Peace through our priorities

With an inhuman amount of self-control I tore away from my latest blog post to meet a need that really shouldn’t have to wait. My children. Today we saw Daddy, and then, once again, he will be gone until next week. It was bedtime, but I had told them that we might cuddle and watch a short movie. But I was on deadline. My spirit and heart pulled on me. “Really..blogging over babies?”

We had a wonderful day at Church, and then the entire family spent the day together coloring, eating, laughing talking. But now it is only the four of us again, and I can only imagine the feelings and thoughts that they are trying to process. Yet, it is so hard to break free from a project once I have begun it. Thankfully, I serve a God who speaks even through my stubborness.

I set on the bed cuddling with three babies, and watching Thomas & Friends, and  experienced the greatest sense of peace and joy of the day. We sang, and laughed, and gasped, and through the breaks Mommy was teased with stinky little feet. It was perfect.

As woman of God, our priorities should be based on the Word and heart of God.

The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding. For by me [Wisdom from God] your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased. (Proverbs 9:10-11 Amplified Version)

To me, it was important to complete what I had started. But the priority was the need of my little ones. Sure, it was their bedtime, I hadn’t technically promised, and I was looking forward to some quiet time for the evening. But the unmet need of my children for reassurance of their security and the security of our family superseded all the buts and ifs.

Hidden in my obedience, like a precious pearl tucked away in an unsightly oyster, was found a great reward – the ‘ precious peace that surpassed all understanding’.

I am continually amazed by how a walk of embracing God’s will provides for us in so many big and not-so-little ways.

Reading Goals for this week: I will continue reading the Bible in 90 Days. I had started about 2 weeks ago and have missed several days each week. The reason for most of these missed days? Neglecting to adhere to proper priorities.

In the Nursery of the Nation

What God is doing in my heart: In line with this week’s Trophy Mom post, God is speaking to my heart regarding aligning my will with His will in regards to the manner in which I complete tasks, in other words, you guessed it – prioritizing. The areas that I seem to be resisting the most are currently going to bed early enough to wake up rested and ready (and willing) to complete my devotions in the morning.

I’m thankful for: Random computer updates late in the night that suggest I restart the computer and remind me that I should be asleep. The Holy Spirit that convicts if I take out my tiredness on my beautiful, rested, energetic, joyfully noisy children. An innocent and beautiful five-year old who looks you in the eyes, and completely unprompted says “Mommy, I’m so blessed to be able to stay at home and be homeschooled with my Mommy and my brothers.” (Who couldn’t love a child like that?)

My prayer request: Please pray for my walk of self-control as I continue to attempt to walk in obedience in this area of my life. Also, please pray that I will walk in faith regarding our security and stability so as not to derail my husband during this period of amazing spirtual growth between him and the Lord.

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Strong Enough by Matthew West is one from one of my favorite albums “Story of Your Life”. This season is proving to be one of our most challenging yet as it is requiring me to walk in faith regarding many of the things closest to my heart, including, family, security and homeschooling. It ministers to me in such a special way. I pray that it would minister to you as well.

Additional thoughts: If we are following Christ, then we are all trophy Moms! Mommying can seem to be at times daunting, but it’s important to desires God’s perspective. Let’s press forward determining to remember that every day, every waking moment we have the opportunity to pour into our children, our spouses and into others. However, we can not pour what we do not possess. Our first priority is to know and love the Lord our God with our whole heart, soul, strength and mind. From that well will flow everything we need to be Trophy Moms.

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