We are being distracted. Distracted with errands, crazy kids, running from one place to the next, sick kids, sports, school…and the list goes on. It’s never ending. As I write this I am putting off dinner with circling hungry kids moaning “whaaaat’s for dinner?” There’s never enough time in the day. In fact, my husband’s response to this post was, “how did you have time to write that?!” Trust me, I get it. The truth is I haven’t had time to write in a very long time. But today the words just came and somehow this space is still here, waiting for me like an old friend I haven’t seen in years. These words have been mulling around in my head for weeks and just like when you see an old friend, you sit down over a cup of coffee and pick up exactly where you left off.
As Moms, we underestimate how much we set the tone of our house for our kids and our husband. If we’re cranky – everyone knows it. We spend so much time focusing on making our physical appearance better with little focus on strengthening our inner “spiritual core” as Priscilla Shirer puts it. If your physical core isn’t strong, we easily feel sore and exhausted. If our spiritual core is weak, I have found it is so easy to succumb to negativity along with feeling overwhelmed and defeated.
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” – Col. 3:2-3
Dear Moms, I pray that you will guard your hearts by choosing JOY today and refocus your mind on things above. Not on the things of this earth because let’s face it – it’s a mess. Do not feel defeated or overwhelmed. Now is the time to refocus and remember this assurance made to us:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” -John 14:27
My prayer for you, dear friend, is for us all to take a spiritual “time out” from all the distractions of this world and be reassured that God truly has it covered. If our spiritual core is weak, we cannot walk firmly in our faith.
Ideas for a “Spiritual Time Out”:
- Get your bible out. Even if it’s in the car pool line! Even if it’s just for 5 minutes. There’s something about physically holding THE Truth that can breathe reassurance and rest into your day.
- Intentional prayer. Sit in a quiet moment of the day (does this happen with kids?! Some days, no. Others may include locking yourself in the bathroom. Been there, done that.) and pray for discernment so that as Moms, we can make intentional choices for ourselves and our family.
- Unplug from facebook/social media/news for a day. You’ll be amazed how much the negativity pulls at you and you don’t even realize it!
- Surround yourself with people/friends who will uplift you and encourage you. Sometimes you just have to say “NO” to things that will drain your positive energy. This goes for people/tasks/events (all of the above). Remember, you are taking time to refocus. Resist the temptation to get sucked in!
- Find your outlet. It is music? A book? A bath? A run? With young kids this seems impossible most days. Do what works for you.