Day to Day…Drowning?

Written by: Jody Mugford

We’ve all had those weeks, the ones where you’re barely keeping afloat.  It starts out with a surprise addition to the overflowing list of tasks that need to be completed.  Then you get hit with a large unexpected bill.  Then you have a fight with your spouse over something insignificant…or maybe not so insignificant.  You wrestle your children to bed and then stand in your kitchen, surveying the mess, wondering how you will ever find the time to clean it all and catch up on the other chores that desperately need your attention (FYI, I started drawing sad faces in the dust on my shelves as I’d walk by…).  And you find yourself awake at night, making lists of the tasks you need to tackle each evening of the week or you’ll never meet all the deadlines.  The mental load of all the tiny details required to keep a home running smoothly, complete your work projects, as well as any extracurricular activities can be enough to drive one mad.  And if you have extra challenges, like a child or spouse with health challenges, you may feel most days like you are barely treading water.

Last week was one of those weeks for me.  To be honest, I’ve had a few of them lately.  Why is that?  I’m an excellent multitasker and the queen of lists.  So why, despite all of my organization, was each day feeling like a struggle; a marathon to survive until bedtime when I could close my eyes for a couple hours of precious sleep?  Have you ever felt this way?  Like there are not enough hours in the day and yet you’re not even enjoying the hours you get?  I know this season can plague mammas with young children, like myself, but I am sure the feeling is universal across many phases of life.

I feel like God has been speaking to me about the need to shift priorities.  In the chaos of life, it is much easier to drag yourself out of bed to tackle the day and leave time with God as an afterthought, rather than prioritize Him right away.  So I’ve been thinking…what if we were to change that?  What if our time with God became our first priority and all other commitments, tasks, and deadlines came after that?  I know this is not a new concept, but can I encourage you to think about how that would impact your life?  How could God change our days when we put Him as number one and all other things secondary?

I have a dear friend who speaks the Word of God to me in the most practical ways.  She reminded me that if I wake and give God my day before anything else, asking for His help to be productive and give me time to enjoy Him and my family, don’t I think He will honour that request?  So I’ve tried it and I’ve been amazed.  I’m not saying that I wake up at 5am and spend an hour in prayer, but I have found that when I take even 2 minutes before my feet hit the floor to say, “Lord, it’s a new day and it’s Your day.  You know what I have to accomplish today.  Help me to be productive and efficient and give me a kind and joyful spirit while doing it.  Also, what would you like me to do for You today?”…somehow, my day goes smoother!  I find my children are playing more contentedly and napping better, my chores get done quicker, any projects or tasks I need to complete seem to come together with less struggle.  And I start to see opportunities God opens for me to minister to others.  Hello!?  This is amazing!  Why have I not been doing this all along!?

A.W. Tozer said, “As God is exalted to the right place in our lives, a thousand problems are solved all at once.”

Let’s challenge ourselves with a question:  Do I really believe that prayer works?  If the answer is “yes”, then why do we often leave prayer time with our Father as an afterthought or something to squeeze in?  Let’s make a commitment to change that.  Let’s decide to start our day with Him, even if just for a few minutes before children come running in and jumping onto our beds.  Let’s take a few moments to remind ourselves that this day is a gift from our Father and ask Him to be Lord of it.  If we make this a habit, we will undoubtedly see changes, big and small.  Giving God our day, letting Him lead us through, will allow Him to weave His best in it for us and those around us.  What awesome things He will do!

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.  Proverbs 16:3

I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.  John 15:5

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!  His mercies never cease.  Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.”  Lamentations 3:22-23

Love and blessings,

Jody