Seeing Blessings in Everyday Life
You start your day with throwing a large hoodie on (which was your husbands at one point, but you have since claimed it), pull your hair up loosely and head drudgingly to the coffee maker. Start the brewing and head back to the bedroom.
Sheets and comforter are in a twisted mess, halfway on the floor so you begin there. After fluffing pillows, aligning sheets, and making the perfect bed…your cat comes full speed ahead to catch the invisible mouse on the comforter ruining your work. And so your day of productivity is clearly off to a lovely start.
Our lives can often feel like nothing but work, especially if you also have a full time or even part time job to do.The added responsibility piles on much like the unending loads of laundry or dirty dishes in the sink. It is easy to forget to organize, rest and ask for help. Taking it all on at once by yourself can lead to exhaustion and even depression.
“Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” (Proverbs 31:31, New International Version)
Sinking beneath the chores of life is not what God had in mind when He called us to become wives. “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. (Proverbs 31:17, NIV) That is not to say that we should let our homes go awry and not lift a finger in the name of keeping our sanity. There is a better way! Keep your eyes on Jesus. That’s right….the creator of the heavens and earth has you in mind day in and day out. Why not focus on him when you feel overwhelmed by the storm?
Pray. Pray. Pray. Always start your day off in prayer with God.
“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” (Matthew 14:23, NIV) If Jesus takes time to pray to God alone before walking on water to His disciples, how much more then should we pray before conquering our daily tasks.
Just talk to Him, doesn’t have to be anything fancy…He just wants to hear from you. Turn on some soothing music. Make a checklist; a real one with paper and pencil. Set a goal. Maybe two or three tasks a day. Turn up the music to make it a fun time. Begin.
“A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. But he said to them, ‘It is I; don’t be afraid.’ Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.” (John 6: 18-21, NIV)
The disciples were facing the challenge of the storm, fighting it for hours. But then they invited Jesus into their boat and the storm stopped immediately and He brought them to shore. It may seem like a lot to do at first but with every task accomplished, take that pencil once more and mark it off! You will come out on the other side feeling accomplished. If the tasks seem too big to do alone (or you would just like company), ask your darling hubby to help.
“Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days.” (Ecclesiastes 9:9, NIV)
They often don't do the chores because they simply are not asked or were not raised to know how. After all, he doesn’t want to step on your toes and fold the towels the wrong way. Show him grace.
“Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” (Proverbs 31: 11-12, NIV)
The mundane chores of life suddenly begin to be blessings of time well spent either alone or with your husband. You can knock them out in no time at all, because time is on your side…God is on your side. All you needed was a little rejuvenation and encouragement to take them one step at a time. Don’t fret, you are killing it at this whole “wifey” thing.
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