As a mom, it is so easy to get wrapped up in your "Mommy duties", caring for the kids, taking care of the house, and not to mention whatever your husband may need of you. Often times the first things you let slip are the things that affect you personally. It is so easy to put aside your needs, the things you may need the most, to take care of your family.
I'm reminded of a lesson from a class at Church that we studied sometime during the past couple months... the lesson of The Starving Baker. The Starving Baker comes from "The Art of Self-Leadership"/Habitudes study done by Tim Elmore. The following is taken from his book...
"So many leaders fail to tend to themselves, and eventually are unable to really serve others. They are starving intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. When they do read their Bibles, or listen to Cd's or tapes, it is always for someone else. They are always preparing some Bible study for a group or message for others. They read for "program", not for personal growth, and neglect to consume the nourishment or apply it to their own lives. Their "talk" is great. Their "walk" becomes fake. They go through the motions, but aren't really spending time eating the "bread of life"
He goes on discussing how ineffective leaders can be when they are not equipped with the right "tools" to lead others. How like a mom that illustration is...How can we effectively care for our families until we have met our own needs? If we continue to run ourselves ragged, never stopping to nourish ourselves physically or mentally, what will we have left to nourish our families with?
The starving baker is an example that teaches that before you can lead or care for others, you need to meet your own needs first. Even though as a mom or a wife that seems contradictory to everything we have been taught or raised to believe, it is an important lesson I often need to be reminded of.