We are so privileged to choose what we accomplish each day. We can experience the satisfaction of a job well done or the distraction and pain of falling flat on our faces. Literally….
Recently, I was completing some work before I began a busy four days caring for my young granddaughters. My mind was absorbed with a million thoughts about my “to do” list. Breakfast was next on my list. I stood up from my computer, grabbed my coffee, briskly stepped towards the kitchen….my eyes focused, well, I don’t know where…and I proceeded to pitch forward over the big box I was using to pack up remaining Christmas decorations. My entire body landed flat on the floor with a jarring “thud!”
Years ago, I heard two African pastors crying out to God at a community prayer meeting in Golden, Colorado. These two men weren’t just making prayer requests to heaven. They seemed intimately connected with God and were praying powerfully for the community.
In that moment, God did that thing that only God can do. He stirred my heart with a deep yearning for more. I knew I wanted to pray authentic and bold prayers. What I didn’t know was the unexpected, surprising and life-changing outcome of learning from these men.
When ducks are young, they know who to follow…it’s mom. No question about it. Just watching little ducklings toddling along behind a mother duck brings smiles to our faces. Surprisingly, this duckling behavior gives us an important clue about how to live more joyfully and successfully.
I recently cared for my 6-month and 2.5-year old granddaughters for 6 days. I quickly remembered that you have time to care for and entertain these precious little ones, but time for little else! No time for finding God through prayer or study, unless it was late at night.
I encourage women that I teach and coach to explore ways for finding God during the midst of their day. After the week with my grandchildren, I can really empathize with how challenging it is to find quiet time!
Work can present the same challenge, particularly if you are a working mom. Do you wonder how you find time for yourself, let alone with God?
My wonderful friend, Steph, has always talked with me about how she finds God and prays in the midst of all that she does. Don’t look for that right moment – that quiet time that may never come – but invite God into your daily activities, including your mundane chores! Listen in to her story.