Not sure what to do
The other one too?
Relationships need my attention.
What about him?
What about her?
What about my family of four?
What about the tasks?
Deal with it, do you know how?
Can you do it?
When you look ahead
When you see all that is in front of you
Can you make it?
Can you even fake it?
All demanding habits of today and commitments of tomorrow.
In this moment only giving me worry to borrow.
All these things.
All these things.
but what is the one thing?
The above poem was written at a time when I was very distracted, divided, and unsure how to balance my responsibilities that seemed to be piling up by the minute. This is the wisdom God gave me:
1. Be 100% Present
We live in a world where one tab on the browser is never enough (I currently have 6 up…). Using multiple screens at one time is not uncommon. We live in a world of instant notifications, hundreds of friends, and so many things pulling our attention to and fro.
As a mom I have tasks and responsibilities pulling me every which way, but God has been asking me to be fully present in everything that I do.
When my daughter is awake and not having her independent play time, I am to give her my full attention. I am to engage her in activities that stimulate her heart, activate her mind, and strengthen her body. I am to be used by God to help shape her into the woman He wants her to be. And I just can’t do that if I’m being given to other things when I am with her.
And when my son is awake, I am to give him nourishment. When I feed him, I am to feed him the word and pour out prayers of blessing to him. I am to soak up all his sweet little smiles that I can. Get on the floor and wrestle play and laugh with him. I am to pay attention and get to know that smiley personality of his.
When I am with my husband, I am to listen without jumping up to the first cry of our children. I am to be present emotionally without thinking about the dishes in the sink. I am to encourage with sincere words, to enjoy every moment, and to be completely… present.
Even in my tasks, I am to be fully attentive to each task until it is complete before I can move on to the next one.
2. Keep Your Priorities in Order
So we all know the basic structure of priorities right? God first, then husband, then kids, then others, then you. Or JOY (Jesus, Others, You).
I’ve always known that this is how things are suppose to be, but sometimes it seems so vague to say that I’m putting God first. I know that my husband has to come before my kids in order for our household to be healthy, but what does that look like on a daily basis…
and this leads me to the HOW?
This is the scripture the Lord gave me:
5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
All that I have said up until this point I’m sure is nothing you haven’t heard before. And what I’m about to say is probably not new either, but it is what we must give our attention to:
God. The ONE THING.
As we seek to focus on one thing at a time, He is the One Thing above all else.
So as we seek to balance and prioritize, if He is the One Thing above all other things, we will find the ability to manage it all. He will give us wisdom. He’ll show us how to set boundaries and how to keep things in the right order.
I am so thankful for a God who shows up in the details. I have been so amazed at the specific wisdom God has given me in order to stay 100% present and keep my priorities in order.
What kind of specific wisdom has God given you? How do you keep Him the “one thing” in your life? Share below.