Keeping perspective is one of THE hardest things for me as a mom! I can get so easily sucked into the days’ activities, frustrated by constant disobedience, or just overwhelmed by the never-ending tasks around the house!
I was reminded this last week that this is one of the reasons that I so enjoy MOPS! It is a good place to regain perspective on my life as a mom. I can be a woman with other women, learn something about what God wants for me as a mom, eat w/o sharing my plate of food with little hands and remember that ‘this too shall pass!’ I am in a crazy season right now as the mom of 2 toddlers (and I do occasionally ask, what was I thinking???) but it is only a season. The moments (and even years) pass so quickly and I have to remember that in the moments of life. MOPS is a big encouragement to me, as well as a lot of fun!
On a day to day basis the biggest thing for me to keep my perspective is a quiet cup of coffee with my Bible in the morning BEFORE the kids get up! If I miss out on this time I am usually royally grumpy for the entire day! (I’m not kidding!) It is such a good thing for me to have those 10-30 minutes of quiet each morning w/o the kids. I enjoy the warm coffee (and get the caffeine that I am all too dependant on!) and a chance to refocus my heart for the day. Elizabeth George calls this time w/God ‘the great exchange’ – trading in all of your yuckies for all of God’s greats :) I sure have a lot to trade in!
(Just a note: I had to chuckle as I read Jen’s blog from yesterday after I had already written a draft for my own entry this week. :) I totally agree that my focus needs to be on training my kids. Right now MOPS is an encouragement for me to ‘keep on keeping on’ with this.)