A blogger on Facebook asked her readers yesterday what our motto was for the week. I wrote “full steam ahead”. With a full time job, a child in the 5th grade in public school, and homeschooling my 8th grade girl, I’d better be functioning in full steam ahead mode.
But then I got to thinking how most days I feel like the little engine that could, who saw the momentous task ahead of him and could only hope that he would make it.
“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can….”
I get up in the morning, set my feet to the floor and am off and running. Get the kids up, make breakfast, pack lunches, help find clothes among the pile of unfolded laundry, reminders to brush teeth and hair, bite my lip every time I want to say “hurry, we’re going to be late”. By the time 8:30AM rolls around, I am already exhausted and completely out of steam.
How does a busy mom stay full of steam in this season of life? I want to remain full enough to get through the day without running out of fuel before the steepest climb.
I think of how in the old days a fire was kept burning when fresh coals were put into it. Those coals had to be continually moved around, stoked, or the fire would burn out. If I want God to blow upon the embers of my heart, I first must go to Him. On those busy and hectic mornings when the little fire in me says “I think I can”, it can grow to a full erruption if I would allow Him to fill me, to be my fuel for the day.
I want to be prepared each and every day, to start the day right, to get up and say, “Full steam ahead” and not “I think I can”. This is only possibly when I purpose in my heart to give Him first place, to make Him my morning cup of satisfaction. I fall short. I’m not always on my game. I would rather be off and running alongside of Him, than having Him push me up the hill.
How about you friends? Do you start your mornings with the motto, “full steam ahead” or “I think I can”? How can you be assured that you will have the energy and stamina you need for each new day?
Linking up with my dear friend Beth today for Three Word Wednesday. Consider joining us!