“and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude]”
EPHESIANS 4:23 AMP
Hello and congratulations, parents, on making it to June! We might be a little banged up from the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robot round with May, but we came out alive and hey, my kids have all their teeth. I’m not even kidding, I am literally 100% proud of that. May had every single tiny square on our family’s customized Shutterfly calendar lit up! Somewhere around the end of last month we were getting ready to head to my niece’s 8th grade graduation when I heard our 9 year old casually walking through the living room asking, “Anyone seen my toothbrush? I think it’s in my sleepover bag.” Y’all, it had been FOUR DAYS since that child’s last sleepover.
Between loading my ClickList at midnight and trying to sell the excitement and “spontaneity” of having cereal for dinner, there were times I strongly considered just buying more underwear because another load of laundry had me like WOAH. With the weekdays feeling so full and a little messy, I could sense an assault on my spirit by Sunday morning! I was sure that if anyone saw us on the way to church they would see Cruella de Vil driving a 2006 Mariner, tossing Blueberry PopTarts at her kids faces. And you know what? That’s exactly how the enemy comes for us, calculated and infiltrating the places that feel super vulnerable and out of control. Bit by bit, he steals our perspective and plants seeds of self-doubt. He sends a spirit of overwhelm to chip away at our days while our laundry piles up and dishes fill our sinks. We dodge the splash of life’s “extra”, believing we’re already in too deep.
But friends, there is a reason God instructs us to renew our minds. Busy weeks are part of life! Mounds of laundry, stacks of dirty dishes, lost tooth brushes, and serving up Cinnamon Toast Crunch for dinner doesn’t make us terrible parents! If the enemy can paralyze our sense of worth and keep us from living fully present inside each day with our families, then he gains access to the most influential piece of our kingdom purpose: our parenting. So take back your territory, cannonball into the deep-end like you’re living for the splash, and I’ll see you at the ClickList pickup!