” I am calling you to a life of constant communion with Me.” ~Jesus
I have recently started a devotional titled “Jesus Calling”. Personally…I think everyone should read this! It’s incredible and you get so much out of it in such little time. Anyways….
My adventure on becoming a full-time Mommy has been beautiful and challenging at the same time. I was so used to managing my “work-load” and checking tasks off my continual lists of to-do’s. I’m a very administrative person so I really enjoyed the job that I had…coordinating a therapy clinic. Doing that job included..constant interaction with the public, problem solving, scheduling, match-making therapist with patients and much more. So, I being used to that pace, brought the same determination to homemaking..being sure Gabriel is busy learning age appropriate tasks and activities, not having a single dirty dish, making sure the house is spotless and laundry caught up. Trying out new recipes to wow my husband when he gets home from a busy day at work…and trying to squeeze in a nice shower somewhere in all the chaos. (LOL) Wow…what a job! (Please do not think I’m comparing a stay at home mom/working mom b/c I’ve been both and they are both challenging in their own ways.) Where did I mention Christ in any of that?? Then it dawned on me, things can’t always be “picture perfect” especially when you are 9 months pregnant and you have a 2-year-old “custom designing” your home. The Lord really spoke to me and I think it will help other Mommy’s out there…
The enemy loves to send distractions…even though they are not all bad. I do believe in completing tasks/lists with excellence and in a timely manner…but if the “lists” become your idol we’ve missed the point. God calls us to be in continual communion with Him. “Never stop praying.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT) That means as we are completing our tasks, we are acknowledging Him…praying to Him and asking for grace because we can’t do everything in our own strength. Usually while Gabe is napping, I will fold and put away laundry. As I am doing this, I turn on worship music and begin to talk to my Father. It’s amazing the conversations you can have with Him while folding underwear! Nothing formal about that…just keeping Him in my day…through it all. Christ desires to be in the successes of our lives, in the daily routines and in the low points. He doesn’t just want us to pray to him before we eat and go to bed. He desires us to meditate on Him. This doesn’t mean we walk around praying out loud all the time…it can simply be a thought “Thank you Jesus for your grace. Thank you for your Peace in my life. Thank you for helping me in this tough situation. Thank you for giving me the words to say”. Just acknowledging Him.
A quote from Jesus Calling spoke to me, “A successful day is one in which you have stayed in touch with Me, even if many things remain undone at the end of the day.” That pretty much sums everything up…and I teared up as I read that because as Mother’s we put so much pressure on ourselves…society puts so much pressure on what all a “Mother” is supposed to do and complete in a 24 hr period. I wrote this down on my picture-frame board so I see it each day. (I think I should move it to my laundry room and kitchen haha).
My challenge to you (and myself) is to make sure our long list of to-do’s and tasks are not becoming our idols but that we continually find our completion in Christ.