I begin my day rushing to run before Sam wakes up.
I rush to read/study my Bible and pray before Curious George goes off (what Sam watches during this time)
I rush to shower/dress before it's time to wake up the older children.
I rush them through chores and breakfast so we can start school.
I rush through lunch......doing laundry all the while.
I rush to get everyone ready to attend piano lessons, art lessons, xc practice.
I rush to get everyone ready for church services 3 times a week.
I rush to cook supper, serve it, and clean up after it.
I rush to get everyone bathed, read to, and ready for bed.....so we can do it all again tomorrow!
Rush! Rush! Rush!
Recently I have discussed this very topic with a few friends. One mom said that she is so overwhelmed by everything. Another stated that her children asked her why she never smiled! I frequently get overwhelmed by it all myself.
But I don't want to live this way.
And we don't have to!
If I take the focus off SELF, and instead focus on serving GOD, my perspective, my attitude, my to do list even, will be totally different. I need to stop striving to check off everything on my list (for personal satisfaction), and instead focus on serving others.
When I feel stressed, and I am rushing around do all of those things listed above, I am trying to stop.....and to remember to take the focus off of myself, my stress, my list, and instead choose to serve the precious children around me. Serve them with kind words, a soft voice, gentle reminders, and a smile instead of barking commands and rushing around.
I think there are some practical ways that we as wives and mothers can streamline our lives, leaving time for what is truly important.
- spend time in Bible study and prayer every single day
- cultivate an attitude of thankfulness. We have so much to be thankful for! In every stressful situation, in every overwhelming task, there is something to be thankful for. Thank God for His blessings!
- Make a Leave the House Checklist for those items you need to pack/do before leaving for a certain activity. I plan to make a list for xc practice, church services, piano lessons. An older child can help you pack and prepare to leave if you have a list to show him what to do.
- Create a routine for all of your regular chores. Anything that you do the same way everyday saves you time and stress. You can just go through the motions, not having to decide what to do or when to do it. I plan to write a few posts in the near future about some our our household routines.
Philippians 4:4-6 :Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace that transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.