Life has a way of consuming us and when we throw kids into the mix it can be that much more overwhelming. Sometimes days will go by and before we know it we haven’t taken just a few minutes to allow God to sit with us amongst the chaos.
Allowing Christ in on our everyday life has a tremendous amount of benefits. It helps you learn to slow down and stop letting the chaos be so consuming. It helps you refocus and remember what’s truly important. In the moments where the kids are at each other’s throats it can bring a calm to the storm.
Letting Him in on your everyday life doesn’t have to take a bunch of time or be all that difficult. You can do it with any of these 6 easy ways.
Pray Every Morning
My kids wake up before the butt crack of dawn, no joke. Their internal clock has them up every morning between 5 and 5:30am and I’m defiantly not a morning person. Not even a little bit. They not only go crawling out of bed before the chickens, but my youngest is also not a morning person. I just don’t think she has fully caught up to that fact.
No matter how many fits she throws morning after morning or how many times she’s put in time-out because she hit her sister, she continually keeps waking up ridiculously early. I’ll be honest, it’s not the best thing to wake up to every morning.
I have found that if I can start my day with some prayer before I even lift my head off the pillow it helps me start my day on a good foot instead of instantly being annoyed or stressed with the kiddos.
Play Worship Music in the Background
Not too long ago we started to get strict on the amount of TV we were watching, kids and adults. It helped in some areas, like their attitude, but in other areas things got worse, like them fighting with each other. Since they don’t have the TV to distract them and consume their focus the are forced to interact with each other which means they we are dealing with more bickering and tattling from them.
Instead of just turning on the TV for some peace and quiet I will turn on some worship music. Sometimes it distracts them because all they want to do is dance, while other times I can feel it shift the atmosphere to a more peaceful state. So, if you find yourself needing some peace and quiet just play some worship music in the background. Feel free to crank it up and have a dance party or have it on low so it’s just some nice background music.
Remember Who’s in Control
Sometimes you have moments where the chaos is just completely overwhelming. This will make it seem as if you will never escape it. In those moments it’s important to remember who’s in control. The Bible tells us that God will never leave us nor forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6) This can be hard to remember in those moments, but it can be just the thing to help you get through that season with a little more grace.
Be a Light
Matthew 5:14 says we are the light of the world. To me, this means we should find ways to shine that light to the world around us that is living in the dark or going through a difficult season. So, at least once a week (maybe even more) find a way to be a light to someone around you. Some ideas are; taking your friend dinner, taking someone you know is struggling out for coffee, buying some groceries for a family in need, donating your time to your local church or charity, or even buying a meal or essentials for a homeless person. No matter what you decide to do just remember to let your light shine.
Stand Rooted in Your Identify
A few years back my husband was having a hard time at work. He was working hard and doing a great job but was really struggling with frustration and feeling like he wasn’t enough. I continued to tell him over and over that it doesn’t matter what others are saying about you but knowing who you are and who’s you are. This was years after this message was drilled into my head over and over again.
Instead of standing in my own identity I was constantly comparing myself to those around me and letting what other people would say get to me. The moment I fully grasped the reality of my identity being in Christ and Christ alone, it allowed me to fall in love with my life all over again. I stopped comparing myself to others (mostly) and started enjoying who God made me to be. Grasping this reality can be amazingly life changing.
Life is full of seasons of ups and downs, chaos and peace, and joy and sadness. No matter what season you are in or what you are walking through, Christ should always remain in it with you. So use these 5 easy ways to keep Christ in your everyday life and stop getting completely consumed by the chaos.
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