Today my guest blogger is Betsy Price. Betsy is a friend and fellow church member and she recently wrote this blog for the blog Eternal Encouragement. Betsy Price has been married to her husband Mike for almost 25 years. She has her Bachelor's degree in education and has taught in the classroom. After many years of infertility, God blessed Mike and Betsy with a beautiful daughter through adoption. Betsy now spends her time serving God and her family through homemaking and home educating. Visit her blog MrsPriceIsRightHomeschooling.com where she shares about homeschooling, homemaking, mothering, wife-ing, and anything else she finds interesting.
Ugh. Time to go get
That was my friends Facebook status.
I know she loves her girls tremendously, but that status
sure did communicate something else to me and probably others. It communicated
that picking up her children from school was an inconvenience. It was an
interruption to her day.
I admit that initially I got a holier-than-thou
attitude. My day was full of my child
because I homeschool. Picking up my child is not an interruption or
inconvenience because my child is with me. I do not surrender my children to
others to teach them, so I have time to myself to get “interrupted” from.
Thankfully, I stopped and thought about my friend again.
Then I thought of me. I realized I was just like her.
Sure, I may not say, “Ugh. Time to go get the kids.” For me, it would be “Ugh. We have to start
school. I am busy trying to get my email checked,” or “Ugh. I can’t believe I
have to get this rat out of your hair again,” or “Ugh. The squirrels playing
outside can wait because I am busy loading the dishwasher.” Even though I may
credit myself for not saying it, it
does not mean I have not thought it.
Yes, I am guilty of the “Ughs,” too. I am guilty of feeling
inconvenienced when my child asks me something or needs me for something.
I know it is not right. So now, when I think “Ugh” I try to
recover by going through U.G.H.
sin. How many times have I corrected my child with, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing” (Philippians 2:14, ESV) and
find myself just as guilty with every silent “Ugh”? “Ugh” is a sign of frustration. Frustration
is a mild anger concerning something or someone getting in the way of what you
want. Remember Colossians 3 tells us to
“Set our minds on thing that are above” and to “put…away anger.” Then we are to put on “kindness, humility,
meekness, and patience.” We cannot be putting on the right things if we are
busy putting on any amount of the wrong thing. Can you put on a sock while you
are putting on a blouse?
you resources. First resource we can grab is the Word of God. Let us soak it up like a sponge, so when we get those
moments of being squeezed, nothing comes out but the Word. Prayer. God tells us to bring everything to Him. He does not leave
out the little things. Confess and ask for help. Christian music can be a big help. Listening to it throughout the
day can keep filling your sponge! One of my favorite weapons is thanksgiving. How better it would be to
say, “Thank You for reminding me of the time and for this math curriculum,”
instead of, “Ugh. Time to start math.”
Or, “Thank you for my child’s hair when there are children with cancer
who have none,” rather than, “Ugh. I can’t believe I have to get this
rat out of your hair.”
calling. You are where you are “…for such a
time as this?” (Esther 4:14). Our purpose is to serve our family regardless of
what inconvenience it may be to us. I really appreciate Charles Spurgeon’s take
on the role of wife and mother. He said, “You are as much serving God in
looking after your own children, and training them up in God’s fear, and
minding the house, and making your household a church for God, as you would be
if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of hosts.”
So instead of “Ugh” let our call be “Hoo-yah!” Instead of a
bother, it is a battle. The day-to-day activities are not merely interruptions,
but calls to invocation for the work of God. So, the next time I say “ugh,” I
will remember to confess my selfishness, give some thanks, and shout a battle
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