I have five kids with the ages of fifteen, five, three, and nine month old twins. Sometimes, I have to run errands with my twins while my husband is at work and the older kids are at school. I try to plan my errands around when my husband is home because to be quite honest, it’s just easier! It is no easy task to travel twenty minutes(I live in the country) to the grocery store with the twins at all! When I go to the store with them, I have to get two carts. One cart is for the twins and the other for the groceries. On top of that, I have to walk thru the store with the two carts, carry the diaper bag on my bag, AND keep them as happy as possible so the already hectic trip can be at least peaceful. So you can imagine by the end of this grocery trip, I am just EXHAUSTED!
A typical day for me starts out with getting Theo, my five-year-old and Isaac, my three-year-old ready for school. After they are ready, I then move onto getting the twins, Jasmine and Jeremiah ready to go. Once Theo is on the school bus and on his way to school, I quickly pile Isaac, Jasmine, and Jeremiah into the van and head to Isaac’s school. When I arrive at the Isaac’s school, I get the double stroller out for Jasmine and Jeremiah. I then get Isaac out and we walk through the grass (There’s no ramp) to walk Isaac to class. Once Isaac is signed in and settled, I then walk back through the grass yet again to head home. In the afternoon, around 1:15, this whole process starts again.
During the time that the kids are at school, I am at home being thrown back and forth between Jasmine and Jeremiah. Thankfully, now that they are a little older, things are starting to get a little easier and not as hectic. Either that, or I have just gotten used to it by now. By the grace of God, I am able to at least have my quiet time with God and do a few things around the house.
Most people I have come across have asked me the same question: “How do I do it?” Without a second thought, I simply reply with……PRAYER! LOTS AND LOTS OF PRAYER!
I could not do what I do with out God. I pray for strength every morning when I wake up. Proverbs 3:5-6 states the following:
(5) “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. (6) “In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.”
Those verses only confirm my answer to people. I lean on God for strength and understanding. While leaning on Him, I trust completely that He will take care of me. While leaning and trusting, I am more than confident that in all aspects of my life….God has my back!
Due to the fact that I recognize and acknowledge that God is and always will be with me, He makes my paths clear to me. Therefore, what looks to be a crazy and hectic life to someone is actually a clear and simple life to me.
I urge you to not look for strength within yourself. Look to God. Let Him be with you in the battle field. You will still have your trials and tribulations, but I can assure you that you will not be alone.