Today was one of those days where I was counting down the minutes until bedtime. If one more person under 3 feet tall says my name, I think I’m going to explode, and it isn’t going to be pretty. I tried to do all of the right things. I made sure that my quiet time was a priority, ate healthily, avoided sugar, and gave each kid undivided attention. But as the day draws to a close I am done.
Let’s face it not every day can be an exceptional day, even if we do all of the right things. We are a bunch of sinners living together in close spaces. As I sit down to gain some sanity at the end of my day, I remind myself of some truths, that I would like to share with you moms.
These days won’t last forever. Cherish the moments, yes even the bad ones. I often think of my mom, who lost my brother at the age of seventeen. For her even after a rough day, she would give anything to pick up after my brother again, to hear his loud voice, screams, or laughs.
My Grandma told me once that each day she would remind herself that tomorrow her kids were going to be a day older. How she spent her day determined whether that was something to be grateful for or sorrowful over.
Remember that God’s mercies are new every morning, and because of that the hard days can bring us out of our self-reliance and focus our souls on the One who gives us our strength.
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
As the day draws to a close, I ask myself, “What could I have done better today?” I spend some time reflecting on where things went wrong. Is it a discipline issue? Do I have an unrealistic expectation? Are my children responding in such a way because I am distracted? Am I not stewarding their time well?
I look at what ways can I improve tomorrow. Write down a list. Pray for the Lord to give you strength for tomorrow. A verse that I have been dwelling on lately,
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
I have been praying this daily that the Lord would give me a steadfast, consistent, diligent spirit that would seek after Him daily in every aspect of my day. In how I discipline my children, speak to others, even in how I go about cleaning my house. That the outpouring of my heart would be words that are Jesus filtered.
Find Scripture that you can dwell on that will speak truth into your life. It has made a significant difference in my life.
Refresh your soul before your head hits the pillow. At the end of the inevitably rough days instead of drowning in your sorrows put on some praise music and go to His word.
Many times I am tempted to put the TV on and just tune out for awhile. That is not speaking life into my soul. It is not renewing my mind or suiting up for the battle that is tomorrow.
Real life motherhood takes real work. But remember mom, it’s worth it. It’s some of the most important work we will ever do on this planet.
Be an encouraged mom, go on and mommy well tomorrow, it’s a new day.
Passionate Housewives Desperate for God
by Jennie Chancey (Author)
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