Monday, April 1, 2013

Mothers Resting at Home




Our culture believes that if we are not being active, not always on the go, and not keeping jam-packed schedules then we are not living life to the full.   Homes have become mere hotels for just sleeping and eating. Children and parents can be like ships passing eachother in the night.

But mothers need time at home. They need time to rest and to build a strong Christian culture within their four walls. They need to have time to think, to read the Bible, to evaluate what is*really* going on their children's lives. To block out the voices in this world that pressures them to conform.

We need time to meditate on God's word. To pray over our husbands. To create a home atmosphere and to put our heart into what matters. To have heart-felt conversations and love those around us. To make time for that special project we have been yearning to do. All this is good for the soul and the home and family will be better for it too.

If we are always rushing here and there and not protecting the precious time the Lord has given us, our homes and our children can be found wanting. Busyness for the sake of "doing" can even lead to emptiness and depression if we are not careful. We can squander time instead using it well.

Mothers, please know that even if the world is swirling around before us, it cannot control the atmosphere of our homes. This is where we have control--this is where we can shift the gears and slow the pace down.

Remember these truths:

I do not have to be a slave to another's schedule or plans for my life--nor my children.

I can focus on what matters and watch over the affairs of my home.

I can find contentment in trusting in Him.

I can find joy in loving those around me.

I can build up a strong home for His glory.




For further reading you might also want to check out The Beauty of Balance.


 









Encouraged here?
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24 comments:

  1. Oh June!! Fantastic words of truth!

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    1. Bambi,

      I've been blessed by you speaking the truth too--keep up the great work!

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  2. What a good wise word today, sister in Christ! I needed to hear this again and I thank you for your honesty.
    Blessings,
    Shan
    The How to Guru

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  3. Thanks for sharing this! I so needed to hear these words. God bless you and continue to use you in mighty ways!

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  4. This is the third post I've read today (including my own) on this exact topic.

    http://teachinglittleonesathome.blogspot.com/2013/04/deeper-meaning-your-idle-moments-psalm.html

    God is spe AZ

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    1. What a cute little blog you have there--thanks!

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  5. God is speaking to His children and telling us to withdraw from the world and spend time with Him.

    (my 2 year old grabbed my phone before I finished mummy comment earlier...)

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    1. Haha--no problem! With 8 children I completely understand. :)

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  6. I truly liked it. I was searching for such information. Thanks for sharing such an helpful post.
    work at home

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  7. Good reminder and very timely.

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  8. Beautiful <3 thanks for the encouragement when all the world tells a different story. :) God Bless

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    1. God bless you too, Mrs H. and thanks for visiting!

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  9. As a mom who loves being at home I often feel the pressure that I should be keeping myself busy outside the home, so reading this post was such an encouragement. The truths you have shared are what really matter when it comes to being a mom. Thanks for sharing them. :)

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    1. I especially felt the pressure as a young mom. I thank God that the Lord brought fabulous mentors into my life who were very steadfast about protecting home and family time. I have never once regretted it.

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  10. Oh how I can relate with these words. :)

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    1. Rosann, so sweet of you to stop by, I am looking forward to reading your chapter in our new book, Overwhelmed!

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  11. I watched a ted talk on the fact that not being "in the moment" steals your ability to be happy. Since then, I have tried to remember to be present in the moment, not thinking about other things, focusing on whatever it is-be it giving Sofia a bath or sitting on the porch alone.

    I would love to hear your advice for making time to be with the Lord. As a mom of 8, I'm sure you have some great tips! Also, I was going to tell you that your site is not really responsive (viewable on mobile devices). I would love to be able to view your site & comment on my phone.

    Bless you!
    Lauren, RunHoly.com

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  12. I couldn't agree more! Why do we feel so guilty when we aren't dervishing through our days like so many?

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  13. What a refreshing reminder. :)As always, I have enjoyed my visit.

    http://heartoffamily.com/the-courage-to-let-go/

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  14. I absolutely love this post!! It is so important to soak up time with God and to make our homes a place for living not just refuelling. Thank you!!

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