This post is not for you guys. Actually it’s more FOR ME than it is for you. I am looking at a growing number of women myself included falling prey to busyness and distraction. There was a time when media somehow garnered the authority to set the standard for what a successful wife and mom looked like. The standard media set was of a mom who was able to juggle multiple activities simultaneously and still have every “To-Do” checked off of her mile long to do list by the end of the day.
We later learned that demonstrative ability to achieve such feats was not successful motherhood. We soon came to realize that this depiction was pure unadulterated insanity. If we are not careful in the area of managing our time and energy well we will run the risk forsaking a life of spiritual peace and balance while trying to mimic this fictional image of motherhood at it’s best.
Motherhood at it’s best is peaceful. Peace is a gift from God that can be given and taken away. It was taken away from the lsraelites in Jeremiah 16:5
….for I have taken away my peace from this people, saith the Lord, even loving kindness and mercies.
David knew what it meant to be without the perfect peace of God. He cried out to God in Psalm 83:1 saying,
….keep not thy silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
When we don’t have the peace of God it’s as if our spirit is not at rest. It searching in an attempt to get back into a right standing with God.
Busyness is satan’s way of drawing us away from God.
If satan can keep us from reading gods word….
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
and studying Gods word…
II Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
then he has succeeded in disarming us.
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
How about when a weeks worth of busyness consistently has us so worn out that by Saturday night we’ve already mentally decided not to even attempt to go to church on Sunday? With each passing Sunday satan is drawing us away from your allies. Fellowship with other believers is a necessary component to our walk of faith. When we are able to worship and prayer with other women of God we have an opportunity to encourage one another and share motherly wisdom for managing time among other things.
Hebrews 10: 24-25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Our addiction to busyness may range from putting our family obligations before the things of God to putting our personal agendas before God. Whatever the cause we must all examine our actions and motives to determine whether it could be the very source of our lack of peace.
So how do we posses and maintain the peace of the Lord?
1- We should focus on beginning our days, months and years by asking God for His perfect will to be done in our lives. This means acknowledging that we need HIS guidance for every decision we make.
2-We should regularly ask God to give us direction and discernment to help us see clearly what He wants us to give our time and attention to.
3- We should regularly look to our husbands to help us plan our schedules. God intended for the relationship we share with our husbands to be the most intimate of all human relationships. This means that our husbands should have a good idea of our strengths and weaknesses. With this information husbands should be able to provide some helpful insight in scheduling and managing our time.
Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto god and the peace of god which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”