Monday, February 24, 2014

Joy and Division- Mommyhood Monday

Today we continue with Days 2 and 3 in "Undivided Mom" by Kayse Pratt. This week we are talking about finding joy in the little things that happen everyday and how "distraction leads to division".

I love Day 2 because of the whole toilet paper story. To summarize, Kayse's daughter discovers toilet paper and they spend the afternoon making a mess with it in the bathroom. Believe me- toilet paper is one of those things that I am tired of finding all over the house. My kids use it to help make forts and parachutes (and y'all that stuff is not cheap!) I never really take the time to enjoy their creativity and delight in the toilet paper. Kayse reminds me that I should take that time. It's just toilet paper. It can be replaced and it can be cleaned up but the joy in the moment cannot be replaced. I need to stop and change my perspective. I need to look at life through the wonder and joy like my children do. I need to stop putting a halt to some of their mess making and creativity just because I don't want to have to clean up another mess. They are kids and their is a lot that I can learn from them.

Day 3 brings up a big challenge in my life. The juggling of spending time in God's word, completing a really long daily to-do list, playing with my kids, and all the other distractions that I have going on right now. In Luke 11:17 it is said,

"But He, knowing their thoughts said to them, 'Every kingdom divided against itself is laid to waste, and a divided household falls."

Think about that for just a minute. If we are dividing ourselves from God's word and from Jesus- we are going to fail. We need Jesus! We need to be dependent on him. We need to make him first. We need to teach this to our children. My children need to see me leaning on God, digging into his word, and putting him first.
"When we're walking with Jesus, though, beginning our days with Him and leaning on His strength for everything that comes our way, we can live Undivided lives." ~Kayse Pratt, "Undivided Mom"

I know that we teach our children that we can do all things through Christ and that we need to trust and rely on him but am I really just saying that to them or am I also showing them that I live that and teaching by example?

How do you teach your children: by words, by example, or by both?

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