Confession: I was pretty irritable and restless this past weekend and I may or may not have unfairly taken it out on my family.
It seemed like every time I tried to get things done, something inevitably came up. A cranky baby. An unexpected phone call. A husband wanting quality time at the end of an unproductive day.
And as I sat at the kitchen table this morning and watched my daughter loudly play with her toys, I caught myself wishing she were a little more "convenient." Why can't she sleep when I want her to sleep? Or be quiet when I need a moment of peace? Why am I constantly being interrupted when I'm trying to do something important? Sometimes I just want my life back!
But praise Jesus that he doesn't let me think these things for very long. Because just as soon as I thought it, I felt one of those Holy Spirit reminders -- you know, those "aha" moments that humble you and make you stop in your tracks? And here's what I heard the Lord reminding me of this morning.
My daughter is not an inconvenience or burden or distraction. She is worth the unproductive days. She is more important than my to-do list and even more important than my ministry as a writer.
She is not the interruption; she is the INSPIRATION.
At the end of the day, what does it matter if the house is cleaned or if I responded to all my Instagram messages or finished writing a podcast episode on time? Is it not infinitely more important that I love on this girl entrusted to me? Didn't I become a stay-at-home mom so I could focus on her and enjoy this short, precious season with her while it lasts?
And what good is a well-kept home if I'm not putting in the work towards having a well-kept marriage? If my husband wants to relax with me, can't the kitchen counters wait?
I am so thankful that the Lord knows when and how to give us those much-needed attitude checks. How amazing is his love for us! He reminds us of the things that matter, not so that we can feel guilt or regret, but so that we can enjoy his abundant blessings in full!
May we keep taking him up on the never-ceasing chances he gives us to choose what is best. And to always remember the kitchen counters can wait. ❤️
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