With two new challenges approaching, I have been setting my alarm earlier than usual. School is approaching as well, and it’s important for all of us to get back into a new routine, but as Mommy in this house, it’s especially important for me to get back on track. Summer let us relax and
get lazy take a break, ahem, and it’s time to be more proactive implementing regular schedules and routines.
It is VERY easy for me to get caught up in the TO DO LIST of my every day. I’m a list maker. A note taker. A checker-offer-of-things-completed. It makes me feel accomplished to look at a list and see so many things crossed off.
In that process, though, I get lost in the technical aspects and feel more like a cattle rancher or pageant coordinator than a mom. And my kids don’t react well. And at some point it gets VERY FRUSTRATING cuz we all know it’s easier to check things off a list than it is to try to herd our family. The less it works, the more I want it to, and the more demanding I tend to get.
I don’t like having an unchecked list at the end of the day.
AS I have started getting up earlier and digging into God’s Word and spending time with Him, He has made it very clear to me that MY goals are not always HIS goals for my day. I see the things that need to be done, grumble about the endless piles of dishes and laundry, and lose track of being a MOM. I get into the things that CAN be managed and too often try to approach my relationships with my family in the same way.
It doesn’t work.
And these early mornings, while I have been in the Word, He has reminded me that first and foremost, it is not what I need to DO everyday that matters as much as who I need to BE every day.
His heart for me motivates me to want to be more like Him. I want that to translate into my days with my family. I want my heart for Him to motivate them to be more like Him.
1. Spending time with Him does not have to be QUIET.
This is a challenge for me, I will be honest. I LOVE my quiet, uninterrupted time with God in the mornings. The pitter patter of little feet and voices asking for “juice” or “Caillou” or everything else. It is hard to focus on HIM when they are all pulling at me already so early in the morning. “Quiet” time should be quiet, right? It is definitely ideal, but not always possible, and I have learned that sometimes my time with Him is about serving my family with a sweet heart focused on Him as much as it is about the amount of time I get to spend quietly meditating on His Word.
2. Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit comes in everyday living.
Becoming more like Christ is a work of the Holy Spirit. It is often produced in the events of everyday living. Washing dishes is my garden bed. I can find myself either grumbling as I wash the 43 bazillion cups that have been used every single day, or I can pray for my kids to have obedient spirits and see Jesus in me while I wash them. The Holy Spirit often works on me as I get my hands in the dishwater, working in Meekness and Patience and Love, as I wash the evidence of our lives clean. He does that often, working in the tasks of everyday living, to bring us closer to His Kingdom.
3. He Knows The Heart
If you have littler ones who need attention first thing in the morning, He knows that. I don’t want to tear myself away from what I’m doing (whether it’s spending time reading my Bible or writing a blog post), but sometimes it is necessary. It doesn’t mean we are choosing family OVER the Lord if we focus on being like Christ in our everyday living.
We can train our kids to be quiet while we study, but some mornings things don’t stay quiet and schedules get busy. God knows this. We can still sit at His Feet, whether we are quietly meditating in His Word, or singing praise & worship while we clean, or pray over our family members while we fold clothes or drive them to school. We can include them in singing praise & worship during cleanup times or breakfast times and pray with them to start their day, too.
When we can train our heart to track Him in everything we do, our time with Him is sweeter and He can speak to us even through our mundane list of tasks and chores.
Starting the morning on the right foot is the key to a GOOD day. And it begins in the heart.
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