- I got ready first thing in the morning. Instead of slowly eating breakfast with Nicholas and waiting until 10am (ok, 11am) to get dressed and ready for the day, I was up and at 'em first thing in the morning. It was so energizing to just get up, eat breakfast, and be ready for whatever the day brought.
- I was more intentional with my time. I had to be! When I was home, I was spending time with Nicholas, cleaning, cooking, hanging with Brian, writing, etc. I felt like my "work time", whether it was at the office or as a mom, felt meaningful - so my rest time felt meaningful too. (Thanks Jessi and the teaching from her Influence Network class for that idea!)
- I was focused on something other than me. This week opened my eyes to the fact that I think about myself a LOT. My plans for the family. My blog. My time to get dressed. My alone time during Nicholas' naps. When I think about myself so much, I don't give much thought to how I can serve others. (And thinking constantly about yourself is quite exhausting.) The scripture is true - it is SO much more of a blessing to give than to receive. The Lord also reminded me of some specific passions I have, in terms of serving others, and I'm so grateful for those reminders.
It's going to take the Lord, and some major intentionality, but I really desire to implement some of the things I learned from this week into my everyday, stay-at-home-mom life. I'm going to give myself lots of grace because I'm never going to be the perfect mom, wife, friend or follower of Christ. But I hope that when next Monday morning rolls around, I'll remember the joy and fulfillment that intentionality and others-focused-time can bring. I pray that I can continue to grow in loving others, using my time more meaningfully, and in the end, looking a little more like Jesus.
I obviously need to grow in a few areas - I'd love to hear some of your experience and advice! How do you find time to serve others in the midst of a busy life? Even in small ways. And what types of structure/intentionality has enabled you to do the things you need to do and the things you love to do?)
(Also - MAJOR props to the working mamas. You ladies deserve a million gold stars. I worked half days for a week, and was blown away by the amount of planning and intentionality it takes. You rock.)
Linking up with Ashley & Casey today