Days blend together. Deep in motherhood, it’s difficult to discern where one ends and another begin, don’t you think? Wakened countless time in the dark quiet of night. Holding little warm children close to your chest, your eyes heavier than theirs to be sure, or maybe all your little ones graced you with sleep early on? Still, you lie awake at night wondering over them, pondering whether or not you’re doing this most important thing just right. Motherhood just messes with sleep! It’s easy to get lost in mothering and forget to raise our heads up from the task long enough to survey what we are creating.
Every home has a culture, a pattern, a rhythm. Think of it this way if you will, our habits define the culture of our homes. Have you taken any time yet this year to consider what kind of culture you are creating? I’ve been pondering this one myself. It’s easy to get hurried and distracted by things, but if we will force ourselves to slow, we often find that there is time and space to prayerfully and thoughtfully think through our lives and the culture in our homes.
There are no perfect homes that goes without saying doesn’t it (laughing smile)?! There are homes that exalt Jesus to greater and lesser degrees. For the whole of our lives we can learn to exalt Christ all the more by repenting of our sin and teaching our children the glorious Gospel that they might do the same. Every home is made up of sinful people, and so the culture in every home has need to change and that regularly and intentionally to fit the Word of Christ as well as the season of life. Seasons in motherhood change swiftly and so many times we are in multiple seasons all at once. I’ve sat across the table over dinner with my husband at a restaurant with a notebook open before us trying to discern where our family was and where it was going. Those kinds of conversations are always so meaningful for us. It goes beyond the standard date night into vision casting, not for an 8-5 job, but for the work that honestly matters most. Whether or not your husband is in a place to pray and envision with you, you can get alone with Jesus and do this very same thing.
We are going to spend a bit of time at the start of the year talking about the culture we create in our homes and how to do that in manner that glorifies Christ. Every home is unique, filled with people with unique callings. We are not cookie cutter families and that would be the dullest thing in the world after all, wouldn’t it? However, among families who choose to honor Christ as Lord there will be commonalities even if the ways in which these things occur are varied in how they are lived out. I’m inviting you to join me in this blog series and to think more deeply than perhaps you have about the culture of your home, what the culture currently is and what Christ Jesus desires it to be. Would you be willing to take the time to think and pray this through, preferably with that Bible open wide and a heart willing to change.
This is my prayer for our families today.