Redirect your traffic jams!
This morning, I slept until 7:20. I was directing morning traffic from the bed, which sometimes can turn out favorable or it can turn out like it did today. I got up every 3 hours with my little one in the middle of the night, so I tried to trick my body into believing that 20 minutes of shut eyes would help me; because I certainly wasn’t sleep with a bear and a five year old in my face. I had one changing a diaper and the other staring me down while I tried to act as though I was listening to a harp and eating on grapes. It was ridiculous of me to even fathom sleeping once all three girls were up. But I tried to anyway. I was so annoyed that I threw myself out of the bed and got my day started hesitantly. I walked into the girls room to see only half of their morning duties done. What they need to do in the morning should only take about 10 minutes but this morning it took 30. I was highly irritated and everyone in the house felt my hot morning breath wrath. As I drove home from morning drop offs, I finally cried out to God for help. “Lord, help me-I don’t want to slap my kids into winter every morning, what should I do”? The still small voice said “Prepare at night”. My inner voice told me to start preparing at night, that way it cuts back on the extra tasks I have in the morning. I also believe that I need to set the alarm a little earlier for the loud princesses in the kingdom. By preparing the night before, I put myself ahead so if the little one decides she wants to wait up for Jay Leno or catch some midnight madness on discovery-my morning won’t be so hectic. This won’t make things perfect, but at least it helps keep the roof on and my hot breath from fogging up the windows. If you wake up on the floor and find yourself ready to get rid of your lovely family, redirect to Proverbs 31(The virtuous woman)-a wonderful description of a wife and mother is there to help you slow down the household traffic jams. Proverbs 31:26-31 “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many woman do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive , and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.