Did you have your breakfast this morning? Send your kids off to school, watching them board their buses safely? Text your college son or daughter? You probably made sure that your husband had clean clothing to wear to work today,and if you work outside the home, for yourself as well.
You packed everyone's lunches, being sure that there was something to eat for everyone. Your growing son needs a good hearty sandwich and lots of extras to keep him going until he gets home from school; your teen daughter has her lunch down to a religion: one Greek yogurt, one fiber one bar, & an apple. Your college student has a meal plan and a dorm fridge for snacks.
You prepared for this week and for their needs. You made a decision, on purpose, to provide for them the sustenance that they would need to get them through their week.
But what about you? When you finally had a minute of quiet to yourself, did you take your cup of coffee and call a friend? Were you distracted with thoughts of turning on the morning news to see what was going on in the world? Did you check your Facebook, your emails, text someone?
WHO are you putting first?
Who are choosing to prepare your day for you? Some newscasters? A group of talk show hosts? Will your iPhone give you the peace and love you need to live your day on purpose?
With intention? With provision? Who's watching over you mom? Who is preparing you to go out today in love? To clean your home with a smile of thankfulness on your heart? Who is going to put a big smile on your face and skip in your step, REGARDLESS of what earthly disappointments your are going through now.
God is there, waiting for you. You are his princess, his daughter, his pride and joy rests in you. He is holding his arms open, for you.
As the Nike ad says: YOU CAN DO IT! Come on, go ahead and dust your bible off, it's there somewhere, maybe hidden under a pile of mail and keys and who knows what on your desk? And that devotional you couldn't live without, that slowly, over the past few days, or weeks, or months, or maybe you never even had one? Get them. Your bible and a daily devotional are your map to a happy life, through God. Just a few minutes in the morning, BEFORE you let the world creep in. Prepare yourself with your spiritual eyes.
You REALLY can do it.It's easy, it's quick. It will change your view of your life and, your life.
Download the Our Daily Bread app in your iPhone; Google it on your laptop; Get a real, hard copy from your church. It takes a minute. Okay, maybe 5 minutes, and maybe you will spend an even longer amount of God - time, as you grow in His Word. I know, the christian lingo, but it defines what you are doing. Growing. With God, holding your heart and your life in your hands, wanting what is best for you. Always.
And before you know it, you will panic when you can't find your bible in its usual place in the morning, or your devotional (other recommendations for devotionals. Max Luccado, Joyce Meyer, Charles Stanley, Beth Moore - all wonderful christian writers) . You won't be able to start your day without it, just like you would never dream of starting your families day without filling their lunch boxes and clothing them to keep them warm.
Your family couldn't do it alone,prepare for their day, without you, and so then, why would you carry the weight of all of the demands of motherhood and marriage and carry all of those responsibilities without leaning on God?
The news won't do it, Facebook may give you a chuckle, but it won't satisfy your hunger; God will. I promise.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
Heavenly Father, Thank you for your love and your never-ending grace when I get lazy and sloppy and too harried or distracted or selfish to thank you and read your word every morning. I love you Lord, with all my heart and I thank you for this day. Thank you for forgiveness and for being there as my strength today and every single day. Your amazing love and faithfulness baffles me. I can't raise my family in Joy without you, I can't fathom this job as wife and mother and how you ever thought I would be capable of such a heady role, but through you, I am learning, I can do all things. For that, this morning, I can only say thank you, two little words that are incomprehensibly inadequate for all you have given and provided me with you. Amen