Thursday, March 28, 2013

Guest Post: When I Rise

(Today's guest post is from my sweet, real life friend Kelly of Exceptionally Average.  I think you will be so encouraged by her thoughts about the idea of planning out Bible activities and going over the top when it's a struggle just to get out of bed and do the "normal" stuff each day.  -DesirĂ©)

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7

These verses sum up the purpose of this blog. I respect this command from God, do my best to live it out, find inspiration in the responsibility, and comfort in knowing that the reward for seeing these words through is eternal. 

But let’s be real.

Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed with God’s charge to us parents to diligently teach His Words to our children. In a quiet season of life, reading these verses might be just the motivation and challenge we need to get creative and intentional. 

Quiet seasons never last for long, however; and there are times when the phrase “when you rise” makes us moms sigh with a great big desire to roll over and pretend like we have the luxury of staying in bed.

Perhaps your quiet has been taken over by a curious child with more energy than your choice of caffeinated stimulation.

Or a defiant child.

Or a child with a disability.

Or your family is going through a busy or trying season.

Maybe illness has struck your household and it’s all you can handle to keep up with wiping noses, cuddling, and disinfecting.

It’s possible that you’re a single parent trying to balance all of the responsibilities that demand your attention every day.

Or are you in the same boat as me? Sleepy mama to a newborn while older brother is watching my every move.

God gave me a fresh perspective on a familiar verse the other morning when my eyes were bleary and I wiped spit up off my shoulder in the middle of devotion time. I pray it encourages your heart as well as you face the “when you rise” part of your day.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
 You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you,
Lord, know it completely.
Psalm 139:1-4

I find incredible comfort in knowing that the same God who gave me the command as a parent to teach His Words to my children, even from the moment I rise, is the God with whom I have a personal relationship. The God who knows when I rise, and what words are in my heart to share even if I’m afraid they’ll come out jumbled and inadequate.

While I may not get a “free pass” to neglect my duty to train my children when times are hard, I have direct access to the source of all things true, even the very One who defeated death and gave me eternal life.

This season is not filled with cute little projects and well-planned Bible lessons, but it can and will contain conversations about Almighty God. My children will have the opportunity to witness me spending more time showering them with love in the form of cuddles and prayer because my hands are too filled with baby to worry about organizing my closets. Most importantly, they will unknowingly witness my dependence on God’s strength to get through the day-to-day responsibilities. 

Realizing that God is present to sustain me during the multiple times each night and early morning that I rise during this brief season of my life gives just the energy I need to not give up on being purposeful in showing Jesus to my kids throughout the day.

Kelly




Kelly is a wife to a fire fighter, mama to two little ones, blogger at Exceptionally Average, and writer. Her passions are Jesus, family, friends, chocolate, and encouraging women of all ages to be purposeful in life and relationships.

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