Original Run Date: January 21, 2011.
It’s another snow day here in the fine city of Louisville, Kentucky. And that means three things:
1. Kentuckians are very afraid to drive on any amount of snow. Very, very afraid.
2. Our school make-up days will now extend into the summer (which is entirely too short as it stands, in my opinion. Seriously—since when did the entire month of August cease to be part of summer? And now, we will begin eating away at June, too? *sigh* ).
3. My To-Do list is totally shot, again.
Do 2 loads of laundry
Pick up clothes from the dry cleaners
Go to Target
Change the sheets on two of the beds
Mop kitchen floor
Return phone calls
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE me a good snow day. I cherish having my kids home. I like to bake homemade chocolate chip granola bars. I like to make a big ‘ole pot of something hot. I have been known to stay in jammies all day. I get all-nostalgic, remembering as a child playing in four-foot snow drifts, and thawing out in front of the heating vent with a cup of hot chocolate.
But running a household of five takes a certain amount of organization and self-discipline. Snow days don’t really scream “Let’s have a day of organization and self-discipline!” do they.
I know, I know. I’ve been a mother long enough to realize I need to go-with-the-flow on days like today. But honestly, something about setting aside all I have to do (again) generates a bit of anxiety within me. The slightest hint of frustration. Blowing it all off for the sake of another snow day means tomorrow’s chores instantly multiply. And I already feel like I don’t have enough hours in the day to do all I need to do today. Know what I’m saying?
So, this morning as I lay in bed, watching the sun peek over the trees, listening to the stirrings of children emerging from their warm beds, I think about everything I intended to do today that won’t happen. And in my pre-caffeinated anxiety, I hear the undeniable whisper of God.
Be gentle: with children who spill dry cereal on the carpet, forget to make their beds and fail to brush their teeth.
Be patient: when absolutely no one moves as quickly as you want them to.
Be kind: to everyone, always.
Be present: to a little boy who wants to share with you every detail of the dragon he fought and conquered on level nine of his Wii game.
Be fun: with the little girl who is asking you to play doll-house, again. With the kids who are begging you to put on your coat and boots and sled with them down the hill.
Be a peacemaker: when you hear sarcastic tones and angry responses behind closed doors
Be merciful: if you are going to err today, let it be on the side of mercy.
Be self-controlled: Pause before you respond, before you react.
Be pure in heart: Let the motivation for everything you do today be the extension of My love to your children and your husband.
Be full of faith: I know exactly where you are today. I created the snow. I created your children. I saw this day before it ever came to be. And I have lovingly and graciously equipped you to DO and to BE all I called you to DO and BE.