Sometimes mom needs a night out.

Silence is golden, I’ve heard. This week that rang true for me.

In the clamor of life and responsibilities, whether those put on me by others or those I wear from my own choosing, I was feeling trapped. Claustrophobic. Overwhelmed.

In the space of this safe place I’ve grown so accustomed to on my screen, I was finding the words harder to come by in the chaos surrounding me and the chaos inside me. I needed a break. I still do.

But in a few days of silence, I’ve had time to reflect. If I can’t hear what my heart is trying to tell me, I have nothing to offer. Nothing to give.

If my thoughts are being held captive by fear, failure, or just being too busy to listen, then the words can’t and won’t come.

It’s true for all of us…

If we don’t take the time to listen to our heart, we will never hear what it has to say.

listen to your heart

If we don’t take time to hear what God wants to tell us, we will never know what direction to go or be equipped to get there in the first place.

At the end of another too-full week, I had the opportunity to do something I haven’t done since college…maybe…I can’t even remember. I had a girls night out. A “Mom’s Night Out” to see the movie of the same name.

And can I just say right here, right now, it was awesome? It. Was. Awesome.

I literally belly-ached laughed, with a few snorts on the side, from the first ten seconds until the end. Minus the two minutes I cried the ugly cry as Trace Adkins biker-tattooed-up character sat on a bench in a jail and explained how Jesus has all of us mamas wrapped in His arms and that’s all that really matters, not all the chaos we get so wrapped up in.

This mom’s night out reminded me that sometimes when we take time to just be and be with others sharing the same struggles or that have been there and done that, we learn things about ourselves we didn’t know.

I learned from a new friend that my favorite snack is an entire box of reeses pieces mixed in the same bowl with greasy movie popcorn (I am still here. I did not have a heart attack.) Try it. You can thank me later.

I also learned that time with other women may be bad for my hips, but oh-so-good for my soul.

Time spent laughing and crying together is time. well. spent. 

A week short on words ended in a week long on laughs and thirteen new friends. Yep, I went to this gig only knowing a few and I’m glad I didn’t let that stop me.

We are all in this together. Life. Motherhood. Wifehood. Sisterhood.

It’s not about her and them. It’s about us. Together. The sooner we embrace that, the better off we will be. And maybe we will find someone to walk off the reeses pieces with.

Now go plan your own GNO and come back and tell me how wonderful it was and what you ate. I really want to know what you ate.

For His Glory,
Meredith

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9 thoughts on “Sometimes mom needs a night out.

  1. I so agree with you. I had a GNO last night and we saw MNO. I needed it. My son will be a high school senior this fall. MNO made me realize even more that I have to enjoy the next 362 days and that I have enjoyed the past 17 years of watching him grow along with me. As much as I think my 12 year old daughter will drive me crazy… I know I will survive. I laughed – I cried and I realized that no matter what…I am the right momma for the children I have. This is the movie for all moms to see.

  2. I want to join YOU for a girls night out. 🙂 Sounds like a wonderful evening of refreshment. What a precious gift from God. I really want to see that movie!! I am grateful for how this time apart from my husband has allowed for many girls night out. I’d like my husband back home too though. 🙂 Much love to you, friend.

  3. I’m going to indulge in a girls’ night out tonight and I.can’t.wait. We’d originally planned to see that movie too but it’s not playing at any theaters around here? Very strange. I still plan to see it though. I’m so glad you got some girl time, Meredith! So important! And makes us better moms, better writers, better wives… and on and on. 😉

  4. I wanted to go with a bunch of fragain but it worked out that I just ended up going with 1. It was an afternoon, not a night as our hubby’s schedule works out that way. We went to olive garden before hand and for ice-cream after. I had seen the movie a few days before with my mom and 9 year old daughter. But I still laughed and cried again, and left the theater with a new sense of purpose in my mothering. I actually went to bible school with the directors, and was so proud that God used them to make this movie for us moms!’

  5. So glad you had a great time with your friends! And that movie…Oh! Any mom reading this who hasn’t seen it: Run, don’t walk to your nearest theater before it’s gone! So thankful for friends and especially for your friendship, Meredith. Thanks for sharing your life with us here!

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