Sunday, 16 September 2012
As For Me and My House We Will Serve The Lord...
Joshua 24: 15
Where is your heart? Where is your daily focus? Who do you serve?
God has shown me that my focus needed to be redirected. So what was I serving? Facebook, friends, internet, my oven, busyness!!!??? In fact all of these!
God showed me that all of the above and more had distracted me from serving Him through my family. He has set me as Daughter of the King, Wife to Derek and Mother to 4 beautiful children. But where was my focus?
I wasn't seeking God enough about challenges in my roles. I was seeking my friends opinions or Christian blogs for direction. And yes, God can use these but I wasn't spending enough time reading God's word and spending quality time with my King. He is the source of all life and all power. He knows the best way forward. He is perfect!
I have been spending more time researching ways to teach my kids about God, then actually doing it! I have been distracted by the busyness of life, tasks that need completing, using the computer to tune out from my home, kids, demands of life! Can you relate? Lots of great intentions but little action!
God showed me that I should switch off the computer. It shouldn't be the centre of our lives! God should be!
And I have to tell you it made a huge difference in my day. I learned to refocus on my kids and their needs (putting them before the computer!). I realised that I needed to implement some organisation into our lives (still working on this) - have a firm plan for the week, house work, school etc.. This way life runs more smoothly and we have a goal to achieve. This way there is more time to love God and love those around you. We are not caught up in the chaos of what next! Or it becomes too much, so we run to tune out on Facebook! And the kids really notice when mum is present in their lives.
What we put first really shows where our hearts are. Do we run to God in crisis? Or do we run to our friends first? Do we awake to a new day and think first of God? Or do we run to the computer, breakfast or other things? Do we thank God for our food first before eating? How else can we put God first in our days, our lives? We need to put God where he truly belongs.
Another strategy God pointed out was that my role at home needs to be my priority before anything else. He has placed a husband in my care to come alongside of as his helpmeet. God has placed 4 children in my care to raise to serve Him. I need to honour God through how I relate at home with my family.
But it is so easy to overfill your day, put off your responsibilities in preference to the busyness of life outside of the home. God pointed out that I should not overfill my days. That I should not rush through my days but focus on what is in front of me. He showed me that I need to seek Him and His direction each day. It is so easy in the busyness of life to forget to give God our days and seek His direction. Sometimes we are so busy and over committed that when God places something on your heart, we are too busy to act in obedience to it! Instead we place it to the back of our minds to act on later. We need to leave our days in God's capable hands.
We need to seek God's guidance to build our families foundations on Him, to serve Him and shine as a light in this world for Him! We need to be present, organised and supportive in our families, to honour God in our roles as Wives and Mothers, not distracted by different media and busyness of life. Slow down, be present and available for God to work through you in your everydays!