I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
As a stay-at-home mom, twenty-four hours in a day never seems like enough time. Most often I find my to-do list left with more “to-do’s” than things done. Sleep is overrated anyway, right? Deadlines, as well as last week’s work, pile up. And don’t forget the children have needs too.
When faced with this overload, it feels like the only solution is — don’t stop.
There is a church I drive by regularly with a sign out front that reads: Give God what is right, not what’s left. My first thoughts were in reference to tithing. Give God His money first, not what you have left over. Then one day it hit me. The statement is about more than tithing. It applies to my time management as well. What about my schedule, deadlines, and daily devotions?
I’ve found that when I seek God first thing, the day runs so much better. Somehow, deadlines are met, children’s needs are taken care of, and the pile recedes. It’s not a coincidence either. If I oversleep or selfishly put myself first, my day goes downhill, fast.
Jesus told us clearly, He was the vine and we must remain in Him to bear fruit. With His guidance we can manage anything and receive the gifts of peace found from a stress-free and worry-free life. The Son of God knew what He was talking about and He lovingly shared it with me.
My challenge to you is to rearrange your schedule so you purposefully put God first. I’m sure there are small changes you could implement that would show your Heavenly Father that He is more important than work or demands. You’ll find yourself with a calmer attitude, knowing you have help from a heavenly source. Let God start your day and I promise it will end in peace.
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Cheri Swalwell describes herself as a Christ follower first and foremost, wife, mother, and avid reader. If you want to hear more about the heart she has for marriage, parenting, and relationships from a Christian perspective, feel free to visit her blog: http://journeysfromtheheartofawifeandmother.wordpress.com or like her at Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/cheri-Swalwell/220762911373306.