I wrote this during the holiday when Kate Motaung challenged our little writers group to write five minutes on BALANCE…
I sat listening to the speaker thinking, “If only that were really possible!”
As with most women’s talks during Christmas, this Christmas dinner speaker admonished all the mommies in the room to, “Relax! Let the shopping and cooking go and focus on Jesus!” With five kiddos in my house that was such a joke! I wanted that peace and meditation but I knew it could NEVER happen.
Fast forward 20 years, now the speaker at my women’s group is talking about, “Fill your days with loving activity for others.” Different group—different season—same challenge: FOCUS. Although most of my friends have grown children (this is not the same as empty nest!) they still complain of lack of time to spend in prayer and “Jesus focus.”
The problem is not our time: the problem is our focus.
Back 20 years. I remember hearing that woman at that Christmas dinner, and seeing that, despite the fact that she had twins and lived on a farm, she found time to spend with Jesus. I didn’t know how He could answer, but I prayed that God would make it happen the next day.
Be careful what you pray for!
The next day I only had 26 items on my “to do” list before 6 p.m. when we had to attend another Christmas party. After putting the third load of laundry in my washing machine I turned to run make the cookies to take to the party and… the door was locked. No joke. I banged on the door but… I had an OLD WASHER that sounded like a 747 was landing in the laundry room. The kids were upstairs doing their chores and … yep.
I was stuck.
My personality style would normally kick and claw my way out, but instead… I sat down on laundry piles numbered 4-10 and … laughed. REALLY. OUT LOUDLY.
God had locked me in my laundry room so I would pray.
And I did.
Cookies are nice. Kids need clothes. Everybody has to bathe. But JESUS is worth the time.
Advent is over now, but in 2019 I am hoping He doesn’t have to lock me in the laundry to get my attention.
Two of my goals:
!. Focus on Jesus first thing in the morning–whether than means five minutes or 50 minutes.
2. Make my choices on what will please Him–and honor my husband and adult children.
What are some of your FOCUS goals for 2019? I would love to hear.