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When You Don’t Know Where To Begin

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When You Don't Know Where To Begin

 

For Mom’s Who Are Trying To Get It Together…

It’s one of those mornings.  You don’t know how it happened, but somehow (oh, somehow) things aren’t going as planned.

The alarm clock didn’t buzz. 

The baby was up at 12:02 a.m.,

1:16,

3:07,

and 5:52.

My trick seems to be when we return from a trip of some sort.  No matter how few, or many, days we travel there always seems to be a price to be paid when we return.  Despite my plan to jump back into daily life, it takes about 3-days to get our act together.

When You Don't Know Where To Begin

A few thoughts for the days when you feel a little blind-sided among the blessings…

Find beauty.  It’s there. You may have to think creatively to find it. Leave a notebook on the kitchen table and jot down the beautiful things as you see them.  At the end of the day you’ll be amazed at how the Lord showered His love on you.

Think on rejoicing.  You know, I’m really big on meditating on God’s Word.  And though I certainly don’t get everything right, I see a huge difference in the days when I’m actively thinking on His Word; and when I let my mind get lazy.

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

Philippians 4:8 NLT

When You Don't Know Where To Begin

God is stretching you.  On the days when you don’t know where to begin, know that the Lord is stretching you.  He’s stretching your faith, your ability to handle hiccups, your awesome mom-ninja-skills. Trust in His power working in the unseen; you’re growing.

The devil sets you up.  If he can steal your joy early; he will.  If he can slip in and snatch it up at lunch-time; he will.  Don’t let him win today.  Fight his lies with radical joy.  Go play a game of tag with the kids.  Do a few silly things.  It will make him mad.

When You Don't Know Where To Begin

Run to a dry erase board.  This works well for me; I’m a list-maker, box-checker, kind of girl.  Even with our daily schedule routine we have different dynamics each day.  This is, after-all, life.  Most days, but especially on days when I’m trying to get my act together, I make a list for each family member on the dry erase board.  Don’t be in bondage to the dry erase board, use it to organize your thoughts and necessities for days when you feel like you’re winging it.

Play the audio Bible.  Nothing brings peace to a disquiet heart and home like God’s word.  We use a free audio Bible from Faith Comes By Hearing.  Play the Word. Hear the Word. Soak in the Word.

When You Don't Know Where To Begin

Embrace the messy days; because these days are a gift.  Maybe you need to go-with-the-flow, stay in those jammies, and have a movie party day.  Maybe you and your crew need an impromptu field trip to pick up a bag of Popsicles and enjoy the sunshine at the park.  Can you tell that is what we did in a few of these pictures?  We got ourselves together and went to make our own fun.  Let’s make beauty in our messes.

Would you like a few other thoughts from a mom who at times is trying to get her act together?

So, how do you pull it together when you don’t know where to begin?

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