Busy With the Right Things

The phone rings just as baby wakes up with a blood-curdling scream and drowns out his big sibling’s urgent calls for help from the bathroom. Momentarily ignoring the phone and the baby, you rush to the bathroom but on your way, have to break up an escalating argument between the other siblings.

Nobody said this mothering thing was a piece of cake.

Life as a mom of little ones is busy. Usually all the children don’t desperately need you at the exact same moment (thank goodness!), but there are always things clambering for attention.

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I was feeling overwhelmed by the constant bombardment of needs and the list-of-things-I-want-to-do that kept growing, not shrinking, when God used Facebook as His instrument of encouragement.

I was glancing over my news feed before bed when a friend’s status jumped from the screen, “Lord, help me be busy with the right things.”

Life with four little ones IS busy, especially because I’m teaching part-time at Rose’s two-day-a-week classical school and homeschooling the rest of the week. Countless times over the past couple weeks, this prayer has come to mind.

“Lord, help me be busy with the right things.”

  • Sometimes choosing “the right things” means settling for a super simple dinner plan so that I have time to cuddle on the couch and read books to Meg or dropping everything to kiss a hurt finger.
  • Sometimes it’s meant choosing joy while Rose and I plod through a subject or neglecting this blog (again) so that we can have a “date” while the other kids nap.
  • Sometimes it’s meant pausing in the midst of a busy day and ignoring the mess for a moment to be still.
  • Sometimes it’s simply highlighted the fact that dirty dishes and laundry are a part of life and the right thing to do at the moment (and I might as well sing about it!)

Busyness is inevitable. Let’s make sure we’re busy with the right things.

[Katie, my heartfelt thanks for your simple status. It’s blessed me far more than you know!] 

Linked up at Mama MomentsGrowing HomeEncourage One AnotherWalking RedeemedGrace Simplicity, & Proverbs 31

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  1. says

    Time with your little ones is never wasted. 🙂
    Wish I were close enough to just drop by and wash some dishes or read some stories to the kiddos. 🙂
    Wah I nee!

  2. says

    I find myself far too often being busy with the wrong things. I always tell myself, “I know I can do better”! It’s something I have to always keep in front of me. That’s a great statement! Thanks, Anna!

  3. says

    Wonderful. 🙂 Yes, it’s very important to be busy with the right things. 🙂 Thanks for writing this as a reminder to keep what God has placed within my very own home, as my top priority. 🙂

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