Lately, God has placed it on my heart about being intentional about getting my time in with him. Additionally, I had been feeling the nudge to just take advantage of the small things I can accomplish in terms of moments with my daughter and grow to the larger ones. A few weeks ago I felt really heavy about not getting up before she leaves a lot of times. My husband normally gets up and walks her to the bus stop and I’m either still in bed or in the shower.
She leaves out at 7, and I really wanted to fix her breakfast but I kept thinking, Lord, how will I have time and still make it to work on time without having to get up at 5AM?
As I had mentioned last week, my friend had her movie screening for her film Project 31, focusing on the Proverbs 31 woman living it out in real life today. In it, one of the biggest takeaways that I got from all of those ladies was the intentionality (is that a word? well you know what I mean if it’s not) with their time and how God gave them the time they needed to accomplish what they needed.
I have one friend who has three young children and I swear she does more in 24 hours than I accomplish all week sometimes (actually most times). I always jokingly tell her that Jesus gave her the hook up on the 26 hour day and she has to have 2 more hours in her day than the rest of us. I see her do all this and I always wonder how, and as I have paid closer attention, I realize it is because she is very intentional and she plans for EVERYTHING.
So I said, “I can do this!”
I set my alarm and said I am gonna get up when it goes off.
Morning came and I snoozed and then I snoozed again. I jumped up and got myself together and headed downstairs to the kitchen with my bible and my devotional in tow. I had bought some of those fast shake pancakes a few weeks ago when I had the bright idea about cooking breakfast. So I grabbed the blueberry one and got breakfast going. As the pancakes were cooking I sat at the island and read my devotional and scriptures for the day and reflected on them for my journal writing later.
My daughter came downstairs and she was like
“WHOA, mom you made me breakfast??”
As she sat up at the island to eat, I continued my reading. She said “Mom, your reading your bible int he morning? That’s different”.
Now that my friends was a bonus because often times I read my bible on my phone or iPad, so my family probably thinks I am scrolling the web and being “busy”, when I am actually in my word. In a moment of reflection a few weeks back I realized that although I try to live right before my daughter, I don’t let her see me praying, reading, and expressing my faith and relying on the source of my strength in God. I told myself I needed to do better with that.
All I set out to do was make her breakfast and give her some good nourishment and have a moment before she left for the day.
God threw that bonus in there for me!
and for that I am Oh so, GRATEFUL!
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