by Julie Bruce
Being a mom and wife is one of the most awesome experiences a woman could know. It can also be one of the most hardest and exasperating experiences. In the moments that you are overwhelmed, exhausted, working on the third load of laundry, changing the baby’s diaper for the sixth time today, up all night with a child not feeling well, trying to figure out how to make the groceries last to the next pay day, and trying to fix dinner with a fussy baby on your hip, what words come out of your mouth? In Proverbs 31: 10-31, Solomon write about the “capable wife” and describes her characteristics. In verse 26, he writes that whenever she opens her mouth, words of wisdom and loving instruction are on her tongue. So in the crazy moments of life, what words come out of your mouth. It is helpful if we can practice “the pause” in these moments, which simply means that you take a deep breath in, hold it for a few seconds, and slowly let it out. During that process try sending up a “mayday prayer.” A mayday prayer is a short, simple, quick prayer that is a cry for help. Maybe your mayday prayer is, “Lord! Give me strength!” or “Lord, let my words honor you.” or “Lord! Help!” Then as you slowly exhale, think about the words you will say before they come out of your mouth and make sure they are loving, full of wisdom and will honor God.
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