This summer has me doing the balancing act. If you’re a mom, I bet you know what I mean.
Summer, for our family, usually means a little less structure in our schedule, a lot of outdoor fun, and more traveling than usual. We have loved tackling some extra projects, visiting out-of-town family, and even have fond memories of the long, hot baseball season (and thanks to the concession stand, the four year old does too!). We have built backyard forts together, roasted marshmallows over the campfire, and have shared homemade ice-cream with friends. Fun memories to be sure.
But if I’m being completely honest, all of this summer running has slowly caught up with us. The top two indicators? A very neglected home (causing much uneasiness for this usually semi-organized momma), and one exhausted four year old. I tucked my sweet girl in her bed last Sunday night (after a late-night return from our third road-trip in two weeks), and with sleepy, slurred words, she mumbled, “Can we please just stay home and play babies tomorrow?” I knew enough to recognize in her words that she had had enough. “You betcha, we’ll play babies tomorrow.”
And then the battle began, once again.
I was so looking forward to our free day at home to catch up on some much needed housework. Enter the mental struggle of needing to accomplish so much, yet children who also need me in very justifiable and individual ways. Always choices. Things calling out for my attention all at once, stretching me in all sorts of directions. And always with some sort of a cost involved in the end. How can I possibly do it all?!
Here’s a newsflash: I can’t.
How timely, then, when on Monday morning, I opened my Bible to these life-giving words:
“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
Oh, how the Lord knew I needed these verses this week! You see, here lies the balancing act. While there are tasks to be done so that I “do not eat the bread of idleness”, there are also “affairs of my household” – even those less tangible needs specific to the individuals in my very own household – that I need to be in tune with and available to minister to. God, forbid that I busy myself so much (even on “good” things!) that I miss the very “affair” I should have been watching over all along.
Sound a bit daunting to try to balance the two? I’m with you, sister.
But, be encouraged, that while humanly speaking we’ll never be able to do it all (oh, please free yourself from that crazy thought if you haven’t already!), God can give much strength and guidance as we seek His wisdom for attaining balance in our lives. Sometimes I just wish this stubborn girl wouldn’t wait so long to ask…
After some serious time in prayer and by God’s grace, Tess and I did household chores all Monday morning together with her baby dolls in tow. The babies were a bit fussy at times, so we took breaks often to pat their bottoms, swaddle them in blankets and give them their bottles. We ran out of diapers once, so in between loads of laundry, we had to make a quick trip to the “store” in the next room. I even have to admit that at one point I was scrubbing a toilet with one hand while balancing a Cabbage Patch Kid on my shoulder with the other (a skill that Tess will no doubt one day need to master with a real, live baby anyway, right?). And by the time I laid Tess down for her afternoon nap, the house was showing nice signs of improvement, and my girl reported that her babies “…had a really fun day.”
“But He gives more grace…” James 4:6
Whew. Thanks, God.
P.S. And because God knows exactly what we need… He sent two sweet neighbor girls (pictured above!) over this afternoon to play babies with my girlie while I finished up a few things around the house. The three giggled upstairs for over an hour while I
ran around like a crazy lady methodically worked. Heh. Is He awesome or what?
Challenge: Is there an area of your life that needs balanced by God? What changes, by God’s grace, can you start making today?
At His feet,
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