Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Too Much To Do & Not Enough Time

Psalm 90:14: Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

When I was in elementary school, I can remember summer days when my mom would make me go outside and play. (I loved television a little too much.) I can still see my face pressed against the screen door telling her how bored I was.

Now I laugh at the thought of being bored. Even though we all have 24 hours in our day, most people I know don't seem to have enough time to do what they need to do. How is it with all our modern conveniences, we still can't do everything?

There are many roles we play as women, and learning how to balance everything is quite an art. When I think I've got it figured out, something happens to tip the scales again!

The key for me is to begin my day in the presence of the Lord. If I find my satisfaction in Him, He gives me the strength to handle all my other responsibilities. In addition, I'm not looking for anything or anybody else to fill that God-shaped spot in my life!

For those of you with little kids, I understand how difficult it is to carve out that time. I can remember days I was so desperate for God while my kids were small, that I journaled standing in the kitchen with a toddler hanging on my legs. I heard Susanna Wesley (mother of 19 -- the famous John and Charles Wesley were two of them) used to throw her apron over her face -- and her children knew to leave her alone.

As my kids grew older, they got used to my need to get alone with God. I remember one day when I was not getting along with one of them. He said to me, "Mom, have you had your Prime Time today? You need to go spend time with God." He was right. When I spend time with God first, I communicate much better with my family and am much more capable of handling things that come my way.

1 comment:

  1. How weird is this? Your mother spoke at my women's ministry group at Faith Chapel about . . . 1984. This blog sounds like your mother speaking to the young mother's in our group of women! This makes me smile with fond memories of her.