There was only a scoop of ice cream left in the container. I knew it wasn't enough to share with my four and one-year-old. Besides, it was coffee ice cream, my favorite. It also wouldn't be a good idea to give them sugar and caffeine together. Looking back into the container, I made a definite conclusion that sharing my dessert was not an option. Unfortunately for them, there were no other sweets in the house. My dessert would have to be consumed in secret.
Could I sneak into my bedroom to eat my ice cream? Maybe the closet would be a good choice. No, my oldest would think something strange was going on. If Mommy isn't in the usual places, she eventually wanders off to investigate.
While the girls were happily playing throughout the house, my ice cream was beginning to melt. I had to think fast. Ah-ha! The laundry room is a great room! I'm in there often enough, and they don't usually play in there. They would never suspect! (At least, I hoped.)
After quickly scooping the ice cream into a bowl, I calmly made my way to the laundry room. Success! Every bit of the coffee flavored goodness was well worth a little strategic work. I ate my ice cream in peace with absolutely no children begging for a bite!
If you are a mother with young children, you can relate to my experience. With life hustling around you and little ones grabbing for your attention, it can be near impossible to enjoy a dessert for yourself. Even if they have their own sweets, for some reason, they are always wanting a little of yours, (at least mine do).
Life changes when you become a mother. Many told me it would, but I never believed them. Now, I know. The hustle and bustle of a house full of laughter, love, and chaos is a lot. It's life changing but definitely for the better.
Just as I escape with my desserts, I've also learned, I must escape to be with the Lord. (Interesting how God teaches me from an everyday pleasure of life, right?) I treasure my time with the Lord, and I must pursue time alone with him. The difficulty is, my children are in constant need of my attention, and the quiet moments with God are harder to come by as a mom. It seems as if when I wake up early, one of my daughters wakes up early as well. It's hard, but I'm beginning to learn how to seek the Lord throughout the busyness of my day as well. I need to seek him in the quiet but also in the chaos. Whether it's a minute spent in my closet or sitting on my kitchen floor, I need to stop and share my day with him. It may be a quick prayer of thanks or a desperate cry for help. The point is for me to seek him.
This week, as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, receive his calling to “come away” with him. Give him thanks for all the blessings in your life, and also consider what all the blessings reveal about his character.
The study this week will be different from most weeks. For Thanksgiving week, we will be more focused on giving praise based on what each verse reveals about God's character. Will you join me in praising our great God? Whether you spend quiet time alone with him or seek him amidst your chaos, my prayer is for you to delight in his greatness this week. Please click here for the reading guide. Let's begin by reading Nehemiah 9:6, NIV.
“You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.”
As you read this verse, consider these questions:
What does this verse reveal about God's character?
Based on this verse, what do you want to praise him for?
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