My prayer is that I can be the best wife and mother I can be. A task that would be easier if I had a Ken Barbie husband and children who lived at Super Nanny’s house, but the reality is, I am not perfect and neither are they. I have to keep my head in check and focus so I can love my family as much as they deserved to be loved despite our big ball of imperfections. Today I’d prefer not to focus on what our family needs to change, but rather how to work on ourselves.
It isn’t about what others can do to make my life more manageable, but what can I do in my current situation that will bring glory to God.
Do things without Complaining
We wake up tired. Kids start complaining, and we want to complain back. Don’t they realize how good they have it? Then we hear our Father in Heaven say, ”Don’t you realize how good you have it?”
Do Everything without complaining or arguing.
We are late for an activity again. One would think an hour prep time would be enough to get everyone ready, but alas it’s not. Have patience with your toddler because he is so much more important than anything you are running to.
Slow to anger. Abounding in love.
You and your husband are disagreeing. It’s funny how opposites attract. Isn’t it? Why can’t he just see it my way? God says, “is it worth fighting about?” Isn’t your husband worth more than a petty argument. I can still remember one of our first married arguments, *err discussions* about if the salt and pepper should go on the table or the stove. Silly, huh?
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
Embrace change, go with the flow.
Sometimes we aren’t going to be able to do everything on our “to do list”, and that is ok. Pray that God guides your path so you can finish the things that need to get done. Everything else is just the cherry on top. Kids are more important than our focused agendas.
Cast your burdens upon Christ
Feeling tired, lonely, drained? Tell Christ about it. He doesn’t want us to feel that way. He wants our cup to overflow with joy and peace through the turmoil so we can point to God and say, “Thank you Lord! I can not do this on my own, but You are the peace that passes all understanding.”
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Our husband and children are gifts from God. They are part of our ministry here on earth. We can’t truly be used to bless others until we learn how to express love at home, and be thankful for what He has given us.
It’s ok to take five.
Call up a girlfriend and go for some coffee. Although sometimes we feel like superwoman (and we are), it is ok to get recharged. It doesn’t lessen our love for our kids or our husbands. I have to remind myself of this because there is that little voice whispering in our ears that tries to make us feel that if we take some time away from the kids, we are trying to pass off our responsibilities. On the contrary, it allows us to get refreshed so we can be an even better wife and parent.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Food for thought
What’s one thing in your household that you can do differently that would bring honor to God?