There's No Place Like Home
I think as mothers in particular, we have a great need to renew ourselves spiritually each day. As much as I adore my children and LOVE what I do- motherhood and homemaking can be exhausting. So we especially need to draw upon the power of God so we can best serve our families. They deserve nothing less- than a balanced wife and mother who has made time to commune with the Lord.
So I made a decision to be more consistent in prayer- and it has been a great blessing in my life. Sometimes all it takes is ONE small choice- we just have to make up our minds- and choose to put Him first. The change came about as I asked myself, what is the single MOST important thing in my life? And the answer came- it is truly my relationship with God and my love for Him. So who then should get first priority in my life? Not my husband, not my kids, not even myself... God should! So I decided- the very first thing in the morning-- every morning-- my knees will hit the floor, in an effort to show my love and devotion to Him each day. It's a simple ritual, but it makes a tremendous difference in my life.
I know there is power in prayer. When I sincerely pour out my heart to Him... I literally feel the burdens lift. The problems are still unsolved, but I can let go of the negative and worrisome thoughts, and choose to be happy and trust in the Lord.
I even put a little pillow down beside my bed- as a symbol and a reminder of my desire to keep the first and great commandment. The kids know not to move it- it is now a permanent fixture beside our bed.
Basically, we can choose to go it alone in life- with our own strength, our own intellect, and our own abilities- or we can trust in Him to walk us through this life and compensate for what we lack. He wants to bless us and fulfill the petitions of our hearts but we must take the initiative and let him in.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)