Taking Inventory

I had some quiet time all to myself this morning.  I’m coming down with a bit of a cold, and can’t sleep….so I decided to make some coffee and watch the sunrise.

It was the most amazing morning I’ve had in a long time.  I hope to be able to train myself to get up early every single morning.  Okay, maybe not 4 a.m. …..but the quiet time for reflection, talking to God and Bible study was just what I needed to help clear my head and get me set on the right track.

I’m striving to be a Titus 2 Christian woman/homemaker.  I’m beginning to look at my role as wife and mother…..and my duties in the home not as a chore, but as a calling….and a joy!  I love being able to stay at home and take care of my family, but I need to work on a few things.

I found this quote recently and I love every single word of it:

Decalogue for Daily Living

1. Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively, without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.
2. Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.
3. Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.
4. Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.
5. Only for today, I will devote ten minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.
6. Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.
7.Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure no one notices.
8. Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.
9. Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good Providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.
10. Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for twelve hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.
- Bl. Pope John XXIII
I think sometimes that we as mothers tend to get wrapped up and bogged down with stress, worry and we run ourselves ragged with exhaustion.  We need to stop and take inventory every once and a while.  We need time with God….one-on-one.  We need to recharge our batteries and redirect ourselves from negativity.  Sure, we stumble….no one is perfect!
Let’s begin to look at our work as a blessing from God,  and not an endless list of chores.
That’s what I’m going to work on……I’ve taken inventory…..and I have to replace some things within my own being that have run out.
I’m refreshed and ready to get to work.
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