Friday, October 12

temperature check

"The test of a man's religious life and character is not what he does in the exceptional moments of life, but what he does in the ordinary times, when there is nothing tremendous or exciting on. The worth of a man is revealed in his attitude to ordinary things when he is not before the footlights." ~ Oswald Chambers

When I read this during my morning devotions, it struck me how it really applied to stay-at-home moms. Daily life is just that....daily. It is a mundane regular routine that happens daily. Get up, make coffee, let the dogs out, do devotions, exercise, kiss the husband good-bye as he goes to work, get kids up and breakfast going, do devotions for the second time, do school, do laundry, do some cleaning, feed the kids again, run to the post office and grocery store, do more school, do more laundry, do more cleaning, feed the family again, pick up the floor for the night, tuck the kids into bed, ETC. Nothing too tremendous or exciting in that routine as it's quite ordinary.

So, what's the key? Our attitude before the Lord. Realizing that even though no one on this earth may ever notice our service, God does. He calls us to be faithful. And He calls us to love and train the children He has given as gifts....on a daily basis. One of my favorite verses applies here: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." ~ Colossians 3:23 If our heart attitude is right before Him, it will reflect in serving in our home hopefully keeping our steps light and our heart bright. I think of the saying that the mother is the thermometer of the home. Her presence sets the temperature of everyone around her in the household. Do a temperature check today!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

2 comments:

Cynthia said...

What a wonderful devotion for today. When I am feeling truly mundane, I think of at as preparing for the Lord to come visit. Makes the whole day much brighter :)

mom said...

I think that's a great reminder to keep in our minds. His presence is always with us, yet how often do we really stop to think about that during our day? Good point!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

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