I write this with the busy mom in mind – the one who is handling, juggling, and maintaining a whole lot of stuff. No matter who you are – single, married, separated, or whatever – feel free to keep reading.
Yesterday. It was long. It was hard. It brought up some old and not so good memories. My work requires me to show up in a way that is “pulled together.” It demands attention from me in ways that don’t care if I have a semi-sick child that needed to be dropped off at a relative’s house or if I have to navigate highway traffic or need to reorganize looming school assignments or balance a personal life and marriage.
It was a little over four years ago I attempted to return to work outside the home. And sometimes the trauma of needing to abruptly resign after a family crisis – just one year in – occasionally impacts me in ways I don’t care to admit publicly.
Today my focus is simply to remain present in the moment while being grateful for the doors that God allows.
Amidst it all, I was reminded of something so profound:
God really does care. He is GOOD and desires to see GOOD things come from my efforts, work, and commitments.
Life will happen. Responsibilities will be there. Decisions will need to be made. Relationships will need to be maintained. Still – God is so amazingly GOOD.
We can find #joy in the long, busy days – somehow and some way. There’s a purpose to be fulfilled through us in whatever work, training, volunteer assignment, career, or business we engage in. God hears our prayers – the ones we breathe inwardly, frequently, and sometimes silently throughout the day.
The smiles on our kids faces when we see them makes it all worth it. The conversations, laughter, love, and hugs are the reward as we realize just how blessed we are. We get to do this – not perfectly or without flaws. But we get to do this motherhood thing as an extension of our God-given identity of caring for these precious little humans.
How can we remember just how GOOD God is in times of balancing motherhood, work, and life period?
- We can talk to God about it all – anywhere and anytime. (Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:16)
- We can trust that God didn’t call us to function solo. (When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, “What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening?” – Exodus 18:14 – 15)
- We can remember that God calls us to good works. (For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10)
- We can enjoy God’s design for our family, work, and life. (So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun. – Ecclesiastes 8:15)
- We can follow God’s example of being refreshed – spiritually and practically. (It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed. – Exodus 31:17)
How is God helping you to balance it all these days?
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