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This past week, my entire family came down with a terrible stomach virus. Needless to say, it was a tough week all around.
While we were sick, my thoughts and prayers were filled with concern for my family, especially our young daughter, who we worried would need to go to the hospital (thankfully, she bounced back quickly!).
Once we were all on the mend, my thoughts quickly turned to everything that was sorely neglected during those days of sickness: The housework, this blog, appointments that were missed, and so on. My to-do list quickly grew, and I felt exhausted trying to catch up on everything, or at least not get further behind.
I didn’t prioritize prayer or Bible study time. I found myself making a mental grocery list during play time with my daughter. I started thinking about Faithfully Committed while my husband was trying to have a conversation with me. I was thinking about housework while trying to work on a blog post.
And, all the while, I was missing out. I missed out on the most important part of my day: Time spent with the Lord. I missed out on smiles from my daughter. I missed a chance for a good conversation and connection with my husband.
I was allowing myself to be pulled in so many different directions that I wasn’t actually accomplishing anything and, even more importantly, I wasn’t focusing on the things that really matter: God and my family.
So this morning, I decided it was time to put away my to-do list, just for a little while.
Instead of spending time worrying about all that I was not doing, I spent time with God in Bible study and in prayer. Instead of working feverishly to catch up on chores during my daughter’s nap time, I went back to bed with my husband and just enjoyed being his wife for a little while. Instead of trying to get all the housework done at once, I sat down and played with my daughter, relishing her smiles and giggles and snuggles. Instead of making a lightning-fast trip to the grocery store by myself, we made a leisurely trip as a family. We ended up running into friends and decided to have lunch together. We laughed and talked and enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine. It was a wonderful day.
Yes, the chores still needed to get done, and I still had responsibilities waiting for me. And I did complete each task, one by one, after tending to my relationships with God and my family.
I’m still a wife, mom, and homemaker (facts for which I praise God every single day), but beyond the long to-do lists, these primary roles call for me to spend time with God, my husband, and our daughter. Not distracted by the tasks of the day but fully focused on loving them.
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One of the best things I can do for my household today is to give God, my husband, and our daughter my full love and attention while letting go of everything else, just for a little while.
That’s the to-do list that really matters.