Last month, I shared that I was applying to be a "Gabby Mom" reviewer for Eternal Encouragement magazine. One of the things that I need to invest time in is cultivating my own life and work as a mom. It is so easy for me to get into ministry mode and think of serving the Lord, but completely fail to nurture myself so that I have something to give besides the fumes I am running on! With the internet, it is so cool to be able to be "discipled" by godly women, even if you have never met them face-to-face. What I have appreciated about Lorrie Flem's ministry is that she is a real-life mom who shares from her heart. After sitting under Lorrie's teaching via mp3s and ebooks, I count myself very blessed by her practical wisdom and godly insight. She has been a wonderful virtual mentor that has steered me in the right direction as I seek to walk with God, love my husband, raise my children, and serve my Savior.
Well, the exciting news is that I have been accepted as a reviewer, so each month, I will be sharing with you some of the resources for moms that Lorrie creates so that you too can learn from her! I will say right up front that I am not paid for these reviews. I do not receive commissions. All I am doing is sharing my thoughts and opinions in exchange for the product I am reviewing.
This month, we were asked to review Lorrie's bi-weekly newsletter, Serenity for the Soul. This easy-to-read (I read each one in about 5 minutes) shot in the arm contains short, digestible little tidbits, thoughts, recipes, and/or Scripture that comes in my email inbox every other Thursday. All of them are geared towards growing a mom's heart for her God, her ministry to her family, and her work in her home. In them, I am able to get a sneak peek into the life of another busy mom and know that I'm not alone in the struggles or frustrations that I face. Whew!
A couple of weeks ago, one of Lorrie's newsletters dealt with the subject of interruptions. Now that's a topic for me! It seems like every time I sit down to work on the website and write or get dinner on the table or begin a school lesson, the phone rings or my preschooler needs me to help him in the bathroom or my daughter can't get the printer to work or.... You know what I mean, right? I start and stop so many times that I feel like I make progress at a snail's pace. And then that makes me irritated and then I start snapping at my kids...and it all goes downhill from there.
But one of the things that I appreciated from Lorrie is this. She writes, "Don't wait for there to not be interruptions. That's a pipe dream for a mom! Instead, expect interruptions and get through them with stick-to-it-ness." Light bulb. I realized that as a mother, I need to expect interruptions, not fight them. It is just the way it is. If I expect my life to be interruption-free, then I will need to be on an island (now there's a thought...). Children=interruptions, period.
So instead of fighting them, I need to look at them as a fact of life and then do the best I can. I had just read the quote from Teddy Roosevelt, "Do what you can with what you've got where you are." As a mom, that is exactly what I need to hear. Instead of bemoaning the fact that I only got one thing on my to-do list done for the day, I need to just pick myself up and start afresh every time I am interrupted.
One day, those little feet and voices will not ring in my home and I will have all the time I want. But from what I have heard from more seasoned moms like Lorrie, I will wish for those days back again. It's hard to believe right now, but I can see how that is true. Today, with the Lord's help and with His grace, I hope to be able to pour out His love to my children instead of pushing them aside so that I can get my "real" work done. Maybe God's point is that they are my real work.
All this from a newsletter. If you think you'd like to hear from Lorrie for yourself, you can find her at Eternal Encouragement and sign up for her newsletter too. There is no charge. I am sure you will be blessed.