Sometimes daily life has such a beautiful steady rhythm to it.
Getting up early is [almost] easy. There is time to read the Bible, exercise, and get dressed before the kids wake up.
There is energy to cover the basics of child-training and homeschooling and then explore the world together. After all the normal housework is done, there is time to pursue goals and cross things of the to-do list.
It’s a season of bounty and blessing.
Then something happens.
Maybe it’s a protracted sickness, or job loss, or tragedy, or maybe even the blessing of welcoming a new child into your home.
Suddenly, you enter a season of survival. Just getting the basics done becomes a struggle and the to-do list sits untouched for weeks.
The past few weeks I have been in survival mode.
On top of morning sickness, we were hit with back-to-back stomach bugs that wiped us out for over three weeks, then severe insomnia and a sudden onset of intense shoulder and neck pain. Add in a generous sprinkling of pregnancy hormones, and survival was the name of the game.
Maybe you’re in a season of survival too. Here are a few things that encouraged me these past weeks.
Give yourself grace
God gives me grace. My husband gives me grace. I don’t like giving myself grace. I don’t like letting housework slide while I rest, even when I know that’s what my body needs.
I’d venture a guess that most homemakers feel the same way. We must learn to accept the grace given to us. As my sis-in-law reminded me, “When we get to the end of our lives, God isn’t going to ask how clean our house was.”
Prioritize the essentials
Hand-in-hand with accepting grace, is learning to prioritize. There are some things that simply must get done. When your household has the stomach flu, keeping everyone hydrated and washing laundry make the list.
Vacuuming the floor and folding laundry don’t. Much as it grates against my nerves, having laundry skip the dresser and go straight from the dryer, to a pile on the couch, and onto my child is not a moral wrong.
I wish I could say that I haven’t complained at all the last few weeks. I have. I shouldn’t have.
“In everything give thanks,” God commanded. It’s amazing how much there is to be thankful for when you stop whining and start looking: a wonderful husband, modern conveniences, a sunny day, caring family, and a God who sustains.
See the funny
My natural tendency is to take life pretty seriously. That can be a bad thing.
Learning to see the humor in an icky situation makes it much easier. There have been lots of moments that I’ve had to choose to see the funny. Like the time when I thought we were all better so made a much-needed Aldi run. Halfway through, I started feeling terribly nauseous. Throwing up in a public bathroom has little appeal to me, so I hurried and finished our shopping and bought a paper bag.
We got the groceries out to the car, loaded up and I felt slightly better. I put the paper bag on the passenger seat. I can always just pull over, I thought, besides, we have to get home! Guess who pulled right behind me? A highway patrol man. Throwing up on the side of a busy street no longer seemed like a great idea. We (barely) made it home.
My sisters showed up just then to help out. After a race to the bathroom, I laid on the couch and laughed.
Life is funny. (Sisters are awesome!)
Put your expectations in Jesus
When the stomach bug first hit our house, I woke up each morning expecting surely today we’ll be better! Each morning I was wrong. As my hopes were dashed day after day, I realized that I was putting my hope in the wrong place. I was expecting health and happiness, instead of expecting that God’s strength would be sufficient for the day, whatever it held.
I’ve still shed plenty of tears, but whenever my expectations are in Christ and His strength, He always give grace to sustain me through the moment.
How has Christ sustained you through seasons of survival?
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rxn_Uw88Yoc/TzA-vqzLvhI/AAAAAAAABD4/cu_H0NjvdyE/s200/Anna+Christensen.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Anna is redeemed through grace so boundless she can’t begin to comprehend it…but stands in awe of God’s mercy to her! She is a blessed wife and mother of three precious children. She is a full-time homemaker and believe building a home for God’s glory is a high and noble calling. She seeks to capture the daily adventure of this calling on her blog, Feminine Adventures. There she writes about her passions: Christian womanhood, mothering the little years, homemaking, frugality and natural living. You can also join her on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.[/author_info] [/author]