I woke up tired. I went to bed the night before at 9:15. I haven’t done that since the 7th grade.
Yet I still woke up tired.
The cloud that is following me is cold and gray.
On days like today It is hard to get out of bed.
My flesh is fighting against all I need to do.
My flesh is fighting against all I need to be.
My flesh is fighting against the work I am called to do.
I can’t skip mornings anymore.
Life is always in session.
I don’t necessarily miss those days, but I do miss those choices sometimes.
How do I become a purposeful, fun and loving mommy on days I want to stay in bed?
1. Light a Candle
The flicker of the light of a candle is so serene. Its basic job is to illuminate and give a sweet smell to a dark place. It brings warmth and calm. I breathe in the pumpkin aroma and breathe out the dull and lifelessness I feel.
2. Hug your kids and smell their heads.
I grab the baby and cuddle her. I squeeze her and relax into her tiny embrace. I kiss her sweet soft cheeks and smell the top of her head. It’s a mix of baby shampoo and her sweet scent that is all her own. In her scent I remember how much I treasure and love my babies, because scent is the closest thing to memory and in that moment, I remember why I work for them and why I love them and why I am called to them.
3. Serve yourself something warm in a pretty cup.
Hold the cup tightly and breathe in and out, and remember to breathe in more of Him and less of me.
Our senses tune us in to His grace and reflect the serenity and love of God.
But we must remember that the glory of God is all around us and it holds us in those moments and some of the simplest things we can do to get out of our own frailties is to take a few seconds to find beauty within those frailties.
God’s glory is in the flicker of the candle and the aroma of you children neck and the warmth of your sweet coffee.
He is in every moment of every day.
Find Him, seek Him and rest in His embrace, the beauty that is all around you and the serenity of who He is.