Monday, August 27, 2012

Mom on a Mission

Every night we say prayers at bedtime with the girls.  Sometimes we pray, sometimes they pray.  Sometimes we pray as a family, sometimes we divide up and pray.  One thing we are trying to teach our girls is that prayer is nothing but a conversation with your Heavenly Father.  You can talk to him like you talk to us or to your best friend.  No stilted or special language needed.  Just talk.  And goodness knows, they can do that.

Last night when Parker was praying with me, she went through our family's day for the next day (meaning, today.)  "Be with me and Maggie while we are at school, be with Daddy while he's a work and be with Mommy while she...while she...while she does whatever she does."  Huh.  Does she really not know what I do all day?  I think I made a Facebook status about this a while back with some smart remark about not doing "whatever I do" all day and let's just see what happens.  She has prayed that before and it made me giggle, so I guess that's her idea of my day.  I do something, but she really isn't sure what.

So, this morning while she and I were having a few quiet moments before she got on the bus, I told her what I would be doing today.  Here's a sampling of my list...

*Making lunches
*Making breakfasts
*Cleaning up the kitchen
*Teaching a class
*Going to the store
*Planning dinner and getting it started
*All other duties as assigned...and then it starts again.

Then after I thought about it, the Holy Spirit reminded me what I had read on my Jesus Calling App on my phone with blurry vision at 6:15 this morning.  "Spend time with me for the pure pleasure of being in My company.  I can brighten up the dullest of gray days; I can add sparkle to the routines of daily life.  You have to repeat so many tasks day after day. (sound familiar?)...The best remedy is to refocus your mind and heart on Me, your constant Companion.  

I went into the bathroom while Parker was brushing her teeth and said, "Hey, I thought of something else I'll be doing today.  Spending some time with God reading the Bible and praying."  She smiled.  All of a sudden, my monotonous day doing "whatever it is I do" became much more significant.  I get to spend a part of it having a conversation with my Heavenly Father, who also happens to be the Creator of the Universe and all things in it.  I can talk to Him about my struggles, my joys, my pains and tell Him how grateful I am for all the things He has done for me.  Giving me Eternal Life, for one.

So, what are you doing today?


Anonymous said...

Amen Sister! We get so caught up in everything we do ~ I don't even thing our husbands know what we do!

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