There will be days where my patience is tested. Days that I find myself overwhelmed and it becomes difficult to react positively in my circumstances. It can be so very hard to redirect your own behavior in the moment. It can be so very easy to moan, complain, and cry - "why me?". Housework is tedious and repetitive - once you've vacuumed the same room 3 times in one day, you wonder why you even vacuum at all!! Us homemakers - stay at home moms - and working moms - we rise to challenges that are unimaginable by others. For certain people, they may envision us in our sweats, eating chocolate bonbons and watching soaps. Ha! Others may say: "How do you do it all and not go crazy?!" In reality there is hardly ever a moment of rest. Some days nap time cannot come any sooner. Some days are better than others. Some days are quiet and lovely. Either way, I strive to remember that God is with me and turn to Him for peace and sanity during my days. Do I always do it? No. Some days I lose the battle with myself. I lose only because I rely on myself and not on God. Knowing He is there for me to draw strength and patience from is a blessing. Actually doing it takes an intentional act on my part. This particular verse frequently comes to mind when I am in the midst of housework:
Philippians 2:14 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
14Do everything without complaining or arguing.
I try to keep this verse in my mind as I clean the toilets or change diapers. :) Here is The Message translation:
Philippians 2:14 (The Message)
14-16Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I'll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You'll be living proof that I didn't go to all this work for nothing.
What a sweet and gentle reminder that NO matter what we may be doing at any given moment - we should do it as followers of Christ, with a happy and cheerful heart so that others may see our light shining. Are there any verses that you personally use to get through a tough day?