I don’t know what it is about women, but we all seem to have this need to make lists and check things off said list. List-making is relaxing. It’s inspiring. It’s motivating! It’s romantic, in that way that only a woman could find pen and paper.
Can I get a witness?
I’m sure not everyone is this way, but I know tons of mamas, myself included, who will go so far as to put something on the to-do list, that wasn’t originally there, after they’ve done it, just so they can cross it off (yes. we know this is a little crazy).
Again, who else is with me??
Honestly, I don’t think this is a bad thing. I think that often times we wives and mothers are driven to accomplish because God has placed this desire in our hearts to do our jobs – jobs both inside and outside the home.
But like every good thing, it can easily get distorted… especially by lies from the enemy, telling us that we aren’t doing enough.
One of the hardest things for me about being a stay at home mom is the lack of “productivity”.
Let’s talk about that for a minute. When I think of productivity, I immediately think of chores around my house. I think of cooking and cleaning and planning. Again, good things. But is that really the mark that I want to use to define a successful day for myself?
In some ways – Yes! I think it is a very good thing to desire a home that is well taken care of. That is one of the most fun things about being a homemaker… creating a space that is loved and that makes other feel loved.
But I personally don’t think a clean and organized home should be the pinnacle of success in a mom’s mind! So. How should we measure our success from day to day? For those of us who thrive on getting things done, how can we put that trait to good use as a godly wife and mother?
I’ve started working on a daily checklist for myself. This is something I am using to keep myself focused on what I believe to be important, and also to remind myself that the hard and holy work of motherhood is an accomplishment in and of itself. I think this checklist is applicable to stay-at-home moms and working moms alike. Check it out, and let me know what you think I should add!
- Pray for your husband
- Pray for your kids, individually, by name
- Hug each of your kids
- Kiss each of your kids
- Tell your husband you love him
- Tell your husband you’re proud of him, and thank him for something he did for you and your family that day
- Tell each of your kids, individually, you love them
- Get on the floor, and play with your kids
- Tell each of your kids at least one thing you love about them
- Read/tell a Bible story to your kids
- Sing with your kids (maybe teach them songs about Jesus or praise songs!)
- Tell each of your kids that Jesus loves them
- Pray with your kids before bedtime
- Pray with your husband after your kids go to sleep
I am anxious to hear what else you would add to this list. Let’s encourage each other in this daily walk of motherhood we are so privileged to have!