I wake up in the morning, fix breakfast, and if I’m lucky take a shower, then get dressed and get my children dressed, then put a load of clothes in the washer. Running to the store happens often, and then its back for lunch! Move the clothes over to the dryer, and put the kids down for a nap. Maybe fold some clothes while watching a TV show, wash dishes, and then the kids are awake before I know it! Outside play happens in the afternoon, then it is a struggle to get Annie inside and get dinner fixed. If we have time we take a walk, but then its bath/bedtime for the kiddos!
As a mom of two littles, this is what my day looks like on a regular basis and many times I’ve got more than this planned! The Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to be a mother, and in this is sacrifice. Taking care of others needs before my own is an every day occurrence. My day is filled with things for my family, and for my house.
I am reminded of Mary and Martha in the Bible. Often times I feel like Martha, running around and doing many things, but I forget to be still. This is something I have never been good at. Psalm 46:10 says to “be still, and know that I am God” Which is exactly what Mary did.
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Often times I run to things that I think will give me rest, such as a TV show, or taking a nap. Yet in order to be truly rested and restored, I need to be quiet and still, spending time with Jesus, whether that is getting up earlier, or forgoing something while my kids are sleeping. Please do not misunderstand me, I love being a mom and a wife. It is a pleasure to love and care for my family through acts of service, but ultimately the Lord is my portion and my prize. He is of utmost importance.
Therefore, I want to be Mary.
Hey Rachel, good lesson. I struggle with the same things even NOW as a Grandma with no babies to care for on a daily basis. Life always has more To-Dos than time to DO them. But you are correct, a day that starts with God, helps you to keep focused on Him. It grounds you and makes all trials/sacrifices/duties not only more bearable, but even joyful!
We had lunch with Joyce last weekend to celebrate Garland’s 87th BD. It was great to see her again. Of course, y’all came up in conversation. You are in our prayers as your busy life, in not one country, but two (!!) unfolds.
May the Lord bless and keep you. May He make His face to shine upon you, every day!!