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Sep
16

Don’t Expect ‘Easy’

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beach vacationSeveral months ago I found myself struggling with discontent. Somehow I was frustrated with juggling work, kids, family and life – annoyed that I had so much responsibility. At every little interruption or act of disobedience from the kids I would get snappy.

I started asking God the reason for my attitude. “Why am I reacting so badly?” I wondered.

He spoke into my spirit, “Stop expecting it to be easy. I didn’t promise an easy life but that I have the strength that you need for all of life.”

Was it true? Was I expecting life to be easy?

Truth be told how many of us have that thought? Let’s look at some of the things we say and other people say:

  • I can’t wait for my kids to get a little older when they can play together better.
  • I can’t wait for the kids to be school so I have more time.
  • I can’t wait till……

In our minds we think that life will get easier; that the next stage of life will be somewhat easier than this one. This attitude focuses our minds away from the present. Leaving us with less mental capacity to deal with the challenges we are currently facing.

But how could I change my view point?

I had been focusing my mindset on the things I could do to make my life easier. My mind was going in a thousand different directions thinking of things like:

  • Maybe I should hire a house cleaner
  • It would free up my time if one kid was in preschool and one in public school.
  • How can I work more hours?
  • If only I had a husband who did laundry.

As I took a step back from the running thoughts, I began to think through realistic expectations for my current situation.

  • I know each day will have some interruptions
  • I am not supermom who can have a perfectly clean house, three children and a business (some mess is ok)
  • I don’t need to cook everything homemade (it’s ok to buy cookies, bread, pizza etc.)
  • The children are not grown-ups so don’t expect them to act like it.
  • I don’t need to work more hours as I have a good routine. (The business doesn’t run me, I run the business)

When I began to sort through my life and the struggles I was having I realized my mind had been focused on trying to get to an ‘easier’ stage. Yet the truth is I don’t want easy and no part of life is easy. If I worked a 9-5 job there would be pressures as well. If the kids went to school outside the home there would be a new set of challenges. When my expectations of looking for an easier life changed, I began to be able to focus on finding victory in my current situation.

We all have challenges.

Look at Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” He is our refuge, He has the strength for this challenge. He promises help!

Ponder James 1:2-4 “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.…”

He is there to guide us, give wisdom. Strengthen us. If life was easy we wouldn’t be growing.

Expect Him to be there with the guidance, wisdom and strength rather than expecting easy.

Lord, grant me wisdom for today, to know what the priorities are. Help me to expect the challenges and deal with them gracefully, with strength and dignity. Thank you for the challenges unique to my life which you have used to develop my character and to draw me closer to yourself. Amen

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Naomi Fata is a small business owner, operating a sewing business, Love Stitches by Naomi, out of her home. She is passionate about encouraging other moms who are looking for home based employment. Naomi is also the author of Beyond Head Knowledge; Knowing Christ who Satisfies our Hearts. In all things, whether through writing, business or homemaking, her vision is that God’s love would shine through. She is married with three children, and will begin her homeschooling journey in the fall of 2015 as her oldest begins kindergarten. You can connect with Naomi at her blog, facebook, and twitter.

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