My youngest daughter will be seven tomorrow and I find myself thinking about time. Where has it gone? Have I made the most of the time I have had? How much time do I have left with her before she begins a life of her own?
It is something we can and cannot control.
We cannot control how many days we get. However, we CAN control what we DO with the days we get.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. – Psalm 127:3 (amplified)
Our children are gifts from the Father. Our time is our gift to them. The time we invest in them and teach them the ways of the Lord is our gift back to the Father.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 (amplified)
I will be honest, ladies…
I find myself far too busy these days.
You see, when my first child was born, I did not work much. I didn’t start working from home regularly until she was older. My second child was different. I have worked out of my home her whole life. While I certainly do not think there is anything wrong with this, even in Proverbs 31, we see an example of a woman who worked hard. However, I feel that I have gotten out of balance in how I manage my time.
Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise, sensible, intelligent people, Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. – Ephesians 5:15-16 (amplfied)
You see, working at home, helps provide additional income we need, allows me the opportunity to live up to my calling to reach Moms, and takes much time.
It can be very difficult to balance time when you work at home. It is not like punching a clock. The temptation to spend more time working is much more relevant since there is no time card. I find myself checking my emails one last time, tweeting too much, and wasting valuable time on what is least important.
Priorities have become unbalanced. God has made this clear to me. My priorities should be HIM, husband, children, others, me and THEN work.
He has been almost nagging me about the matter. LOL! He knows I am hard headed, so, He loves me enough to keep reminding me of what matters most.
What matters most are the gifts He gave me.
Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand. – Proverbs 19:21
I choose to follow the Will of my Father. I choose to use my time wisely and cherish every moment He gives me. I choose to put Him first and my family right under Him. I choose to balance my time and make it subject to the Will of God.
How about you?
Daddy God, thank You for loving me enough to remind me how precious the gifts of my children are. Thank you for reminding me of the limited time I get with them. Help me to use every opportunity and moment I have to enjoy them, love them, teach them and just be with them. Help me to pursue them and find creative ways to spend time with them. Help me to prioritize my life and never ever ever seek mammon above my family. I want to be a light to my children and let them know that I treasure them through the time that I give them. Thank YOU so much for my beautiful and healthy daughters! In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen!
Read and meditate on the following Scriptures. Pray about how you spend your time and ask God where you can be better balanced.
- Ecclesiastes 3 (whole chapter)
- Psalm 33:11
- Deuteronomy 4:29
- Proverbs 21:5
- Jeremiah 29:11
Memorize: Lord, make me to know my end and to appreciate the measure of my days–what it is; let me know and realize how frail I am, and how transient is my stay here. Behold, You have made my days as short as handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in Your sight. Truly every man at his best is merely a breath! Selah! – Psalm 39:4-5 (amplified)
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