This is how I like to wake up in the morning. Trust me it doesn’t happen everyday but when I have one of those really spectacular and amazing days-this is how it starts.
If I manage to wake up before the kids, just 5-15 minutes of bible time, and fit a run in.
It shouldn’t be.
As mothers we have spiritual and physical health needs that we should focus on too. After all, we want to pass on biblical values and morales to our children so shouldn’t we begin our day in the word? When I do these two things at the very start of the day, it’s like I go into the day prepared to joyously conquer it.
I prefer the scripture verse before my run as I like to prayerfully meditate on it during my run. This is my goal; 5-15 minutes of bible time daily and then 30 minutes of running 3x per week.
On my days where I have little time that can be 5 minutes of bible time daily and 30 minutes of running. That is 35 minutes for spiritual and physical healthcare and yes you absolutely need it.
Everyone knows this but just in case you have forgotten or you haven’t heard this analogy.
When the airplane is going down, you put the oxygen mask on yourself first even before your own children so you’re capable of taking care of them next.
Which is hard as Christian mothers since scripture also tells us to put others first and ourselves last.
But sisters this doesn’t mean we do it to the point of exhaustion and burnout. In fact, we shouldn’t wait until the plane is going down to put our oxygen masks on. We need to be proactive in our spiritual, mental, and physical healthcare not reactive.
Therefore I repeat, 5-15 minutes of bible time daily followed by some type of cardio 3x per week minimum.
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These are some of my favorite motherly motivations or helpful bible verses I’ve been running on for the last several months.
1. “A hot-tempered person stirs up dissension, but a patient person calms a quarrel.” Proverbs 15:18.
This one isn’t so much motivational as it is helpful. I have been in the throes of sibling bickering and let’s face it-fighting for several months. But this scripture verse has aided me to stay centered on remaining patient during these quarrels.
It has had the desired effect too. As the adult fielding the fight, if we remain patient as we help to resolve disagreements our children remain calm as well.
You know those really bad days? Let’s not pretend they don’t exist. Don’t let my pretty social media pictures fool you. I share those because they’re beautiful and encouraging. However, I don’t want to mislead you into discouragment by letting you think that’s all there is for us. I have bad days, you have bad days, we all have bad days.
The trick is how we handle ourselves during those bad days.
When I am in the trenches I write my verse on my hand. I’m very visual so seeing it is my reminder to stay focused.
When our children are struggling or even challenging, how do we respond? I’ve been working on my tones. Yes, I know this is counter culture as I’ve seen instances where yelling at our kids is glorified or made to be comical but as Christian mothers lets discern for ourselves.
I implemented a phrase for my children long ago to help them during a disagreement with anyone; “Kind voices and nice words.” I’ve personally never have had an issue with words. It’s one of those childhood experiences where I want to do better than the last generation so I vowed not to repeat it. However, ensuring my tone is gentle along with nice redirecting words is a practiced skill. Maybe it’s none of it for you or maybe it’s all of it. Either way, hide this verse in your heart, it will prove useful at some point.
2. “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
An encouraging scriptural reminder of how important our consistent work is as mothers. Do not grow weary of doing good sweet mother, for in due season you will reap.
”l can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
When you’re struggling to persevere, respond gently, or even to be patient give it to God. You will find your full strength in him alone. I pray that this motivates you.
I know some feel this verse is over used in Christian circles but it still bears repeating. To respond in Christ like love is one of the most powerful things we can do as Christian mothers and wives.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
My hope for you today is that you find some motherly motivation somewhere in these scripture verses. That you allow yourself the time consistently for spiritual and physical health care. That you have an amazing and spectacular blessed day.