The season of motherhood is a busy, busy time and it is easy to get so caught up in the daily stress of managing our homes and our children, that we neglect those things that really matter. We get caught up in that vicious cycle which keeps us from living with purpose. It is hard to live intentionally as a busy mom, and it requires determination and discipline, but it IS possible!
Here are 6 tips to help you live intentionally:
1. Remember your purpose
Your purpose comes from knowing and seeking God daily.
Often as busy moms, we neglect this most important step, and lose sight of the purpose God has for us as wives and moms. As you read His Word daily and ask Him for wisdom, you will find that your days have more purpose.
2. List your priorities and goals.
In order to determine if you are accomplishing God’s goals for you as a wife and mom, you must first identify those goals. (These will become more obvious to you as you seek God’s wisdom daily, and give Him first place.)
As God gives you wisdom and shows you His purpose, you will then be able to develop clear Godly goals. These goals will be your guide as to how to order your days.
3. Be realistic about your expectations.
Remember that you CAN’T DO IT ALL! That’s why it is so important to have clear goals and priorities. Those priorities will enable you to see what you can let go of, and what you should focus on.
Balance begins with accepting your limitations, and remembering that your time and energy are finite.
Don’t burden yourself with unrealistic expectations!
4. Guard your health.
As a mom you cannot give and give without “refilling”. You must refill the well, or it will dry up.
It is vital that you take responsibility for your own health, and self-renewal. When you fail to make that a priority, other things will begin to fall apart in your home, as you deal with health issues that have resulted from that failure to care for your body and health.
5. Learn to manage your time wisely.
God gives us all the same amount of time daily — we get to choose how we use that time. We can use it wisely or waste it.
The first step to managing your time wisely is to schedule time for your priorities and for being intentional.
This may mean getting up a few minutes earlier to spend time with God, scheduling time to do something special with your kids, planning a date with your spouse, or setting up a house cleaning plan to help you better care for your home.
A time audit is a great way to see where you are spending your time, and where you may be wasting it. Simply keep track for a week of what you do each day, then compare the list to your list of goals/priorities and see if you are giving them the time you should.
6. Plug into your source of power by praying daily.
We cannot be the moms we want to be, or live intentionally as we desire to, without God’s help. He invites us to come to Him for strength and wisdom, yet often in our busy lives we don’t take time to plug into that source of power. As a result, we struggle in our own strength and end up discouraged and overwhelmed.
If you are trying to live more intentionally, these 6 steps will help you move toward that goal and begin to live life with more purpose and meaning.
To start living more intentionally today, I encourage you to join me for my Intentional Living Course, which begins on Monday, June 26th.
The videos and workbooks will give you an in-depth look at how to develop clear Godly goals for your life, steps to help you focus more on your relationship with God, develop better relationships in your family, manage your home efficiently, and make the best use of your time.
As a mom of 8 kids who homeschooled for 31 years, I struggled often with being intentional. In the course I share what helped me to move from feeling overwhelemed to peaceful, by taking little baby steps to live each day with purpose.
It IS possible to live life with more purpose and meaning, as well as more peace and success tomorrow.