this earth. There will be pain and sorrow and challenges because of the sin brought into this world through Adam and Eve. Yet, in the midst of the trials you face, remember that God is always there. It's so easy to get frustrated with God and wonder why He is bringing all this pain on you, but He never leaves you; He never forsakes you. He loves you.
"The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
He delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
A righteous man may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
He protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken."
May God bless you and your families...