Day 4 into #PrayerReset challenge! Everything’s been going smoothly, until I snuck out of bed quickly followed by the sound of our little Princess letting me know she’s awake, too. The topic of this chapter is about fighting distractions in the place of prayer. I’m gonna be vulnerable and confess that I listed ‘my kids’ as one of those things disrupting my quiet times. I sho did🤭 However, I realized that my posture had changed when I heard Zoe’s voice. Yes, just because I call her princess doesn’t mean I’m excited for her to join in on my quiet time. Most often, if I rise early, and hear my kids coming down the steps, I roll my eyes, shake my head, and whisper to God, “ You see...” I get overcome by the sense that my efforts are in vain. I woke up with joy this morning, before and after hearing her voice. I realize that my biggest war is lack of discipline, lack of persistence... Disruptions/ interruptions/ distractions are more prone to happen when there is lack of discipline. Setting a reasonable time to meet with God- in the cool of our day, helps us war against the discouragement we face as moms. We war against that ‘ just can’t ’ feeling that we often experience. Our discipline is worth more than what we sacrifice in place of it. Whether it be sleep, the uninterrupted time to tackle a chore, or whatever we would spend time doing when combatting the #neveralone mommy hastag... We gain more, when we align our affections and equip them with prepared actions. I’m in a ‘ready’ frame of mind. I’m less prone to be disheartened by what becomes more unsual ‘interruptions.’ Our children don’t have to be distractions, when we fight lack of discipline.
Zoe waking up wayyyy early this morning didn’t bother me as much as it usually would when trying to get quiet time. I had a ready time set aside with God, and I brought her into that time this morning rather than trying to bring Jesus into my morning chaos (3 kids awake, getting dressed, get one on the bus before 6:50, breakfast- you get the picture...) I viewed it as a special VIP pass for today. I’m pretty sure tomorrow will be different because the steadiness of discipline outweighs unusual interruptions.