The other day I was just pondering my children. I was thinking about how fast the years are going by. While I have a lot of years ahead of me with my children, have I taken care with the years that are behind me? It some ways yes, but in many ways, no.
I wake up each morning, living each day as it comes. I go about our routines of meals and chores and lessons and sleep. I get up the next day and do it all again, and I realize, I am missing it. In living the robotic life I forget to play and enjoy the lives of these children---I don't invest as much in them as I should because I mistakenly think they will always be there. The long days cloud my mind and I wrongly think I have plenty of time.
When I stop, and I let the house run fast without me, and I, sit there in the viewing of my children, them playing, and smiling, and running, and beckoning me to join them and read them stories, and piece together puzzles, play games. But instead? I jump in with the house running fast because I have to keep up -- I have to keep going because, I reason, I don't have time to live. I have to keep up with those living.
I have been challenged by a few much more wise then me to slow down, live intentionally, and have a plan for my life. I don't want to look back and say, "Man! I wish I would've listened to those people." I'd much rather look back and say, "Wow! I'm so glad I listened to those wise people!"
Even with my blog I don't really have a "plan of action", other than the Homemaker's Challenge each week. (And in case you haven't heard, this week's challenge is along this same line. "Homemakers with a Purpose".)
Everything I do must have a purpose. Even my blogging. What purpose does it serve? My time online must be intentional for it to be fruitful and not rob me of other precious moments.
Joyful mothering requires some action. It requires living by design, not default. It begs the question, "What would God have me do today?" Obviously, He would have me care for my family and home. But the bigger question is, am I meeting the needs of nurture and spiritual growth? That is where peace and joy are found.
I've noticed I keep turning full circle back to the same conclusion. I must live with purpose; not wait to see what the day holds for me, but rather tell my days what they are going to do. Because life truly is a vapor, and God has given us a great gift. Are we using it for His glory? Am I using it for His glory?
Let us begin. I will first complete this weeks homemaker's challenge.
Are you living intentionally--with purpose? Journey with me so we can learn together.