It’s so easy just to go to Google for answers and spend too much time on social media catching up with the latest on everyone important in our lives and others who aren’t so important but who are fun to ‘visit.’
The problem is that I hear from so many moms who need direction for everyday things in their lives, but are too busy to have personal devotions with their Creator.
I was one of those moms and I didn’t have the internet to blame. Somehow devotions became one more thing to do on my to do list. Unfortunately, because it wasn’t screaming at me, it was easy to ignore.
I would strongly suggest that every mom have devotions daily. I’m not suggesting an hour in a prayer closet a day, but how about one page of a devotional, or reading the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds with the day of the month, (read Proverbs 14 on the 14th of the month).
I buy myself a new devotional every December. I need to see it in person or make sure that I can read a couple of pages, before I purchase it, to make sure that it’s a fit for me. I usually buy them at Ollie’s
My favorite to date is Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.
God has every answer to every problem that we will ever have. I believe that He is often trying to get our attention to help us out, but we are just too busy or distracted to listen.
During my quiet time with Him, while having my devotions, I can hear His still, small voice and glean direction for my day from His word.
My morning devotions can be at 10:00 PM. I’ve learned that God is always awake.
If there are times that devotions are skipped, I know God still loves me…… AND I’ve learned not to beat myself up because of it. I will not live under guilt or shame.
Don’t be hard on yourselves Moms. Give yourself grace. God paid a very high price so that we can be free.
Look to Him daily for guidance and direction.
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
When my children were young, my days were so busy, just anticipating doing something extra, like preparing for a holiday, would cause me to stress and become grouchy.
One year, about 2 weeks before Thanksgiving, I was in bed, dreading the extra commotion and stress of preparing for the holidays. I decided to “Goal Back.” I found a piece of paper and fast forwarded my life. I pretended that it was 11:00 PM Thanksgiving night.
I asked myself what my goal would have been for that day.
I wrote the following:
“I want my guests and family members to feel special and cherished. I want them to feel loved unconditionally and thankful to be in my home. I want them to see Jesus in me.”
That was, and continues to be, my goal. It is so freeing for me.
Each year I add something new.
This year I hope to pray as a group for all of the needs represented by the guests around the table.
How is that freeing?
I major on meeting my goal and minimize what doesn’t really matter.
So…… Things I will minimize…………
Cleaning……My living room, kitchen and bathroom will be relatively clean. There might be dust in the corners and our bedrooms might not be ready for an open house, but it’s not high on my priority list to meet my goal.
Table Decorations……..My table decorations might not be pinterest pinnable, but the table will look pretty and welcoming.
Fashion……..I won’t worry about what I’m going to wear. Worse case scenario, I keep my apron on all day.
Tableware………I will use paper plates, although many people may call it cheesy, because I don’t own enough plates.
I will not have fancy napkin holders, or linen napkins. It’s just not in our budget, or important enough for my goal.
Creative Recipes…….I will NOT try any new recipes or change my menu that I’ve used for 17 years. That would be stressful for me, and what I serve seems to work. I serve turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casseroles, green beans, Amish rolls (purchased), cranberry sauce (from cans), fresh fruit, a ‘chocolatey’ dessert, and store bought fruity pies.
Things that are important for me to do……..
Pray for my goal to be met.
Pray that the people that God wants to be in our home, will come. (We open our home to anyone who would like to come, so we never quite know who is coming)
Time Management….Make sure that the food is cooked and ready to serve at least an hour before the meal so that I can mingle with our guests.
Plan with the Children….Make a plan to involve our children in the preparations and cooking so that they will also be blessed. (The blessing that we receive is priceless as we choose to bless others)
Incorporate Simple Beauty……Put candles and fresh flowers in the main rooms of the house, so that the house smells wonderful, and looks lovely, (despite some old furniture and mismatched dining room chairs).
Organize …….Organize the dining room, serving dishes, and all of the resources that I’ll need, at least one or two days before Thanksgiving Day.
Plan Easy Meals……Plan on EASY meals for my own family for several days before Thanksgiving, just for my sanity, and so that I can concentrate on the food for the BIG day.
Welcome Beautifully…….Clean and decorate the outdoor entranceway to our home, so that hopefully everyone feels special even as they approach our door.
What I consider to be important might be the very opposite for you, but that’s the beauty in identifying and writing our goal. We make it work, or fit our individual personalities and temperaments.
I’d love to read your thoughts!
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