But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16
By: Gretchen Speer
A few years ago as Mother’s day was approaching, my DH asked me what I wanted to do on my special day. Sleep in? Breakfast in Bed? Eat at my favorite restaurant? Hmmmm, more like attempt to sleep in while my kids cry for me outside of my bedroom door. Spill eggs all over myself and our bed when the kids crawl in to share. Wait for 30 minutes for a table, then scarf the meal down in the few minutes my kids are all behaving and don’t need my assistance. While I truly appreciated the motive behind those suggestions, I had no desire to participate! I could tell my husband was getting anxious about finding something that would make the day special for me, and so I decided to lift the burden of the usual “Mother’s Day expectations” from his shoulders. I told him I would think about it and get back to him, and that is when I came up with what is now my Mother’s Day tradition. (I need to note that we go to church on Saturday night so I do have the entire day to work with.)
Here is my itinerary:
7ish: Wake up and get ready for the day by myself while Daddy takes the kids to go pick up breakfast.
8ish: Have breakfast with the fam.
9ish: Pack up the kids journals, the laptop, my bible and prayer journal and head to a coffee shop.
This is where I stay for quite a long while. When thinking about what I wanted to do on my Mother’s Day, I knew I wanted to write in the kids journals. (I don’t scrap-book, I just keep a journal for each of them and update them a few times a year. They already enjoy reading them:) When I’m done writing I pick a verse or two to pray over them throughout the year. This is also a time when I try to pick several verses for them to memorize throughout the next year. When I’m done with that I take a while to write in my journal and read. I usually stay at the coffee shop well into the afternoon. When I leave I am both refreshed and emotionally exhausted!
2-3ish: Either do some shopping or meet some other Mommas at the movies.
4ish: Return home and hang out with the fam.
5ish: Go out to eat at a kid friendly restaurant. (I don’t care where we eat as long as I’m not cooking and cleaning up!)
Either during dinner or when we get home I read to the kids what I wrote to them, and tell them the verses that I’m going to pray over them. I do my best to explain why I picked those particular verses for them.
At the end of the evening, I call my Mom. I like to wait to the end of the day so I can tell her about the day. (She lives out of town.)
A few days ago I was talking to a mom friend of mine and she was saying that she thinks all moms need time outs where they can have their reset button pushed. This Mother’s day tradition has been just that for me. I hope you are able to find some time to reset on your Mother’s Day too!