“The days are long but the years are short.”
This is the truth.
Yesterday was one of the long days.
Who am I kidding, it has been a long week. One of those weeks that just keeps taking from you and not giving you any time to pause, breathe, and refresh so you can keep going. At least not in your usual ways.
My usual “pause-and-refresh” is during naptime. I fill up my mug with coffee or hot tea, turn on some music and dig into a craft, a project, or my bible if I didn’t get to read and study that morning. The littles usually cooperate and nap during the same time so it gives me an hout or so to do what I would like to.
This week, I have not been able to find my refresh moment, until this morning while I was making breakfast.
Still feeling tired, raw, and spent I was trying to get a grip on my day. My time in God’s word this morning was being drowned out by tears and whining. For some reason the truth in the words of my Father couldn’t permeate my heart and wash my tired soul of negativity.
Until making waffles turned into worship.
Worship (VERB): the act of showing extreme adoration and/or reverence for God.
Music is powerful; at least for me. I not only hear it, but feel it too. It has helped me find comfort and peace. It has helped energize me and make me feel good. And I am thankful for worship music at church. It helps me to quiet my head and prepare my heart for the message that day.
Music reached me this morning, too. I turn the radio on in the kitchen and dial it to my favorite Christian radio station. As the songs play and I start to sing and sway, I can feel a shift; a shift in my attitude, a shift in my posture, and a shift in my heart.
As I sing along while making waffles for my sweet family, I lift up my thanks to God. Thankful for a new day, a fresh start, the sweet faces that need me and love me. Thankful for the kiss on my cheek from a husband who loves me (Even when he comes home to me wearing full-on raccoon eyes because everyone else was crying, why not me). Thankful for the food I am able to cook for my family in the home that keeps us sheltered. Thankful for the pile of dirty clothes at the foot of the stairs that need to be sorted and washed. Thankful for the yard that needs mowed. Thankful for everything and everyone that He has blessed me with.
My eyes are closed, my voice sings and my arms are raised. A sweet moment of worship that resets my mood just in time for my 6 year old to sneak in and stick his finger in my armpit.
My days are filled with serving. Serving little humans who thank me with sweet kisses and hugs, a husband who works hard for his family, and other moms who are walking this same journey with me.
I was reading in Colossians 3 and it talks about holy living. In the first part of this chapter it talks about removing what belongs to your earthly nature, to literally put it to death so you don’t pick it back up again. Whatever entices your earthly self and keeps you stuck in a pattern of wanting and chasing after unimportant things or bad behaviors and habits. To instead set your heart and mind on things above, on heaven and the riches promised in eternity. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you will also appear with Him in glory (Col. 3:4) We are a new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Christ is all, and is in all (Col. 3:10, 11b).
Now, read this…
Colossians 3:12-17: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you we called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
This passage was the perfect encouragement for me today and I hope you find some in it as well. This season of motherhood is a big teaching period. I know that God is refining me and helping me to see less of me and more of Him. May my eyes be open and my heart obedient.
Go in peace my friend and may God bless you, your family, and your home.