I remember those days, feeling life was taking a lot out of me. Feeling my child was needing so much from me. And, at times, feeling I had so little left to give. I survived those days by taking some advice from Moses in Psalm 90:12. It was a simple prayer of his that refocused me on what was most important and warned me not to wish away that season of life too quickly:
“So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”
Most of us have no idea when we will draw our last breath. So, with that in mind, asking God to help us number our days, or be aware that our lives will someday come to an end, is one way of saying “Lord, help me live in a way that counts. Give me discernment to know what will last and what will not so I can live wisely.”
It’s natural, at times when our children are young, to want to stay under the covers and not face the day, especially when you feel like getting out of bed will result in feeling run down. But our altitude (how high we can keep our spirits, or how low we can sink in motivation or despair) is directly affected by our attitude. So, we need to remember the reason we still live, breathe and have our being.
We were created to love God and enjoy Him forever. He’s given us certain blessings that we only have so long on this earth to enjoy. So when life starts to feel like drudgery, we must “number our days” so we can live wisely.
As you lie in bed searching for your motivation to get up and get going, here are some facts you can focus on — and some ways you can “number” your days:
- Life is short. Make these 12 hours of daylight count by doing at least one thing you’ve never done before.
- Your children are growing fast. Do something with them today that they will remember throughout their childhood.
- You aren’t guaranteed a tomorrow…for yourself or your children. If this were your last day to live on this earth how would you approach it? Keep that in mind as you go throughout the day.
- You are on a limited-time assignment. God has given you a task to raise these children and it will be over in a matter of years that will race by like seconds. Study them today. Memorize their little faces. Take notes on what you observe. Make every moment with them count.
So teach us to number our days,
that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
What one thing can you do to make this day stand out in your mind — and theirs — as a gift from God?
By Cindi McMenamin
Wife to Hugh
Mom of 1 grown daughter
1 Corinthians 13 Team Member
Women’s Speaker, Author of When You’re Running on Empty and 14 other books
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When You’re Running on Empty.