In order to be able to invest daily in the lives of our loved ones, we must also nurture our bodies with rest-and our souls with time with God-so that we will have something to offer.
Jimmy and I have been trying to take time to pray for our sweet pea each night before we go to sleep. We pray for her health, and for her future, and we pray that she will love Jesus. A few weeks ago as I was praying for her to have a close relationship with Jesus, it dawned on me that I want my daughter to have an even closer walk with the Lord than I have myself. Sobering thought.
I will be my daughters daily example of what a walk with the Lord looks like. If I'm modeling it poorly, then I am partially responsible if her relationship with the Lord is lacking.
At my baby shower in Minnesota, the ladies went around the room and shared with me their best advice for being a mom. One woman's advice stood out to me as the most important and at the foundation of all the other advice. She told me that the most important thing I could do as a mother was spend time with the Lord. She encouraged me to nurture my relationship with Him first so I could in turn pass that on to my husband and daughter.
Her words are so very true.
I can get caught up in changing diapers, feedings, baths, soothing my crying baby, the loads of laundry (that are washed but not folded), getting dinner on the table, cleaning the house, and even just trying to find time to shower. Yes, all of those things are serving the Lord when done in the right heart, but we will become empty and exhausted if we are not being filled up at the feet of Jesus.
So take a break from the daily activities of life and spend time with the one who matters the most. Just like its important to nurture our bodies with food, activity and rest, it is equally important to nurture our souls with the Word of God.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.