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Ever wonder how to get it all done as a mom?
Of course, you do, you’re a mom. This is the eternal question on the table. How do we referee wrestling matches, keep the dishes washed, and shuffle kids back and forth to school and sports practice while working a side or full-time job, or even finding a little free time for friends or hobbies?
Why does God give us so much responsibility?
While God allows many things into our lives, He also allows us the freedom to choose our actions.
Wisdom in the choice is the answer for how to get it all done.
Moses parented a bunch of whiny babies.
As soon He leads them out of Egypt, they started complaining. There wasn’t enough food, water, or food and water.
Remind you of anything?
Possibly the constant task of feeding children who just keep needing meals?!
God knew Israel was demanding, and He knew Moses was overwhelmed.
But guess what – He didn’t intend for Moses to “do it all”.
One day Moses’ father-in-law came to visit and realized he needed some help. After observing how Moses listened to the individual grievances of the people, He took Mo aside and said,
“Look, this is crazy! You can’t possibly spend your entire days listening to every single person. Get thee some help, man!” (My paraphrase.)
So Moses appointed leaders in charge of different sections in order to free himself up for larger tasks.
Sometime later, when God met with Moses on the mountain to give Him the commandments, He mapped out how He wanted the temple built, what feasts to hold when, and how to design Aaron’s priestly clothes.
I’m sure Moses wondered at the enormity of the responsibility.
He probably thought, “How in the world am I supposed to get it all done?!”
Look, I have appointed by name Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.
I have filled him with God’s Spirit, with wisdom, understanding, and ability in every craft to design artistic works in gold, silver, and bronze, to cut gemstones for mounting, and to carve wood for work in every craft.
I have also selected Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to be with him.
And, I have placed wisdom within every skilled craftsman in order to make all that I have commanded you:
They must make them according to all that I have commanded you. Exodus 31:2-11
Can you imagine the relief draining off Moses’s perspiring brow like a melting icicle in the winter sun?
God was saying, “You are in charge here. But it is not your responsibility to do it all. I’m providing wisdom and people. Use them!”
You may think you’re supposed to do all of the things too. But that’s not so! Here are 3 suggestions for your overwhelmed mama heart:
3 quality tips for how to get it all done
1.) Ask for help
Don’t be Supermom. If you have a mother, a mother-in-law, a neighbor, or a friend, you have help. How many times have they offered and you turned them down? Learn to accept help from your husband too, it’s not a sign of weakness!
2.) Give your kids responsibility
From the time they are small, children can learn to pick up their toys and clothes. Give them responsibility as soon as they are able, and just keep doing it out. Picking up after them “because it’s easier” not only fills your plate but makes your job harder later on when you decide they need to toe the line!
3.) Spend knee time
Above all else, time with the Lord is necessary for wisdom in choosing priorities! Don’t be a victim of “Martha Syndrome”, rushing around doing the “important stuff”. Choose to rest in Jesus’ presence daily, even if you’ve only got a few minutes. He is ready with fresh wisdom for you, and He wants to give it!
Dear mama, God does not expect you to do it all.
Not accepting help is a sign of pride, whether we admit it or not. And trying to appear as if we can do it all is also prideful.
How can you get it all done?
You can’t. Trust me. Been there, done that, got the spit-up stained sweatshirt.
God gives discernment as we meet with Him – choosing the greater portion!
Question: What are you doing right now that could be delegated or put on the back burner?
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Motherhood: A Balanced Perspective, launches the first week in March.
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Sarah, from sarahefrazer.com
Sarah is a mother of four little ones (one adopted) and invites you to study God’s Word in your ordinary day.
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Keri is a momma of three who believes being intentional and choosing joy is a choice we get to make each day.
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