Today was a good day. The kind of day where you sit down at the end, take a deep breath, and think, “Wow! That was easy for a Monday. Why can’t every Monday be like this?” Then you realize that it is a holiday. And your husband was off work. And you didn’t have to do it all yourself. And then, if you are like me at least, you start to worry about next Monday, and the Monday after that, and the Mondays after that stretch on into seeming infinity. And there goes your good mood.

We do a lot on Mondays. I recognize that. Years ago it became the sacred “stay-at-home-all-day” day, and over the years it seems like more has been added to it. It started off as the day that I could guarantee to be home to kick off a good school week. Everyone does better when they have a day to focus, right!?! Well then it naturally became laundry day because it was the one day that I could be sure to hear the buzzer to change the loads. Then the kids got older and started doing more of the chores. They don’t want to do them on the weekends, so why not add them to Monday’s list? Next, I started baking all our bread. You see where this is going? Monday became baking day. Then hockey got added, but “that’s ok because it’s in the evening, so no big deal.” Finally, this year, swim team got dropped in the afternoon with the thought that “at least it isn’t taking up another evening.” And so I generally find myself on this end of Monday feeling like I have reached the end of a marathon while groaning at the rest of the week that lies ahead.

So what is the solution? Obviously, no matter how often I request it, the Army is not going to let my husband stay home every Monday. The truth is, while I enjoy the respite that Mondays like today are, I do not really need him to be here. You see, over the years, I have spent a lot of time in prayer about this. Generally speaking, anytime I have felt overwhelmed by the expectations and responsibilities of life, I have prayed about it. While there have been many instances where God has gently (or forcefully) pointed out where I have overstepped, He has never shown me what to cut out of my Mondays. For a long time, this bothered me. I wanted an “out.” I wanted to listen to friends who told me that if I was overwhelmed, I just needed to simplify. Why wouldn’t God show me what to cut? Why? Simple: it was all good and right and what I was supposed to be doing. Just because it was also hard did not make it wrong. Did you hear that? Hard does not mean wrong. In fact, one of my favorite sayings has become: “It is good, and right, and hard.”

Yet, it turns out that God was using Mondays to teach me more than I originally imagined, and I was struck by it again tonight. God has been using Mondays to teach me about my attitude and the importance of living prayer. You see, at this point, I know that I cannot manage Monday. There is simply too much. The day has become bigger than I can hold. So I have a choice. I can whine and complain and take it all out on my kids, or I can choose peace and joy. Since I am not naturally inclined to be peaceful or joyful, I find myself driven to Him. Whether I succeed with my attitude and find myself thanking Him for His provision, or whether I fail with my attitude and once again find myself begging Him for forgiveness and help, I am spending time with God that would not occur if I had a Monday schedule that I could manage in my own strength. Each week has become a blessed reminder of my complete dependence on Him.

So here I sit at the end of this day, and I find myself thankful. Thankful that He saw fit to provide Will to me today. I’m thankful for the laundry he folded, the dishes he washed, and the hockey practice he is currently attending. And it dawns on me (again). I don’t have to worry about the Mondays to come. Almighty God was, is, and will be there…

Rachel

...a self-avowed "Wander Woman," homeschools her three children while traipsing the globe with her Army Chaplain husband. Her third greatest passion, falling below her love for God and family, is empowering other parents to teach their children.

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