Stop! and smell the roses…


IMG_4794Luke 10:38-42 ~ Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

“Stop and smell the roses…” Anyone ever said that to you?  It’s a phrase that’s been coming to my mind a lot lately. Not only in my spiritual life but my everyday life. This year, after 10 years of teaching, instead of being in a classroom with other people’s children, the Lord has given me the privilege to be a “teacher” all day long to my own babies…my 4 year old son, Jake; my 3 year old daughter, Elsye; my 2 year old son, Clayton; and my 8 month old son, Asher. I am learning new things about myself in this new role of a stay at home mom…I’ve always been a  perfectionist, detail orientated person…thanks, Dad {wink}…but I am finding that sometimes I let that perfectionist in me take me away from those things that are most important – I am a Martha “cumbered about much serving.” I busy myself with, yes, important things, like keeping my house clean, toys picked up, laundry done, sink always empty, visits to church members; etc., but I have been neglecting those needful things…my time with the Lord each day, my prayer life, my awareness of lost souls about me and even…

Mommy, will you read me a book?

Mommy, will you play with me?

Mommy, sit with me.

Mommy, can we take a walk?

And the list goes on…lately, I have found myself “careful and troubled about many things” to the point of shoving my spiritual life to the bottom of my “To-do list” and even shoving these precious little moments with my babies away trying to rationalize with them and myself that what I am doing is more important than my quiet time with the Lord and them. Then it hit me…what am I really teaching my children when I don’t have time for them; when I don’t have time to read a Bible story before bed; when they never see mommy reading her Bible and praying. I am learning that while my house needs to be clean and the laundry done, members visited and checked upon…some things can wait. My day (and patience) goes a lot smoother when I spend time in His Word, take in the goodness of my Lord, His graciousness to my family over this past year, and cherish the moments (even the chaotic ones…which are numerous it seems) that come with having four children under the age of 4.

What is it that you “cumber” yourself with so much that you forget the needful things? Those things need to move to the bottom of the list – “one thing is needful…choose that good part, which shall not be taken away from [you].” Before you lay your head on the pillow tonight…do yourself and others around you a favor…stop and smell the roses!

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