feel that we are in a juggling act. We try to balance kids, husband, house, our needs and wants. We worry that if we drop one ball they
all will come crashing down! We are busy and yet not feeling productive many
days as the line between needs and wants become blurred. Attempting to keep it
all organized is overwhelming. I have some relief for you.
introduce you to a wife, mother, homemaker, former teacher, and Christian woman who has a faithful perspective on seasons of life. Ginger Harrington, has some great devotions
for us that have helped me in moments when I needed to center my focus and stop
being overwhelmed with distractions.
|Ginger and I at the MOPS meeting.|
Ginger was the
scheduled speaker at one of my recent MOPS meetings. She gave a wonderful talk
filled with great tips that I jotted down because I wanted to share them with
you! Her sharing focused mostly on how to get organized in order to better serve God. She has a sense of humor in her anecdotes
that will make you laugh and find joy in getting your life on track. When life
is chaotic, too busy, filled with stress and fear, we must set our focus on
what is important.
organization with images in magazines, snapshots of other women and moms who are
having a together day when we are not, or elaborate spring cleaning tasks that
sound great and get pinned but ultimately leave us feeling even deeper in
frustration when we do not complete them. Balance is not a place where you go
and never ever again feel a bump in the road. Balance is an on-going, always
changing, never finished job. If you feel out of balance today, you are just in
the process of working your way back to it. If today was a great day, prepare
yourself now because the scale may tilt and things may feel out of your control
tomorrow. We all go through this every day!
daunting. The world tells us peace is a fancy beach getaway, a brand new luxury
vehicle, new clothes for every season…but, peace, true peace, can only be found
in one place: Faith. Ginger’s post Need
a Little Peace? explains this so
lie of “you can have it all” is crumbling. Women are realizing that we have to
set priorities and some things will have to be set aside. Doing it all is an
illusion. There are seasons of life, as I talked about in these posts here and
here regarding how the female brain is structured. Many women have the glorious
and often challenging gift of giving birth to children-or desiring to raise
children even when we are unable to conceive. When we enter the season of
raising children, Ginger reminds us that we must:
families and the world when we recognize that we have limits imposed by raising
children and accommodate our wants to fit into them.
us be at peace that we can live today and serve as stay-at-home-moms, and still have
much life to look forward to when our children are grown. It is empowering, not
It is not easy to cut
things from our calendars or limit our focus each day. I feel that struggle now since having twins. My whole family will needs and deserves my time and
attention. I am constantly in a state of re-balance, attempt to re-organize as I attempt to balance four children and a husband. That means a lot of humility,
more attempts to pray for God’s peace in my life and relieving myself of any
guilt for not doing it all every day. As Ginger says, “sometimes we need a “Mom-i-tude adjustment” in those frazzled moments so we can regroup
and find joy. Grace. Frustration and Frazzled may visit us, but we can
re-balance knowing God intends for us to seek the joy in motherhood.
of my own that was spurred from Ginger’s speech. She suggested surrounding
yourself with bible verses. Write them on index cards-one each week-so you can
meditate on them throughout your day. Why
not post one in the laundry room or in the bathroom to think about while
folding laundry or preparing for the day? Why not post one in the car? How
about posting one near the changing table, or by your nursing/baby feeding area
so you can take that time to reflect while you are nourishing your little one? This
is also a great example to show our children. When we get a break, we can grab a verse.
Ginger’s blog so you can have her devotional posts emailed to you, or ‘like’ her Facebook page to get connected there.
This post is featured in A Complete Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms: When You Need to Connect in Faith. Read all of the inspiring devotions from stay-at-home moms HERE.
Enjoy your time at home!