All of your comments from last week on this post and this post have my head a-whirling with ideas. You guys even blew away The Hubster with your honest and insightful comments. His comment to me? "Those ladies need to be a little easier on themselves." I couldn't agree more.
I want to start by talking about my foundation for creating a home that is a sanctuary for my family. If my foundation is shaky then nothing else I do matters.
I don't think I've made it a secret that I am a Christian. Not in a "yeah, we go to church sometimes" kind of way. But in a "Jesus changed me and changed my life" kind of way. I know that not everyone shares my beliefs and I won't beat you over the head with them but I think it's important for you to understand where my perspective comes from on this topic.
If I am not spending time with my Lord, nothing else is right. My attitude is poor and the work spins out of control. Now this isn't to say that if I spend time with God each day that my attitude is perfect and life just buzzes along merrily. But the odds are much more in my favor when I do.
A few months ago, I was feeling convicted for not starting each day with some time of quiet prayer. At around that same time, my friend Sarah Mae from Like a Warm Cup of Coffee told me about a group called the 5:16 club. It's a group of blogging women who have come together to support one another in our efforts to have time with the Lord before our day begins.
I won't lie. I am NOT a morning person. Getting up before the sun (or my kids, or The Hubster) isn't easy. It's hard. I have to pray about every night before I go to sleep if I have any hope of getting up at that hour. I frequently get out of the routine and have to recommit.
But it's worth it. It makes a difference. I'm different when I spend that time with the Lord first thing in the morning. It's worth it.