Creating Space.

Did you know you can create space? I didn’t either but it can be done, I’ve done it.

A couple weeks ago I was able to be part of a discussion where some mature moms with kids out of their homes answered questions from younger moms struggling through these early years.

A lot of things struck me that day but one was how one mom talked about how she used her kids quiet time. My kids have quiet time everyday for about 2 hours. Sure there are days little ones have a hard time staying on their bed or keeping quiet, but overall it is consistent. I have always used that time to work. Work around the house, do something for church or punch away at some freelance work.

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But this mom, this mom said she had quiet time just like her children. She would read her Bible, pray, journal and rest. 

I heard this and it was just the push I needed to try something new. I have been feeling hurried and overwhelmed, maybe this was my solution. Could I really have time to myself and still maintain a home and schedule that didn’t look like a tornado in progress?

I am now on week three of having quiet time in the afternoons. It is beautiful. I can breathe. Every day I sit on the couch or my bed and read, let the words of the gospel and notes of encouragement just wash over me. I feel new.

And my house, my schedule, it is easier than it has ever been before. I am renewed in energy during those two hours but I am also renewed in focus.

As my children rise from their quiet time I am embracing them and loving them close, instead of sighing deeply, annoyed that rest time is over already and feeling worn out from my two hours of work around the house that creates physical exhaustion.

I also have renewed energy for my home. Those hours between 4-7p always felt so long but now, now they have gained new life! I engage my kids in afternoon pick up, they have started helping with dinner and getting their clothes and bed ready for the evening. I am able to speak to them calmly from a place of love and a heart that desires THEIR best instead of speaking with my unfinished afternoon checklist billing top priority.

I am no longer battling myself because I have sipped water from the well of Life and it has made me new.

You can create space. God desires so deeply to be with you. Recently I read this: “But to hear from God we must become women of the Word and women who pray, so that His voice may lead us as we grow into this role with grace.”  Desperate.

To breath the breath. The easy, deep breaths God intended for us, we have to make space.

Space to breath.
Space to commune.
Space to rest.
Space to read.
Space to pray.
Space to be with God.

Where will you make time today?

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Wednesday Words: Keep Your Soul Diligently (Week 20)

“Take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children—” 
~Deuteronomy 4:9

by Nina Matthews Photography

Motherhood starts at conception.  For some it is an easy personal journey and for others a longer road.  Some wait in anticipation of labor while others wait for the phone call to say they have been chosen.

Regardless of how we come to be a mom, conception is the moment it starts for us. God prepares our hearts for that moment and the many moments that come afterwards.

He urges us, like He urged the Israelites, to “keep our souls diligently”. Let us not forget that we were created by perfect hands.  Do not forget the moment of conception when God called gifted this child to your family.

Take a moment at this half way mark to remember conception. For it is at that moment that God chose YOU!

Mom Tip: It’s time for another date night!  Celebrate, with your husband or a girlfriend, making it to the halfway point in pregnancy!

To make it extra special I’d challenge you to make a list.  10 memories that have already been made during the 1st half of pregnancy and 10 hopes you have for the 2nd half of pregnancy!  HAVE FUN!

Wednesday Words: The Pregnancy Companion

Read this review this week and thought it worth passing along for all of us who are walking the road of pregnancy, remembering the blessings we have and growing in them…

by futurestreet

“Take every aspect of your life, especially the part where you desire to conceive a child, and place it before God. Then embrace what he does for you. It sounds so simple, yet it can still be challenging for some of us … We’re not meant to do it in our own strength. He is there to help us every step of the way. This is true for every aspect of pregnancy and motherhood, so understanding and applying this truth now is going to help you along your entire journey.”  (JW, p. 37)

Read More at…Destiny In Bloom

Wednesday Words: Hear Me (Week 19)

And he said, ‘He who has ears, let him hear.’
Mark 4:9

Sometime around the 19th week it is thought that babies begin to hear. A mother’s voice, music, movement around them, a new sense of the world they are in and the one they will be born into.

The ending of the parable of the sower says “He who has ears, let him hear”. That means your baby too! As your read scripture and pray remember those around you who can hear.

First, remember that God hears.  Even in your silent moments, God hears. Your worries, your joys, your complaints and your musings.

Second, know that your spouse, friends and family hear you.  During pregnancy it is easy to feel alone, as if you are the only one experiencing what you are experiencing. Let your family and friends experience this with you, even the hard parts. It is the sweetness and difficulties of life that reminds us of what is most important.

Mom Tip: Speak up! If you are celebrating or struggling, let it be known to someone close to you.  Holding in all the excitement, anticipation or joy can be overwhelming.  Make a point to have a phone call or coffee date with a person close to your heart, share this weeks notes with them and be heard!

Wednesday Words: Transforming (Week 18)

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.  
(2 Corinthians 3:18)

Around this time in pregnancy a cute bump is beginning to appear and you may not quite look like yourself.  But remember, your outside transformation is just a small reflection on what is going on inside.

Inside there is a baby growing.  Arms, legs, hair, maybe even a cute dimple or two!

You and your sweet baby are both being transformed.  Beyond physical transformation there is a constant changing and growing of the heart.

As you look in the mirror remember that your image goes far beyond what you see in front of you.

Take a few minutes and have a heart check.  Are you focusing on the right things?  Are you taking time to pray for your baby? Are you treating others graciously?  Are you beholding the glory of the Lord today?


Mom Tip:
 Make a maternity clothes budget!  As your belly begins to grow you will feel better having a few things you enjoy wearing!

Wednesday Words: Quiet with Love…

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exalt over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

It is really easy to be loud during pregnancy.  Everything is different.  You look different, feel different and have more discomforts than any other time in life.  Add to that the excitement of having a baby and being quiet becomes nearly impossible.

However, in the ups and downs of life there is always time for quiet. Times of quiet are what provide rest for body and soul.  Find some time alone, just you and baby.  Rejoice in this moment, be quiet with a heart overflowing with love, sing with words of joy.  This is an amazing moment.

Return to this place often. It is a well of life.

Mom Tip: Start thinking about your schedule post baby.  Start asking a few close friends or family members if they would be willing to babysit for you. Plan to have a break or some quiet alone time the first few weeks after baby is born!

Wednesday Words: Don’t Panic (Week 16)

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and Godly lives in the present age.” (Titus 2:11-12)

Don’t panic! This very point in the motherhood journey can be overwhelming.  There is so much STUFF out there. Classes you can take, exercises you can do, books you can read and items you must have.

This week be reminded that our job is not to get pulled into all the STUFF surrounding pregnancy and all that is to come.  Our job is to be self-controlled, upright and Godly. Our actions in this way are much more important to God and to our coming child than all the creature comforts in the world!

Take a look at your pregnancy journey.  Where is the worldly taking place of what should be Godly?  How can you be more self-controlled and upright in this area?  Commit this to the Lord today.

Mom Tip: Ask yourself what one item from your baby years means the most to you today. Think of what one item you would like your baby to carry on with them into adulthood and work toward making that happen!