I've scratched my old to do lists. They plum weren't working for me. The search of perfection in home, in family, in life, wearing this momma out. stealing the joy in our home.
In all my list making attempts, of the mind and on the paper, my priorities jumbled up and fell off the page.
When the simple is overlooked, life mixes up. Smiles tend to fade. Tasks smother joy. Anxiety creeps in. Mommas wither and wilt.
This week, I grabbed my eraser and went after the chalkboard covered lists in my life.
With new chalk and resolve, I copied
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." - Mark 12: 30-31
Smack dab in the word, it hit me. Something I had missed countless times before. The little word as.
To love everyone else, I have to love myself first. I can only love them AS much as I love myself. Its kinda hard to love my neighbor as myself when there's a drought in my love tank.
Wresting a porcupine is easier than truly loving my family when I struggle to love who I am. Ouch. But true. Too true. So, this momma is making a new list. A new 'to do'. Relearning to take care of myself, to love myself. Amazingly, the love spills much easier onto others when I do.
Love God. Love myself. Love everyone else. The new 'to-do' around here.
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