As wives and mothers, what things large and small does God ask each us individually to be obedient to that will eventually become no-brainers for us?
*NOTE: I have plenty of friends whose children have trouble sleeping through the night, or who have special circumstances which make getting up in the morning period a huge challenge, let alone getting up before the family to pray. I’m simply sharing one goal I personally have felt called to. I think the point is that God means us each to find some time each day to pray and re-center our lives on Him, whether it’s in the morning or a few stolen minutes of quiet time at some other point in the day.*
I think we are created to do well whatever God has entrusted us with in our lives. And centering our lives on prayer–instead of fitting it in if we get everything else done–is the very first step to doing everything else in our lives well. If getting up at a certain time generally helps me be a better wife and mother, in that practically it really does help me be more peaceful, organized and “pre-prayered” for my family and my day, then I think I’m at the point where I really need to look at getting up on time as obedience to my vocation–and to God.
Our culture trains us to distrust the word “obedience.” The word certainly used to give me the heebie-jeebies, especially when I was starting to prepare for marriage a few years ago and I had to really look at Church teaching on marriage! For once, I rebelled initially at what I saw as a list of old-fashioned rules. Once I honestly started looking at why the Church teaches what it teaches, I quickly saw the beautiful framework behind everything, and like my little Gabriel with the hot stove, more quickly than I ever expected I no longer even needed the “rules.” I came to know and understand deeply which actions, behaviors and choices upheld my dignity and integrity as a woman, as well as the dignity of the vocation of marriage.
I know that I have readers who enjoy my blog but secretly think I’m a little scrupulous and unrealistic. Maybe they think that I’m a sweet, but idealistic girl with pretty thoughts that sound nice, but are a little over-the-top. “Obedience?” they think. Don’t be so hard on yourself. That’s unhealthy.
Loving God with all your heart, soul, body and mind is over-the-top. I’m not a saint, but that’s the goal! We are all called to be saints. (And that is a very true, very challenging, and little-known teaching of the Catholic Church.:) Probably every saint that ever lived was considered over-the-top by everyone around them, I’ll bet. It’s supposed to be that way. If we’re doing things right, we will stick out in our world without even trying–just like the saints. I think we can all agree how much the world needs Christians–and Catholics, for that matter!–who stick out in a good way.:)