Welcome to the first week of the Mother’s Rule of Life online book study! For this week, you will need to read Chapters 1 & 2 – I Reach the Breaking Point and A Rule of Life, respectively.
There were several things about these chapters that stood out in my mind. The first was that I have no business feeling as stressed as her (or some of you) with my well-behaved two year old girl. Some of you women amaze me and all I can think is that God truly provides the grace that you need when you need it and not until!
The second thing hits me EVERY TIME I read this book:
Jesus was perfectly willing to bless my efforts, but first he had to have efforts to bless!
She also makes the point that you have to apply all of yourself to the task. If you vocation is marriage, motherhood, and being a homemaker, it’s still a job! You have to look at it as you would if you were an employee working for pay except that your pay is the heavenly kingdom of God. You have to give all 5 loaves and BOTH fish (Matthew 14:14-21)! In just the short time that I had realigned my priorities in December, I still got to blog. I even got these posts written, but my child got to play and read, we had family time and the kitchen was clean and everyone had clean undies, too. I call that success!
I also found it interesting to think of a rule of life being essential responsibilities and that you should start with your principles & spiritual goals–I always tended to start with my essential cleaning lists that CAME FROM SOMEONE ELSE. I also created lists of things I WANT to do, not necessarily things I HAVE to do. It’s been refreshing to come up with a list starting with what is REALLY necessary and starting with first things first: prayer, person, partner, parent, provider.
Obviously, you have something you want to learn or change or you wouldn’t be doing this study with me. What do you hope to change in the course of these next two months? Is there an area of your life that seems to take on a life of it’s own that you are struggling with? Is there anything in these first two chapters that seemed to strike you where you stood?
Go ahead and share your answers in the comments, or post a link to your blog post in the comments.
If you are using the workbook, work on the first section: Assessing Where Your Time Goes. Also, for next week, grab a binder if you don’t already have a household notebook/control journal set up. If you do have one, we’ll be adding to it/changing it. If you don’t, we’ll start from scratch :).
Next week, we’ll be discussing the first P: Prayer.