For Just a Time as This

Okay, so I know that it has been a while since my last post, but I had a really good excuse!  I had a huge assignment from my editor; and as I tried to keep up with my regular routine and work on this exciting assignment, I realized that something had to be put aside for a time.  Since God is always, always my first priority, and my family comes next, it was obvious that my blog would have to suffer!  So, thank you, my dear readers, for being patient with me as I set this project aside for awhile, so I wouldn’t go completely crazy!

What are you feeling overwhelmed by today?  Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all you do as a mom?  Do you ever wonder if the laundry will stop piling up, the dust bunnies will stop gathering in the corner, or the dishes will get done all by themselves?  I know some days, it definitely feels like the only word that comes out of my mouth is “No!”  It seems as though our jobs as moms never ends, doesn’t it?  In fact, as I type this, every single other person in my house is sound asleep in their beds!  (And I am often the first to arise in the morning as well!)

Some of us are stay-at-home moms who feel overwhelmed by the amount of dirty diapers we change in a day, the number of boo-boos we have to kiss as we wipe away tears, and the counting of minutes when we will get to talk to another adult again.  Some of us are working moms, tired after a long day at the office only to come home to needy children, dirty dishes, and piles of laundry.  No matter what we are doing, it’s exhausting to be a mom!

But when I am feeling especially overwhelmed, I just stop and take a look around my daughter’s room.  I can still remember painting that room with the Winnie-the-Pooh theme and sitting in the rocking chair every night as I prayed for a child.  I can still feel the tears on my cheeks as month after month went by without a child to sleep in the safety of those walls.  And I can remember bringing Hannah home for the first time and just wanting to sit in that rocking chair with her all night long because my arms were finally filled.  Ephraim was an extra blessing!

Who cares if the laundry piles up or the dishes stack up in the sink?  Who cares if dust collects on the book shelf or the beds are unmade?  Who cares if a blog gets written if the children are being neglected?  Take this time to spend with your kids.  Remember how you felt when you were planning to bring them home.  Hug them.  Kiss them.  Praise them!  Delight in them!  God has put you here for a reason!

“And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14b).

You are queen of your household, and God has called you to this position as just this time to not just rule over these people but to serve them as well.  Thank God for these moments in your life for they will evaporate before you know it!

“Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:14).



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