Sarah Mae at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee is having her Motivate Me Monday. So, I thought I might have something to share.( Sorry, I forgot to link up to her blog earlier.)
"But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof."
My flesh wants to be fulfilled. It wants me to eat things I should not. It wants me to think thoughts I should not. It wants me to go places I should not. It wants to sleep when I should be vigilant.
Sounds like self entitlement. Romans 13:14 is my new favorite verse. Because it is one of the hardest things to do as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, teacher, keeper of the home. Think about it. How easy is it to put on a movie to keep the children quiet for just 30 minutes? I don't know about your home, but it is so easy at mine.
How about, giving in to your flesh and yelling at the children or husband because you just needed to let off some steam?
For me it could be getting a snack that is not good for me and hiding in the bathroom so the children won't see me and ask for some too! Boy, is that a temptation of my flesh sometimes. But these are just some "fleshly" things. What about the spiritual?
I have always struggled spiritually being a mom. Getting just 15 minutes for a shower can be difficult for a new mom. Getting 15 minutes alone with our Savior is impossible! Or so we think...
I used to have a check list to check things like: fed the baby, fed the husband, fed myself, read the Bible, prayed, prayed for others. But in my own strength I failed. So I asked the Lord to help me. I still ask the Lord to help me! I am not super mom. I AM NOT SUPER MOM. Does my flesh want to be a super mom? Yes.
But what I am striving for is a follower of Jesus who happens to be a wife and mother.
I get easily sidetracked by the "duties" of a christiam homeschool mom. Then I get sidetracked by the "duties" of a pastor's wife. Then I get sidetracked by the world. Sounds funny altogether. By the world, I mean, fashion, hair styles, losing weight. These things feed my flesh. And this only happens to be bad for my flesh when I get my eyes off of the Lord! What about my spiritual fashion? What about my spiritual hair? What about my spiritual body?
So, my motivation for today is to put on Jesus! Not a fake appearance! The Real Jesus, the one who died for me. The one who conquered death. The one who Rose Again! The one who gave me newness of life!
I know how hard it can be to try so hard at something like being a great mom! All I can say is keep asking Him for peace, wisdom, and grace! He will give it to you. Praying in a closet is fine. But if you are like me, and you have all the children up already, remember you can go to Him in prayer standing at the sink, brushing your teeth, or changing a diaper. He wants you to ask for help. He wants to hear you need Him. He wants to give you that peace and wisdom and grace.
"Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof."
I know there is an abundance of spiritual things that I could list here other than reading His Word and Prayer. But as moms these are at the top of our "Spiritual List!"