When I sat down to have my quiet time this morning, I looked at my Bible study book and just couldn’t pick it up. So after a little prayer, I began getting the kiddos working on their lessons for the day. I really felt God wanting me to stop and refocus. Not exactly what I wanted to do this morning.
Here’s a little insight…
Ok, so we’re working to get settled in. Unpacking is just as much fun as the packing was. I’m honestly, OVER seeing boxes everywhere. But, unpacking and living in a place at the same time makes it slow-going. That’s ok. It really is. But, here’s what happened over the past few days. The hubby has started officially at the church. He’s keeping regular office hours (and not just across the parking lot), so he’s not around during schooling hours if I need a little assistance. (That’s really ok, too.) I, however, during this transition have not been as diligent in keeping the Enemy out of my thought life. That’s a very dangerous thing! Little unpacking has been accomplished this week. All of my time has been spent schooling & cleaning. (I mean, you have to clean if you are going to live in a place…even if it isn’t unpacked.) Insert LOTS of frustration over not being able to find items needed for cleaning. More frustration over being interrupted by children needing assistance while I was looking for missing items needed for the cleaning task I was involved in. Dishes. Laundry. Creating a home atmosphere. Sweeping. Vacuuming. Dishes. Laundry. Trip over a box. (Did I break my toe?) Try to develop a cleaning/shopping routine. Realize it doesn’t work. Try again. Redirect kiddos back to school. Etc. Etc. & repeat.
During all of this, the Enemy is whispering: “You are going to have to do this all by yourself.” “Look at them all, playing around & not helping at all.” “You’re never going to get anything accomplished.” See where he was taking me? UGH!!
Insert God saying “STOP!” “My daughter, I need you to refocus!”
Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom and loving instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle. Her sons rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her: “Many women are capable but you surpass them all!” Proverbs 31:25-29 (HCSB)
He directed me to read and meditate on Proverbs 31, again. I love my Abba for times like this! Sure, I may get overwhelmed at times, but I don’t have to listen to the Enemy’s lies. As long as I recognize them, I can rebuke them. God created me for the purpose of “watching over” my household. That doesn’t mean I have to do it all myself, but I do have to delegate responsibilities & ask for assistance when needed.
Why do we, as women, make things SO much more difficult than they need to be? ;)
May I encourage you, sister, if you are feeling overwhelmed or discouraged with simply everyday life, take some time to stop and refocus. Pray. Listen to God. Obey Him. Maybe read through Proverbs 31. (And please don’t feel that you EVER have to live up to her example.) Be inspired by her! Be encouraged by her! God created you for a beautiful purpose!