Inspirational Moments for Busy Moms
Finding Time for Jesus
Being a mom is a full time job. And every mom knows that trying to juggle the demands of raising children and a relationship with Jesus can be quite challenging. But if there's one thing I've learned over the last 35 years, it's that there is nothing more important in my life than my quiet time with Christ.
As our family grows and our children age, our schedule changes over and over again. Often we'll just get into a nice routine that allows us to focus on Christ, when all of a sudden something changes, and we have to start over again to find a spot on the daily list of "things to do" for our precious time with our Savior. It's nice to have some short reading, something that fits into the busyness, gives us a place to start in scripture and offers some words to help us meditate on Jesus throughout the day.
The short readings you'll find below are designed to fill that bill. The plan is to make them short enough that you can read them quickly, but deep enough to give you something to chew on all day. I pray that they will bless you as you grow in Jesus Christ!
Are You Ready to Dance with the Prince?
[Jesus said] “I am making everything new.”
I am almost finished reading a book by Joanna Weaver called “Having a Mary Spirit. In one of the last chapters, Mrs. Weaver likens us to Cinderella. She says,
“I think most of us think that way [seeking instant transformation instead of doing a little work] at some time or another. I call it the “Fairy-Godmother Syndrome.” We don’t want to be challenged; we just want to be changed. Don’t tell us to work out our salvation, God. Just wave Your wand, sprinkle pixie dust, and viola! We’ll be what we’ve always wanted to be – Cinderella Christians complete with a new gown, glass slippers and a glistening coach to ride.”
She goes on to elaborate a bit, but her analogy set my brain in motion with analogies of how the Cinderella story coincides with our life.
You see, much like Cinderella, we want more out of life. It doesn’t matter that we have pretty good lives, much better than sitting in cinders as the maid, most women have at least a day every now and then when they wish a fairy godmother would show up and send them to a ball, preferably somewhere in the Caribbean. Additionally, when things finally start to go our way, we tend to run from the “Prince” and put our hope in the fairy godmother.
But here are some comparisons I think we can make between Cinderella and Christianity.
- Trusting in the fairy godmother brings temporary beauty and happiness while a relationship with the “Prince” is a lifetime of riches and blessing
- The fairy godmother may help us find the “Prince”, she may allow the glass slipper to hang around, but if we keep focused on the fairy instead of the “Prince” we’ll miss the riches and the blessing.
- When the “Prince” comes to find us, we can’t keep hiding in the bedroom if we want to spend the rest of our lives with Him.
Joanna Weaver points out the main problem with having the “Fairy-Godmother Syndrome.” The fact is is that when we trust in the Fairy-Godmother instead of creating relationship with the “Prince,” eventually the clock will strike midnight, the gown will turn to rags and we’ll be left to walk back home in our bare feet.
Never forget that Prince Jesus already loves you. He’s waiting for you at the ball. Don’t settle for the short term promise the world gives, don’t run off just because the clock is striking twelve, just keep dancing with the “Prince.” He doesn’t mind your rags or your bare feet!
This is the book mentioned above. The women of our church used it as a study. It was good at helping us grow. Excellent book and study!