To the mom reading this while being locked in the bathroom, you’re not alone. In fact, I’m writing this while sitting there, too. Sometimes it’s the only place of peace. I get that.

One child is running around. I hear the pitter-patter outside my door.

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The other one is jiggling the handle, asking to bring a baby doll to preschool for show and tell.

There is bickering.

There is yelling for mommy.

There’s a kitchen sink overflowing with dishes.

I don’t know what brought you to the bathroom seeking solitude right now, but you’re not alone.

Kids are asking for one more thing.

Kids aren’t listening.

The mess of the house is overwhelming you.

Take this moment and breathe a prayer to see your children the way God sees them.

Take this moment to breathe a prayer to find joy in your role.

Take this moment to get a quick break you desperately need.

But don’t stay hidden.

Let’s go out and love those kiddos. Let’s go out and be present with them.

Their constant needs reveal our call to pour into their lives.

Their constant needs show the blessings we have right before us.

Their constant needs remind us of how God doesn’t tire hearing about our needs.

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Let’s love them like God loves us.

Even when we mess up, He doesn’t turn from us.

Even when we frustrate Him, He doesn’t lose his cool.

Even when we throw a fit, He doesn’t just leave us to deal with our problem.

Mama friend, you’re stronger than you know. Take a deep breath and let’s emerge from here armed with God’s strength and love.

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Tynea Lewis

Tynea Lewis is a teacher turned freelance writer and watercolor artist. She and her husband are raising two girls, and they love spending time together at their family cabin. Tynea remembers loving to write as early as first grade, and she has a heart for encouraging women. She writes for various platforms, including Living By Design Ministries and Just Between Us. You can connect with her at, on Instagram (@TyneaLewis) or Facebook (@TyneaLewisWriter). Her original hand-painted greeting cards are available at

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