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Leap Day only comes every 4 years….. what are you doing with today?

Last Leap Day, my brother wrote this and this was my response.

I have grand plans to repeat it again today…. maybe…. of course, it helps a bit we had company over Monday evening and I did a ton of cleaning then, so I sort of have a head start on it. And I did alot of laundry yesterday…..I had gotten rather behind!

Of course, I have alot more that I would need to get done in order to do this today….. not only do I have 3 more kids since last Leap Day, but my baby at the time then was 11 months old and only nursing 1-2 times a day and still napping twice a day…that helps alot ;-)…. not only getting a full night’s sleep but not nursing every few hours all day as well!

Plus, I really need make sure school gets done today. It’s been a rough couple weeks with my husband’s work schedule and my own daily routine has suffered. We are studying the early church, Augustine and the Roman Empire…. it’s been fun.

Plus, included in my laundry list is about 4 sets of sheets that the boys “oh so kindly” took out without my knowing to make forts and such in their room and they ended up getting too dirty to put away without washing. So, even though I am now almost caught up on the real laundry…all those sheets await….. at least they fold easy!

My bathrooms need cleaned….. maybe I can get that done for sure!

So there – that’s my goal….. clean bathrooms, a house that doesn’t look too bad for having 5 little ones in it, good food on the table and clean clothes on the kids!

 

 

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I throughly enjoy reading the posts from At the Well, so many little nuggets of encouragment, the review below of a newly released e-book look wonderful…. check it out! There’s a giveaway as well! ūüėČ

When Motherhood Feels too Hard Review and Giveaway! | At the Well.

 

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This was a wonderful reminder to me this morning and I wanted to pass it along!

Mother, Take the Time |.

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Groundhog Day

Today is Groundhog Day.

I have said that I often feel like motherhood with many small children is often a “Groundhog day” exisistence. You know, like the movie….. where the day repeats itself over and over and over…..

 

But as I was thinking about that I realized a couple things. Motherhood IS alot like Groundhog Day. We do the same chores over and over again. Just when the laundry baskets are empty, everyone gets ready for bed, the bathroom is seemingly perpetually on the “to clean soon” list, the kitchen floor needs mopped again, the baby wakes to be fed at an ironically same time night after night, the toddler’s waking time is even more punctual, and still earlier then you’d like, the list running thru your head at any given moment – I’m not the only one who has these lists in my head am I? – are the same day after day after day. Do I do the dishes next or start school……the kids are asking for a snack – AGAIN…. naptime is here what is highest on the priority list today…… and the age old deliema… what’s for dinner…… (though I do have this one pretty controlled!)

I read something recently, can’t remember who is was, but it generally said,”a mother’s work is never done. And that’s okay. It’s not suppose to be. This is what we are called to as a mother. Our job is years long. It’s not going to be completed or finished for a long time. Stop feeling down and depressed cause you didn’t “finish it all” today. It’s okay. This is normal, this is right. Our job description doesn’t include vacation days, daily start or end times or weekends off. “

When that actually clicked in my mind, it was incredibly freeing and in a round about way really relaxed my days and the pressure I was feeling to “get it all done”. It’s okay to fold laundry after husband gets home. It’s okay to clean and organize on a quiet Sunday afternoon, it’s okay to feel like you are never done!

But as I contemplated the “groundhog day” exsistence again, I realized maybe it’s not really that true. Yes, it’s the same chores, same kids doing the same disobedient action, day after day. But today is the only today we have. Tomorrow will come. Yesterday is gone. We are building little hearts and little people into the adults of the next era. What we are doing today is going to matter tomorrow. It’s going to affect tomorrow. When I sit that child down and we discuss the mis-behavior or wrong action or incorrect attitude, I am, Lord willing, directing that child toward future good, a future right action, a changed attitude. Even when it seems to not be sinking in, I have to trust, to keep on keeping on doing what is right and know, someday this is going matter. Someday TODAY is going to affect his tomorrow.

Another thought I had – God never changes. Every day he forgives again… and again…. my same foolishness over and over. His mercy never ends. It’s never completed. His promises don’t change, He will never leave us or forsake us. He has promised us joy for the asking, life eternal and a never ending love. Why oh why, would I ever think if my aim each day is to be more like Christ, that my days wouldn’t be a bit like his?

I am not working toward a perfectly clean house, a spotless bathroom or a completed schooling experience this week….. I am working toward eternity. What am I teaching my kids that is going to last? Are my actions teaching them to look to God for their every need? That life here and now, is just that – Here and Now. It’s important. They do need dinner. They need to learn to read. They need clean clothes. But most importantly, they need to know today is not all there is. Today is not just a repeat of yesterday. It’s one step closer to tomorrow. And tomorrow, just might bring eternity.¬†

“in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and¬†the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.” 1 Cor 15:52

“Whatever you do, work heartily,¬†as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord¬†you will receive the inheritance as your reward.¬†You are serving the Lord Christ.”¬†Colossians 3:23-24

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;¬†his mercies never come to an end; they are new¬†every morning;¬†great is your faithfulness.” Lam 3:22-23

¬†He who testifies to these things says,¬†“Surely¬†I am coming soon.”¬†Amen.¬†Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all.¬†Amen.”¬†Rev 22:20-21

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