My oldest, Nora, is 2 (2 1/2 if you ask her!) and we are at that stage of never ending, repetitive correction. “Please come here,” “Please don’t sit on your sister,” “Sit on your bum down in your chair,” “Don’t scream so loud, your sister is sleeping,” “Don’t take that toy away from her.” Moms, we have all been there, right? Some days it seems like I need to constantly remind her of the rules; of the changes she needs to make to be obedient and kind. And on those heavy correction days, I just want to sit in the corner, eat a cookie and throw in the towel!
I wonder if God ever feels the same way with us. He has given us instructions of obedience from His Word, and we just keep making the same old mistakes…..over and over and over again. What frustrating messes we are!
Yesterday we had chatted about starting our days off in grace by handing our burdens over to the Lord. So amidst the chaos of being a mama and wife, how do we continue keep our hearts focused on our tasks in obedience to Him? Just like my little Nora, my heart needs constant reminders during the day, too.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
For me these verses speak so much practicality! Having visual reminders through my home helps to soften my heart during the day and redirect my mind upwards. And some days, the busyness of being a mom can make me so easily push aside the heart issues that I am needing to be working on. I have taken these verses quite literally and I have put up key verses in the most frequented parts of my home that are gentle reminders of truth, and it has made a world of difference in how I am able to be a mom and wife. My most frequented place, you ask? My kitchen sink. And now, no longer is my sink a place of simply washing dishes, cutting veggies or making bottles…..it’s become a breath of fresh air and a place to repair my heart as the day goes on.
How about you? What do you do to keep your heart set on Christ during the day? What verses do you need reminders of?