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Because we are naturally selfish, it’s not easy for me to always lean on Jesus.
And sometimes I can’t seem to slow down enough to even think about Him.
There are days that I wake up with a deep desire to live for God, but once my girls are awake my focus shifts. It’s never intentional, but it happens often. And most of the time I feel like I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Not only is my house a mess, but my head is too! I’m constantly thinking of ways I can be a better wife and mother. Or how to better manage my home and finances. Or what I’m going to make for dinner. Seriously, it’s like my thoughts are never ending distractions that pull me away from Jesus.
And I am so desperate for Him that I just can’t afford to be distracted.
But unfortunately distracting thoughts are inevitable. Thankfully though, God has graciously given me a little more wisdom in this area.
Very quickly I’d like to say that if you are, like me, struggling in this area, I would love to pray with & for you! You can reach me on Instagram @mamataywald. Please don’t be shy. Motherhood is tough, but fellowship with Jesus and others who love Him makes it easier. (I’m still learning this.)
Also I’d like to add that I am not an expert on anything, but I speak from experience in my own life. So these simple and practical ways may or may not work for you. But I pray that you at least find peace in them.
1. Fill your ears with goodness.
This is my number one go to for redirecting my thoughts to Jesus. When I can’t slow down enough to even think about Him, I put on a favorite worship album and sing to Him! Or I listen to a podcast that educates me and also glorifies Him. I can’t even begin to explain how helpful these two things have been for me. At the moment, my favorite artist is Fernando Ortega and my favorite podcast is She Proves Faithful by Lauren Hlushak.
2. Read faith based books that relate to your thoughts.
If you read my blog two months ago, I would not have advised you to pick up a book at all. But my wonderful mother-in-love brought me a book that changed my perspective, The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson. I am such a slow reader but being a half a chapter away from finishing this book, I highly recommend it. It has humbled me to know that another woman of great faith has shared in my struggles. And it has encouraged me to lean into Jesus and cast my cares on Him. It’s also led me to a love for knowledge and reading. Another book I just started this morning is Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life. I love being able to interact with a book and this book offers that. In fact, it sort of inspired this post. I’m only on day one of forty, so I can’t “highly recommend” this one yet. But I do recommend the first book and also -for the wife that is feeling overwhelmed within her marriage- I totally recommend checking out The Power of a Praying® Wife by Stormie Omartian.
3. Praise Him in everything you do and give Him glory.
This one isn’t always easy, but if you can do one and two daily then number three will become natural. This past weekend was a blessing! We had all five kids, and for the first time -in a very long time- we connected as a family! Saturday was no phone day and Sunday morning was spent praying and reading the Word together. And for most of the weekend we were together. And by the time my husband and I laid our heads on our pillows that Sunday evening, we praised God! For a minute we fooled ourselves into taking all the credit because “we’re the parents.” But reality is that God is answering our prayers to draw near as a family. He deserves all the credit! Every victory belongs to Him, no matter how small or big it may seem.
Colossians 3:2 – Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Overall mamas, when the overwhelming distractions started to cloud your mind, know that you are not alone. None of us are righteous. But we can find righteousness in Christ. I encourage you to cast all your cares on Him and redirect your thoughts on Jesus today and every day. Please feel free to reach out for me for prayer, conversation, or just to say hello! I’d love to hear from you.
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