Monday, January 25, 2016

The 30-Second Prayer that Changes My Day

I Thessalonians 5:16-18   Rejoice always and delight in your faith; 17 be unceasing and persistent in prayer; 18 in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus

I'm not a morning person. Never have been, and doubtfully will ever be. Augment each morning with the fact that I've not slept more than 3 hours in succession for months, and mornings are interesting. But if I've learned anything at all in the last few years, I've learned this:

Being a Mother is a customer service position. It's not the customer's fault you had a bad night - even if they caused it. They expect good service. And, honestly, it's their right as your consumer, to experience the very best you have to offer them.
Problem is much of the time, I don't feel like I have anything to offer.

So, as I lay there groaning at the monitor showing that a little person needs me, before my feet hit the floor and I officially start the day, I pray this:

God, I can't do any of this without you. I don't even want to try. I exchange my strength for your strength. My thoughts for your thoughts. My words for your words. Help me speak into these little hearts, let me teach them something they'll remember forever.
I take a deep breath.

I steal my husband's robe.

I take care of my babies.

Is it a perfect system? Absolutely not. Like, not even close. I was exhausted today. Hubs and I were snippy this morning. Similar to Paul's writing, "It's not like I've arrived at perfection" but it is the direction I'm heading towards.

The idea is to at least start the day with gratitude. With the mindset that remembers just exactly how blessed I am to have these beautiful blessings. The pile of dishes in the sink? From the good food that God has given us. The piles (and piles and piles) of laundry are the work clothes that my husband has that provides so well for us; the sticky clothes from the banana we're learning how to eat, or the dirt we played in at the park.

All of a sudden, I find peace. I know one day I won't find socks that would fit my finger anymore. I won't have to pick up crayons, board books, or teething toys forever.

God is so good, mommas. I'm on my second cup of coffee, and second devotion of the day.


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