“An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy” Spanish Proverb
Confession: I am fasting my personal Facebook Newsfeed in exchange for more prayer time and less politics.
And I have learned that, in order to maintain myself at my healthiest, I have to pray – regularly and often. It’s not that there’s anything magical about prayer (although there is a supernatural element), it’s just that momhood is by far the most difficult thing we’ll ever do.
For all the mom-bashing and blogs on both sides of any fence, there is no manual or instruction book. Really. Every child is a unique combination of DNA and experiences that even within ONE household, how you parent one child may not necessarily work for the next one!
Fortunately we DO have guidance! And it’s found in God’s Word. I cannot think of a verse to answer whether you should eat glutten free or vaccinate. Free range versus helicopter mom? Who knows?! But the Bible gives us foundational wisdom that helps us to check our attitudes at the very depths of our being, in order to make every decision for each and every child with our hearts and minds in the very best place.
For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12 HCSB
I’ve often shared that balance is the key to health and fitness. And a healthy body cannot even be reached if your soul and your relationships are off kilter.
This is why I love Doorposts. I’m not an affiliate with them but I have used some of their material. I received a piece for free in exchange for a review on my blog.
I came to know about Doorposts through my Faith Homeschool Co-Op. We have catalogs and a Mommy library, from which I borrowed some of their materials and used it for my own personal Bible Study and Devotion.
The first resource I used from them was “30 Days in Colossians 3“. I have never devoted so much time to one chapter. I have never done so much high lighting and notes. But it was mind-transforming! What I learned from this chapter planted a seed in my heart that transformed my attitude and my disposition towards my kids. As you may already know, I homeschool, so we get on each other’s nerves during the day. Maintaining a God-honoring attitude that allowed me to have a pleasant day with three kids AND not dive into a tub of ice cream AND set aside some time to exercise is not always easy, but it is doable if the foundation of your day – your attitude – is in the right place!
Next, they sent me a free sample of their “Love Is…” Chart and Bible Study for the family. It goes over 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 in detail. It was DEEP! Like, we’re still working through it and revisiting deep.
Every fragment of that verse is broken up into key points to learn about God’s character, how Jesus showed us this character trait, and what the Bible expects of us as His believers. So if you wonder how we are still working through those three verses, it’s because every day we read about 50 verses from all over Scripture!
I also love their action points – I used them as journal entries – that got the kids thinking about how to apply it to their lives.
And when we had incidents where the kids were less than loving, there is a chart above our fish tank (crooked, I know) that we went back to in order to discuss the disciplinary issue at hand.
Many moms know that it’s difficult to carve out the time for our personal discipleship without neglecting the kids, and much like when I exercise, I try to have the kids join me in my Bible studies so that we proverbially kill two birds with one stone. I need to study God’s Word, and they do too, might as well do it together. Doorpost’s resources are designed to make THIS work! They are for the homeschooling Mom who may read a small devotional in the kitchen over coffee or may have to do it while rocking a sick baby over one shoulder, or with the kiddos around you during “circle time”. I have yet to meet a Christian publishing company that “gets it” quite like Doorpost.
Next I’m looking at the Busy Mom’s 30 Day Guide through 1 Corinthians 13. I personally love their mom devotionals more than anything. You can really soak it in!
The key point is, to be at our healthiest as Moms, we need to be moms who pray. Prayer is a two-way communication with God where we talk to Him and (let’s not forget this crucial part) God talks to us through His Word.
My fitness journey began with prayer. I had to get my heart and mind centered on the right things. I needed to clear myself of a lot of lies. I also needed supernatural intervention in a lot of outside areas so that I could make it. If you want to wait for your kids, your body, your schedule, your finances, your home, your marriage and your work to just “fall into place” harmoniously before you start taking ownership of your health… Well… You will probably be sitting there a LONG time.
#Prayer gives us the courage to live with a #noexcuses attitude in regards to our #health
How do I incorporate prayer in to my diet and exercise all the while juggling all my other responsibilities as a mother? Here’s what I pray for:
- I ask God to give me the strength to do what is important even when I’m tired.
- I memorize Scripture to recite while I’m at a difficult point in the exercise and I want to quit.
- I turn to worship music to fill my soul when I’m tempted to open the fridge door for comfort.
- I drink water while I read my Bible.
- I give to the Lord the priorities of the day, and ask Him to help the children and I cooperate so that we get the important things done.
- I make exercise a God-honoring, important thing – right up there after reading my Bible and praying every day.
So go check Doorposts out, and take a peek at their resources. And pray! The beautiful thing is, the Bible says we serve a God whom we can approach confidently or boldly. He invites us to the throne of grace for us to present our needs to Him.
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time,[a] 7 casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you. – 1 Peter 5:6-8 HCSB