Thursday, January 28, 2010

A day in the life of a SAHM

I woke up this morning...earlier then norm. Just woke up. Usually my alarm clock is Ava jibbering "momma, momma" or Brad's Droid beeping endlessly - which, makes me grumpy. Not so much a great way to wake up. Clarification - the Droid makes me grumpy, not the calling of a little monkey next door.
As soon as my alertness came to me I had the thought - "I should get up and grab some quiet time with my God". Only...I waited too long and then fell back to sleep. But then a few minutes later, I woke up again. Ava was still asleep and I could hear the shower running... strange. Only strange because usually the shower wakes Ava up.
So, while it was still calm - I took my chances (my second chance, ahem...) at some quiet time. I cuddled up on the oversized chair with my bible, journal and a pen. I opened up to 1 Peter and let the word of God speak. And while I'm reading it occurs to me that I need to do this specific thing more often. There is value and gain to getting up and preparing your mind and life for a day. There's a supernatural peace and serenity to starting a day with the Lord of all creation. I rarely do this, but...I'm trying. Ava slept in for another 35 minutes and I know full well that it was because God allowed her that time...and me that time. Because I know that my personal God knew my heart needed his words this am. Jesus, our prophet, needed to speak to me through His word and remind me of one thing... "gird up the loins of your mind". And, that's all I needed - and that's all I meditated on for those 30 minutes (and 5 to make a pot of coffee).

Because although I'm not out in an office reporting to a supervisor, or... working construction, or counting money for a company or... whatever... my full time job takes mental strength. And, though very partial... my "client" is the most important.


Katie@The Baby Factory said...

Mandi, I know you may think I'm an oddity of a blog stalker, but I just wanted to thank you for this post. Seriously, I have been battling this exact thing the past few days. I don't want to get up and I get up the last possible second and skip quiet time. Not cool....and I can TELL!
I have been so bogged down lately, and had a short temper with Hayden. I'm just going into my day completely ill prepared.
Thanks :)

becky said...

Hannah has been sick for almost a week..which as you know, means neither one of us are sleeping well. Unfortunately, I've used this as an excuse to not rise early to be with the Lord. I'm usually pretty good about fitting some time in during the day...but then the phone is ringing or Hannah doesn't take her whole nap or whatever..
so I read this blog post yesterday
and was challenged to get up this morning...ahhh...
isn't it so much better? Little Hannah gets up before I'm finished sometimes (she did today) I give her her Bible story book and cup of milk and sits beside me and cuddles while I finish...what a great way to start the day. Thanks for sharing..and keep it up!

Amy@My Front Porch said...

I couldn't agree with you more -- when I started staying at home one of the things I was looking forward to was not having to get up early to get ready -- but I soon realized that "my full time job takes mental strength" it really does, and my days go so much better when I prepare for them. My job at home deserves my best effort just like my job outside of the home did! Thanks for your post :)

melanie said...

awesome post. thank you for this!! such a great reminder.