**See details below this post for a fun GIVEAWAY!
by Sarah Benton
Five o’clock rolled around and I found myself saying it once again for what felt like the millionth time.
“No! No touch!”
I hadn’t even started dinner, my 18-month-old was getting into everything, and my 4-month-old needed to nurse. Nothing was getting done and yet I was keeping extremely busy all day long, with nothing to show for it. I found myself growing more and more impatient and frustrated. With two children under the age of 2, a full course load as a nursing student, and a husband working very hard 60+ hours a week as a college baseball coach—not to mention the household chores and responsibilities—with no family close by to help, my plate is more than full. I was reaching my limit on this particular night, as I had on so many other nights. As I felt myself about to let go and have a royal meltdown, I paused, looked into the eyes of my precious children and the Lord gripped my heart with a powerful word:
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
The Holy Spirit wrecked me in an instant as He gently but firmly reminded me that the everyday activities that had me so upset were not merely these things that I had to check off my list, but undertakings of great value for the Kingdom of God.
Let me encourage you to re-read the scripture above carefully. God has equipped us with weapons for war that have divine power. Divine power. Washing dishes, folding laundry, feeding babies, cooking dinner, grocery shopping—these aren’t meaningless, daily tasks! As believers in Christ, we believe that the Kingdom of God is already here and we are now living for the Lord and His mission, building His Kingdom rather than for the things of this world. The challenge is that His Kingdom is not visible to the naked eye. It’s going on all around us and God has graciously invited us into it, but so many times we become distracted with all that we can see—the things of this world.
That was me (again). I had allowed myself to become wrapped up in the earthly and had forgotten about the battle for the Kingdom. And yet the Lord graciously led me back to a right focus and I was overwhelmed by the fact that everything I did had meaning for the mission of God. Making breakfast, reading books with my daughter, cuddling my son, ironing my husband’s clothes, inviting the local college students over to hang out, even vacuuming and cleaning our house, all hold eternal value for the Kingdom, both in making disciples and as avenues for the Lord to refine and transform me into the image of His Son, Jesus. He gives each and every one of us divine power to do all that He has called us to do, to push back what is dark in the world and declare the good news of the Gospel, not only for others but for ourselves, until our obedience to Christ is complete. What profound encouragement for us Mommas who can sometimes feel as though we’re on a never ending treadmill of mundane tasks and activities.
Be encouraged by this, dear sister, and trust deeply that you are empowered by God with His very own power to accomplish great things in all that you do when your focus is on the things above. The Lord has great purpose for this season of your life and mine for the Kingdom of God!
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will [she] do, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12
And maybe you are in need of a little pick-me-up to remind you to “press pause” when the daily threatens to overwhelm you. We are giving away a copy of Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk. We are also giving away a beautiful hand-crafted bracelet by the Fashion and Compassion ministry in Mexico the provides a tangible reminder to “press pause” and shift focus. See giveaway details below!
Sarah Benton currently lives in East Texas with her husband, Brandon, and stays at home with her two children, Hadleigh and Major. Sarah has her bachelor’s degree in English, but has returned to school to pursue a degree in Nursing. She is passionate about ministering to women by sharing the Gospel through health and wellness education, particularly pregnancy and childbirth. She writes at thebentonadventure.wordpress.com.
Giveaway Details – Giveaway Closed 4/15/16 – Winners are Nicole and Seana!
In order to be entered to win either the devotional or the bracelet, please share below in the comment section one way you practice (or are challenged to start practicing!) “pressing pause” and shifting focus when the daily aspects of life threaten to overwhelm you. Be sure to let us know if you would rather win the devotional or the bracelet! Winners will be announced Friday, April 15.