You’ve had those days. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones that start out wrong and get worse.
The ones where you’re crabby for no reason and your answers are short and filled with impatience and there’s no good reason you’re just…
Over the chaos.
Over the noise.
Over the laundry, the cooking, the endless carpooling and grocery shopping.
Over the day-in and day-out sameness.
Over it because the days stretch long and seem endless and your big dreams take a back seat to everyone else’s little needs.
How on earth do you find the joy, the divine in the midst of the drudgery, the gratitude in the daily grind? I’ve got five suggestions.
- There’s only one thing I’ve found to work and it’s this: cultivating a heart of thankfulness. Tis’ the season for Thanksgiving and this year let it be more than a season. Let it be a lifestyle. Let it become a habit as unconscious as breathing. Find at least three things each day you’re truly grateful for and thank God for putting them in your life.
- Know this, your life and challenges are not the same as mine. Not the same as your sister’s or best friend’s. Don’t compare! It’s a huge trap and will suck the life and every bit of motivation clean out of you. Plus, you don’t really know what they might be dealing with.
- Take five minutes to close your eyes and pray, even if it’s in the carpool line or while sorting a thousand socks. Re-direct your thoughts and focus back on the Lord. He knows you’re stressed. He even hears your impatient words and guess what? He loves you anyway!
- As you wipe noses, pick up toys, make breakfast and sign permission slips, do it as if you were doing it for Jesus. He’s the one we want to imitate. He’s the one we want to cultivate in our children and the best way to do it is to model Him in the small, non-essential moments of life. As you honor each moment, each task as sacred, you honor Him.
- Give yourself a break! You’re not perfect and it really is OK. Know He’s right there with you mama, and His arms are wrapped oh-so-tightly around you!
The season you’re in will change because the children will grow up. But this season, the one you’re looking at smack in the face, these are the years where you’re forming their foundation. You’re building something they will spend their entire lives building upon.
Did you know He loves to just sit in your messy kitchen and hang out with you? He does! Talk to Him as you fold the mountain of laundry. Share every inch of your life with Him. Did you know He is totally captivated by you, interested in the smallest details? I mean, who else in your life knows exactly how many hairs are on your head? No one else cares enough to count them but He does. Because He cares for you. And you know what else?