Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “Be very careful then, how you live, not as unwise, but as wise—making the most of every opportunity.”
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Good morning moms! Man it’s hard to get up when it’s pitch dark outside. The days are going by so fast. Summer has turned into fall in the blink of an eye.
I don’t know about you, but for me, the days seem to go by faster and faster as I get older. Things are moving at the speed of life. Watching my own daughter getting ready to have her first baby is really forcing me to re-evaluate where I’m spending my time and energy. It’s driving the point home for me that life is moving fast.
I want to encourage you spend your time doing those things that will yeild the greatest eternal impact.
Spending time with your kids is more important than Facebook, it’s more important than Pinterest, more important than your blog. It’s so easy, isn’t it, to sit down and lose ourselves in someone else’s life online. It’s easy to think that other moms have it all together—when in reality, we’re missing out on those little ones who want to play with us and spend time with us when we waste our time comparing our lives to the lives of others.
Now, I’m not talking to you about anything that I haven’t struggled with in my own life. It’s easy for me sit down at my blog and write while my children are doing other things—and often, I find that I regret not spending time with them.
Real life is happening all around us all the time. When I look into Ephesians 5, I see Paul’s exhortation that we need to make the most of every opportunity. Easier said than done, right? But spending time with our husband and children—nurturing real relationships matters.
Real life isn’t found on Facebook or Instagram or Google+ or Pinterest or your blog. Real life doesn’t look like Pinterest, no matter how much we love it! Real life is found in spending time with the ones that we love. It’s found in investing in the relationships that God has made us directly responsible for. Those relationships start with the marriage relationship, and then our children, and then relationships in other areas of life.
The relationship with the Lord is the most important of all these relationships—and when we can find a few moments to spend with the Lord in prayer each day, we can find the blessing that comes from walking with God.
If you’ve been sensing a gentle nudge toward being online less and “in life” more, I want to encourage you today to really listen to that voice. Chances are pretty good it’s the Holy Spirit, trying to remind you to focus on the things that really matter. Moms, there is always going to be time for lesser important things. But the truly important things, like spending time with your husband, talking heart-to-heart with your teens (even when they look like they’re not listening) and reading to your kids—those things won’t wait.
What is the Lord teaching you, busy mom? I hope you will feel free to share it here—it’s good to hear what God is doing in the lives of others.