Encouragement for a Mother’s Heart… Wisdom

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
    How unsearchable his judgments,
    and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
    Or who has been his counselor?”

Romans 11:33-34

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Wisdom! As mothers (and maybe even more so for homeschooling mothers) we are expected to be all wise and know just what do in every situation.  We should know how to heal every hurt whether it be of skinned knee variety or the broken hearted sort.  We should know how to cure every illness. and mend every lost button.  We should know just where our children left that precious toy of theirs and where they might find those missing pants they need… RIGHT NOW!  We should know how to encourage our children to chase their dreams and how to pick them up when fail. We should know just what to do to teach our children to be wise and discerning. The list of places a mother should hold vast wisdom is endless… and maybe exhausting and overwhelming.  No one person can know so much.

 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

But there is one who does that would our all knowing, all seeing, all hearing God in heaven.  This week you and I are bound to be presented with a million challenges.   When you find yourself uncertain trust God.  Pray and ask and He will give you discernment.

Encouragement for a Mother’s Heart… TIME MANAGEMENT! Ephesians 5:15-17

I struggle with Time Management!  Yep! There it is.  For all of you Moms who have looked at me and said… how does she doe it all… I don’t!  I don’t do as much as I could in any given day.  It just doesn’t happen.  There are too many time sucks in life and I am finding many of them sucking the life out of me!

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I just got a huge wakeup call! Last week Marcy from Ben & Me shared something I hadn’t seen before.  It is called Rescue Time.  You can run it on your computer, you smartphone, and your tablets.  It’ll measure how long you spend on any given activity.  Last week… I spent SIX STINKING OURS playing a single game on my tablet.  WHAT?  Now to be fair to myself I did spend one whole day in bed sick.  And I did play some then.  But still!

At the same time, I’ve been reading a new book called Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms by Mary Jo Tate.  There is so much info about Time Management in those pages. I’m inspired.  Does anyone else think God might be trying to get my attention?  I think he is telling me there are better ways to spend my time.  I think I had better stand up and take notice don’t you?

This morning I started a new time long.  Every 30 minutes I’m jotting down what I’ve done over the last half hour.  I’m looking forward to, and dreading, adding that all up at the end of the week.  I’ll share with you the results at the end of the week.  I’m praying I can keep it up!

I’m going to post this verse around my house this week… I hope it keeps me on track!  Maybe it can help you too!

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17

So moms… you have to know!  If you struggle with getting it all done… you aren’t alone!  If you struggle with making the most of your days… you aren’t alone!  If you struggle with the distractions of this world… you aren’t alone!  Be encouraged.  With the help of the Holy Spirit we can have better days and better weeks!  Let’s work on this together!

If you have any great tools or tips in this area… please share! I’m desperate!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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To the best mom in the world… MINE! And all the moms out there! This day is for you!

Thank you Mom!  Life doesn’t come with a manual but it does come with a mother!

Monday Morning Encouragement…Patience!

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Mom’s tell me you struggle with patience as much as I do!?!?  Can I share with you my biggest area of struggle in this department right now?  Every day I create a massive agenda of things to do, get done, go to, attend to, blog about, cook, clean… you name it.  I go over my plans the night before and again the morning of.  I PRAY over my plans and I ask God for guidance!  I ask God to tell me what to take out and what to put in.  I truly believe in my heart that I am following His will for our days.

Then the inevitable happens…..

The printer jams and I spend 20 minutes fixing it.  The DVD I thought would be perfect for this lesson won’ start up and I spend 15 minutes trouble shooting.  That book that I swear I left sitting right on my desk has gone missing.  An activity runs over, traffic holds us up!  Or worse yet… my children dilly dally!  ARGH!  I loose my cool.  I snap, I bark, I start getting pushy with my kids and my children.  Everyone needs to start moving faster and get it all done NOW because I have too much time to make up for.

Then no one is happy. I fall into bed and reflect on EVERYTHING the did NOT get done (while ignoring the mountains that really did) and feeling like crud for being a crabby Mommy all day! Where did I go wrong?  I prayed over our plans!  I truly believe I’m following God’s will! How could it all turn out so… yucky!

Then the other day my Bible fell open to this Proverb.

Anyone who is patient has great understanding. But anyone who gets angry quickly shows how foolish he is. – Proverbs 14:29

OUUUCHHHCHCH!  That was like a smack in the face!  I prayed, God what are you trying to do to me?  You want to know what he is trying to do?  He is trying to use the rough stones in my life to polish me up!  He trying to teach me to be patient like Christ.  He has planned every one of my days and the rough ones are just a tool for Him to make me into who He wants me to be.

That verse I shared above? It wasn’t the last.  The Bible is full of verses on patience and God decided He’d point them out to me.  Ok God! I hear you!  Thank you for opening my eyes to what you are trying to do in my life!

Amen.

Monday Morning Mothering Encouragement…We Are His Workmanship!

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Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Am I the only one overwhelmed by the realization that God made me?  GOD MAD ME!  On PURPOSE.  Just the way I am.  God prepared for me long before I came to this world.  God created the good works for me.  He created my life plan.  He laid a path for me in His perfect way.  My life didn’t come to be by chance.  God can orchestrate everything to work according to His will.  My life is his will.

Your life is His will.  What does this mean?  This means that you are good enough!  You are equipped.  You are able!  With God’s help you can accomplish anything according to His will.  He loves you and me.  He created us in all of His perfection.  As we set forth on another week remember that.  Remember that God has you right where He wants you.  He created you.  You can do this!

 

Monday Morning Mothering Encouragement…Worldly Success!

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Will there ever be a greater blessing in this world than they days when my children have grown and gone off to live lives that are faithful to Christ and their calling?  I can admit that one of my biggest fears is that this somehow won’t come true!  That I will spend all of these years homeschooling, pouring myself into my children, faithfully pointing them to Christ… only to have them walk away from our faith.

Yet, the crazy thing is that at the same time there is this never ending pull to raise children that are significant to the world!  I’m just as guilty of any other of wanting my children to find success as the world defines it (not that I really know exactly how the world DOES define success… it seems to be a moving target).  It is SO tempting to define my worth as a mother based on my children’s achievements.

Sometimes I try to tell myself this can be balanced!  We can be faithful to Christ why still succeeding in academics, or sports, or whatever.  Deep down inside I know I am kidding myself.  As Proverbs 22:6 reminds me…

13“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Truly I know that there are no guarantees.  My role is to remain faithful to my calling.  The rest is in God’s hands.  So whether my children end up with lives that are successful in the world’s eyes or not.  I will rest my identity in Christ and not in worldly validation.