It’s no secret that I am writing most of these posts from a Christian perspective. Although this blog is for any working mother, I have been called to do more than just write about work. My relationship with Christ permeates every thing I do so a lot of our discussions will be centered on being Christ-like.
I am going to post a short-series on being Christ-centered mothers with the help of a recent sermon I heard. The first theme of the sermon is that Christ-centered mothers make God their first priority…not their second priority…not a priority…not what is left over of their priorities…FIRST. If God is not your first priority, this will affect every other priority and relationship that you have. You have to find time to spend with God, and I truly believe that, at least for me, this time needs to be alone. Yep! That just added a whole new difficulty. I’m not talking about in the car driving to work, or sitting in the parking deck to say a 20 sec prayer, or reading a 60 sec devotional. I am talking about making it a priority. All of those things are great, but if that is how you show priority to your first love, what is that saying to your other priorities? If God is truly your priority, you have to show it, mean it, walk it, live it.
Yes, I struggle with this. I do good, I do bad, I do ok, back to good. It is so extremely hard to get up early, before every other person in the house, after I stayed up late the night before, even before coffee is even ready, but I have found that really is the best and only time I am successful in spending time with God. Sometimes I have nothing left to give after the kids are in bed. That is really not the best time to try to show someone how important they are (God…or our husbands). During the middle of day, I am just too inconsistent. Some days I have plenty of time to sit still and be with God…most days I can’t remember if I even brought my lunch. So, early morning it is.
I truly believe there is value in your children and husband seeing you spend time with God, and yes, we are called to pray and praise God without ceasing. However, I am referring to being with God. Listening. Sitting. Being quiet. Listening. Not running through your to-do list and asking for a quick blessing, not thanking him your 3 year old slept through the thunderstorm, not praying for divine intervention for tonight’s supper plans. Show Him He is your first love and your priority, and I promise you will be blessed. You will be a better wife and a better mother.
Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. (NIV)