Yesterday morning was a sweet one, although I didn’t recognize it at the time. There I was in the peacefulness of our bed, ALONE, reading the Bible. In comes my husband with his face in his phone playing a silly game. Then he shouts for my daughter to join us, who also brought in her electronic device with all of its noises. Our son, not wanting to be left out, got up into the bed to see what the shiny electronic screens would reveal.
In our peaceful bed
I was once alone, trying to read, in our peaceful bed. Now there was hardly any room for me, in our peaceful bed.
Then the husband gets a Dwight Yoakam song in his head, looks it up on YouTube. Before I know it, “Fast As You” is playing too loudly alongside my daughter’s tablet and my husband is singing at the top of his lungs, in our once peaceful bed.
Needless to say, I was a little cranky. I couldn’t hear myself think, let alone read anymore. There they all were. Happy as clams. There I was, irritated.
Oh and he sang “Fast As You” ALL DAY LONG yesterday.
There will be a day when these little people will no longer be in our home. They will be off to some sport/band practice or they spent the night with a friend or they are away at college. These are the ways in which my husband is better than I. He cherishes better. He relishes better. He lives in the now with the littles better sometimes.
If there is one area in my married life where I don’t think I can praise my husband enough, it is on being a father. He is always present, he is always loving, he is very selfless. Our home isn’t filled with children who ONLY say “Mommy!!??” They say “Daddy!!??” equally as much. While there is a bit of good cop bad cop in the house, we almost equally dole out discipline.
There are moments where I do feel alone or overwhelmed in being a full-time working mother. My home is never ever as clean as I’d like, my laundry is rarely caught up and our meals around here aren’t the best choices. I am praying “full-time” is temporary.
What I was TRYING to ready yesterday was out of Ephesians. It is such a short book in the Bible and I’ve nearly got the entire thing covered in yellow highlighter. Chapters 4 and 5 out of the book pretty much sums up, pretty plainly, how we need to be living our lives.
Live in a manner worth of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing one another through love… – Ephesians 4:1-3
… you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; darkened in understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance, because of their hardness of heart, they have become callous and have handed themselves over to licentiousness for the practice of every kind of impurity to excess. – Ephesians 4:17-19
Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us… – Ephesians 5:1-2
Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. – Ephesians 5:8-9
Do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord. – Ephesians 5:17
I think we can do those things, don’t you? … even when your wee family, and Dwight Yoakam, disrupts your life.