Hi friends! I'm back and I have sooo missed blogging!
Nothing super special has happened over the past month or two. We've just been enjoying the spring weather and our new family pass to the zoo. We've been going every Sunday afternoon.
While I was at work one evening about a week ago, I began reflecting upon my many frustrating life moments and my failures and the things that have caused others to feel disappointment in me. You see, I do a lot of reflecting at work. Perhaps its my mothering ability to juggle two or more things at one time. I can build displays, shuffle merchandise around to make room for new items, keep an ear out for my name over the walkie-talkie, and reflect on my life. When I have such melancholy reflections, I often conclude that I have good intentions but that isn't always enough to ensure great results.
As a wife, mom, and homemaker, I have the responsibility to accomplish many things. There are daily cleaning tasks, laundry, meals to cook, diapers to change, floors to sweep/vacuum, and bills to pay to name a few. Add that to actually getting dressed before
"I give myself very good advice,
But I very seldom follow it"
Alice in Wonderland
I have been guilty of giving "myself very good advice" and making list upon list of what I need to do but that hasn't been my most effective form of motivation when it comes to getting life accomplished. I know I am not going to be made perfect while still on earth. Even Paul admitted as much.
"Not that I have already obtained all
this, or have already been made perfect,
but I press on to take hold of that for which
Christ Jesus took hold of me."
Philippians 3:12 (NIV)
In an effort to be the best homemaker I can be, it is the pressing on that I must strive for. I get better each day with the help of a few suggestions:
- Daily reading in my Bible. It really is a great way to start my day. What changes? Certainly not my children or my home's ability to multiply messes when I blink. My attitude toward it all certainly does improve and I do feel more equipped to deal with each situation in a more calm and patient manner than usual.
- Prayer throughout my day but specifically at the beginning of the day asking for His help, patience, and strength. I am still trying to remember to actually pray instead of immediately reacting when my kids do things like destroy things I've repeatedly asked them to not touch and steal food out of the cupboard by standing on top my youngest's highchair.
- Communication with my husband. I ask him what he wants me to accomplish and I prioritize those things in an effort to show him respect and to streamline my day in the most effective way. Spending all day organizing our shoes in the closet might not be his top priority over the dirty pots from cooking beans and chicken all weekend...
I've found that recognizing my own areas of weakness and taking tangible steps to resolve them is the best way to better serve my family rather than point fingers or get depressed that I can't seem to accomplish "it all." Starting with just what my husband finds important ensures we're all happy at the end of the day.
Now a to-do list just might be helpful to you. That is, if you don't find you can lose more than one to-do list in a day before you've accomplished anything... What do you do to motivate yourself as a homemaker?