A few years ago, I started searching for a good podcast to listen to while I did dishes, laundry etc. I wanted to use my time better as I did my mundane house chores. I wanted to fill my mind with good things. I came across this amazing lady, Kat Lee. She at the time had a podcast called Inspired to Action. This podcast seriously changed my life. Now her blog and podcasts are called Hello Mornings. She encourages you to take time, even just 3 minutes, to do three things. Take time to be with God- pray and read His words, Take time to Plan your day, and take time to exercise(even if it’s just some relaxing stretching).
Being a mom is exhausting. And I had gotten into the bad routine of not getting up early before the kids anymore because I just wanted to sleep until they woke up. And that’s ok sometimes, because I love all the pictures my husband takes like this.
Kat helped me realize I needed to take time to do these three things. Even if I just started with a few minutes each day. It made such a HUGE difference in how my days went. The days I did these things, I felt much more focused and ready for my day. And listening to all the women she has on her podcast gave me inspiration. If those women can follow the inspiration from God for them, then I should be able to take the time to see what God wants me to do.
So, I am not perfect in this. Especially after having a baby, I struggle to want to exercise. But when I do, I feel so much better. But I am doing much better at taking time before the kids get up to spend time with God. To pray and read. To get some inspiration. Because I’ve been entrusted with six awesome kids. And if I want to be a good parent, well then, I need to look to Him who knows all, God. He will help me more than anyone else to guide my children, to know when my child needs extra love, to know what I need to change in myself.
Elder Taylor G. Gody, a member of the 70 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said in a recent talk, “I wonder what it would mean, what effect it would have in my life to know that I had only one more day to live. How would I treat my wife, my children, and others? How patient and polite would I be? How fervently would I pray and search the scriptures? I think that, in one way or another, we all at some point will have a ‘one more day’ realization-a realization that we must use wisely the time we have.”
The time we are given by God here on this earth is numbered to Him. He knows how long we have, we do not. The older I get, the more time seems to fly, and the more I seem to be aware of my shortcomings. The more urgent I feel to change for the better. To be a more tender wife and mother. To love God’s children wherever they are and whatever they look like or act like. To use my time wisely in learning about my Savior. He led the perfect life, and gave us the perfect example. Of course I have A LONG WAY TO GO, so I’m very grateful each morning for one more day.
Elder David A. Bednar, an apostle of Jesus Christ, said in a recent talk, “Meekness is an attribute developed through desire, the righteous exercise of moral agency, and striving always to retain a remission of our sins. It is also a spiritual gift for which we appropriately can seek…the purpose to benefit and serve the children of God… As we come unto and follow the Savior, we increasingly and incrementally are enabled to become more like Him. We are empowered by the Spirit with disciplined self-restraint and a settled and calm demeanor. Thus, meek is what we become as disciples of the Master and not just something we do.”
This talk opened my eyes as to what meekness is. Elder Bednar said, “Meekness is strong, not week; active not passive; courageous, not timid; restrained, not excessive; modest not self-aggrandizing; and gracious, not brash. A meek person is not easily provoked, pretentious, or overbearing and readily acknowledges the accomplishments of others.”
So, instead of praying like I usually do that I will be a more patient mom/wife, this week I’m going to change that to being a more meek mom/wife. A more meek follower of Christ. When we have the spirit of meekness, we are more receptive to the promptings of the Holy Ghost to lead us in our daily journey. So I hope to change daily, incrementally, because I don’t know when I will only have one more day.
I hope that I can live my life so that I make the best memories with my family, and I make my Heavenly Father proud that I am doing the best I can each day. Whether it’s 3 minutes of time or an hour trying to do things that improve myself as a person, and help me to be available to accomplish my own personal mission on this earth.
I pray that this week, you too will be inspired to try a little harder to spend more time with God, or if it’s been awhile, start with 1 minute/day, and build from there. Just set your alarm 3 minutes earlier. It’s easy. Give it a try.
Thanks all for reading my words.
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