This week I was thinking of some of my best Mum tips that I’ve learnt from being a mum of six kids. Here are my top three:
Tip No. 1 – Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is a slippery slide to us feeling bad about ourselves; It leads to negativity, feeling alienated, unworthy, creates poor self-esteem and causes us to doubt ourselves as parents and/or individuals. We need to “back ourselves” and believe that what God has blessed and entrusted us with He will also provide, strengthen and enable us to handle. God doesn’t compare us. He just loves us for the unique amazing creations we are.
“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” (Galatians 6:4-5)
Tip No. 2 – Pray. It ‘s when we try to do everything by ourselves that we most often run into problems. Prayer quietens our souls, sharpens our minds, edifies and fine tunes our spirits and enables us to off load our burdens so that we are then able to hear from God and glean from His wisdom and the best way to go about things.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15)
Tip No. 3 – Be prepared and find all the necessary underwear and socks and lay them out for the next day. This is all about being prepared in the little things of daily life. It may sound funny but from small children to adults the socks, jocks and knickers issue seems to be widespread. It’s the one thing that can mess with our morning schedules and facilitates more than one person to end up in tears. I’m sure the washing machine eats socks so that we are constantly left with odd or missing ones, and that in a strong wind the underwear blows over the neighbour’s fence never to be seen again. Daily life is filled with things we just have to deal with – like socks and jocks, but being prepared and organised in the little things of life then creates for us precious time, energy and space to focus our imagination and intellect on less mundane things.
God wants us to be able to be focused and prepared for the things he has planned for us to walk in. Failure to be prepared in the everyday necessities of our life will more often than not be our undoing, and cause us to be so stressed that we easily miss God given opportunities right in front of us.
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep a clear head, and set your hope completely on the grace to be given you when Jesus, the Messiah, is revealed.” (1 Peter 1:13)
Don’t compare yourself, make time to pray, and be prepared. It will bless your life, and subsequectly the lives of those around you.
Prayer: Lord help me to have confidence in who you have made me to be, to talk and listen to you everyday, and to be prepared, especially in the little things of life that can easily cause a lot of problems. Help me to walk in wisdom today as I listen and lean on you. In Jesus name Amen