It was one of those busy days. The kids were running around like crazy — way too much energy pent up and not too much time being able to spend outside. After a bit the energy turned to just a bit of fighting which led to more and more chaos.
I tried telling them to stop it. To tone it down. To quit running.
They needed focus.
Almost immediately my mind remembered how the boys start their martial arts class — and it’s about focus. I’ll hear my Brennan and Caleb speaking the words, “focus your eyes, focus your mind, focus your body, sir.” And then it hit me. What if we prayed for focus? Right now, right in the middle of a busy day.
And we did. We prayed that Jesus would help them focus their eyes, and their minds, and their bodies, and that they would be respectful right now.
It got me thinking. How many times do we go through the day telling our kids to stop, or thinking we can’t do it, or we don’t have patience, and then rely on our own strength to get through the day? We keep pushing and pushing and pushing and yet forget to get on our knees in prayer.
I need to focus.
Less on myself and more on Him.
My prayers need to be an all day thing, not just in the morning or at the table or when there’s a crisis or before bed. It needs to be in those moments when it’s crazy in my house and I’m tired.
Jesus, thank you for being you and for your gift of life. Jesus, right now, right in the middle of parenting, I ask you for your strength, your direction, and your focus. You are my all in all and I thank you for the opportunity to parent, to be a mom, even in the midst of this chaos and crazy day. In fact, thank you for this chaos – as it is my family – and ultimately, even on these hard days, they bring me joy. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.
That is focus.
Prayer is for everything. All day.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5:16-18