I ran into the grocery story with one thing in mind. Bread.
All I needed was one pack of hamburger buns to complete a last minute dinner idea. Instead of buying the generic ones in the bread isle, I decided to splurge and get the freshly baked rolls from the bakery section.
After a quick check-out in the self service line, I walked back to my car with those warm sesame seed buns in hand. I barely made it out of the parking lot before tearing off a piece and slipping it into my mouth. If only I had a stick of butter ….
Bread is one of my weaknesses. I absolutely love it! But, I have to be careful because eating too much bread is not a good thing for me. It has an interesting way of making my pants too tight. 🙂
Speaking of bread … check out this interesting verse found in Proverbs 31:
“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed …” Proverbs 31:27-28b (NIV)
Have you ever tasted the bread of idleness?
As moms, I think most of us have from time to time, but only in tiny portions. We spend most of our days rushing from one task to another – feeling the pressure to get it all done in record breaking time.
Instead of idleness, we run ourselves ragged. But neither choice is healthy – not for us or our families.
Today, I have a devotion featured on the Proverbs 31 Ministries website about a woman who rarely ate from the bread of idleness. How do I know this? Because I lived with her.
She’s not the Proverbs 31 woman in the verse above. She’s my mother and was an extraordinary woman of faith. I adored her in so many ways! She was a mom-on-the-go, but never too busy to lose sight of what was happening in our home.
Mom taught me important things about being a great wife and momma. Every day she lived out examples of motherhood at it’s finest. However, Mom didn’t tell me how hard it would be at times.
When my boys were little the demands of raising a family and working full-time was overwhelming. I certainly didn’t see myself as a great mom or wife. I felt more like a exhausted mom and an insufficient wife.
Often I would ask how she had the energy to raise four children, since I was barely surviving with two. Her answer was always the same. She’d remind me of a Bible verse or promise in God’s Word and tell me that the joy of the Lord was her strength.
Spending time with God each day in Scripture was mom’s way of receiving the strength she needed to embrace motherhood – day in and day out – and experience joy in the midst of all those demands.
It was the best advice she ever gave me.
Every morning, I do the same thing and never walk away regretting my time with God. He always gives me nuggets of truth that prepare my heart for the busy day ahead. His Word comforts and encourages me. He teaching me how to live out motherhood … one day at a time. It may not be perfect, but it’s good. Very good and I’m grateful for it.
Check out the nugget God gave me this morning from Colossians 3:12 (NLT):
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
My strength for today comes from knowing God chose me, loves me and clothes me with His own attributes that reflect His goodness to those around me.
Do you have little ones at home all day? A child with special needs? Tweens or teenagers who think they know everything, but don’t want to be responsible for anything? Adult children who heavily rely on you? Grandchildren that you’re raising?
Where do you find strength? How do you hold onto joy in the midst of all those parenting demands? What nuggets of truth are you believing today?
Are you investing in yourself first, so that you have the energy to encourage, love and dedicate time to others without feeling constantly drained?
Instead of living on empty, spend time with God each day so He can strengthen and fill you up again.