I don’t know about you, but I’m not really one of those really motivated, driven people. Well, maybe in certain circumstances I can be motivated and driven, but I have found it really difficult since becoming a stay-at-home mom. It is so easy to sleep in as long as the kids do, and move aimlessly from one thing to the next. Until motherhood, I was used to school schedules or work shifts, with teachers or supervisors keeping me in check.
Inspired by Kat’s e-book at Inspired to Action, “Mission Statements for Moms”, I decided that I needed a mission statement of my own. I want to mother with intent and a mission statement is exactly what I need to keep me from losing sight of what is really important to me. If this speaks to you at all, I definitely recommend downloading her e-book and starting a mission statement for yourself.
This is what I have come up with, for now:
As a Believer in and Follower of the Lord, I will follow God whole-heartedly, without fear, wherever He takes me. I will love Him and others, and demonstrate the Fruit of the Spirit in my day to day life.
As a wife, I will love, care for, and support Peter as we live our lives together and submit to him as Christ.
As a mother, I will be a gentle, nurturing and comforting mother who nurtures my children’s curiosities about life. I will teach and model God’s love to my children. I will provide guidance and love as they grow to be people who know, love and serve the Lord.
My mission statement isn’t set in stone, but it definitely serves as a foundation for me as I start out in my new, focused life. I expect that as time goes on, I will add to or even possibly change my mission statement, and that is okay. I wanted to get something down on paper to just get started instead of waiting until I had perfect insight and prose.
After I wrote my mission statement, another one of my favourite blogs, Passionate Homemaking, wrote a blog about developing a personal mission statement. I decided to go a little further and define the steps I would need to take to make my mission statement happen in my life; so I would know and act on only that which was truly important.
As a Believer:
– spend 30 minutes each morning in study and prayer; starting the morning off with prayer (even if it is only two minutes to start, and then having a longer study/prayer time at first nap)
– blog twice a week; writing honestly about my brokenness to bring glory to God
– attend church every week
– serve as a Youth Leader in our church’s youth group
As a Wife:
– pray for Peter each day during daily prayer time
– one on one time each day to stay connected
– weekly dates, even if they are just in the home after the children have gone to sleep
As a Mother:
– rising before my children, as often as possible, to gain focus before the day begins
– pray for my children each day during daily prayer time
– allotting specific and regulated time for social networking, emails, and internet surfing
– daily discussions on age- and developmentally-appropriate bible study
Now, my next step is to make my mission statement visible so that I do not get distracted and forget it! Put it on my night stand, hang it on the fridge, maybe next to the computer or TV… anywhere, so that I don’t become distracted by unimportant things that are vying for my time.