Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Thought for the Day: Remember the most important things
“My arm is starting to hurt” and “My arm is still hurting” are texts that I received from my son that threw me into “Mama Gear” as I jumped to help him. The first message came as I was cleaning and I had not showered and dressed to go out. I wrote him a time I would bring pain medication to the school and rushed to shower and dress. I made it to the school to give him the medication and to make arrangements for the school clinic to give it to him if he had problems again. Two hours later, the second message came. This time with my heart aching with worry, I called the orthopedic doctor to see if I could have my son looked at and rushed to the school to pick him up. You see, we had been told that his fracture was at an angle and could slip out of place. So, with panic and feeling assured that something was wrong, we went straight to the doctor for x-rays. I think both of us feared the worst. To our relief, the doctor said everything looked great. We received instructions for things my son needed to do differently to make it more comfortable and left with smiles on our faces as we knew he was healing properly, not “out of the woods yet” as the doctor said, but healing properly.
In these hours of worry about my son, I realized that the schedule I had planned to clean and run a couple of errands, and my stress level of not having a job, totally went out of my thoughts as I switched gears to that “Mama Gear” and began taking care of my boy. Taking care of my family is what gives me pure delight! I become someone more loving and caring when I am working on a need that comes up in my family. That is when I have to put everything else aside and my “most important things”, my God and my family, come to the forefront of my mind and the other things on my “to do list” go away for a moment. The “Mama Gear” moment reminded me that as we go through our daily routines with all the stressful moments, we need to look to God first and foremost. Putting aside the worries and moments of stress give us open space for God and for our family. God was there in the midst of that moment with my child and He led me through the motions, and in the end we felt His peace. And, being in my favorite “Mama Gear” made me “drive in” smoothly with only love and care.
Prayer: God, thank you for the times when we realize what is truly important. Help us keep that in perspective even when times of stress come. Be with us, Lord, as we fulfill the needs of our families, to be loving and caring not only in times of need but at all times. Help us today. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Mothers