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"Prayers for the Working Mom"
by Sabrina O'Malone
*An excerpt of Prayers for the Working Mom by Sabrina O'Malone
The Typcial Morning....
1 Corinthians 15:10
"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them-yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me." (NIV)
The buzzing of the alarm clock startles you into the reality that it's time to get going. You press snooze.
Alarm beeps again, but you still have plenty of time. You hit the easiest button, the big wide snooze. (Of course)
"Beep-Beep" So tired…so sleepy… so justified. You press the snooze button.
"Beep-Beep-Beep!" With a sigh, you hit snooze, this time determined to mentally plan out everything you need to do… "Get up, put in contacts, put on beige outfit, find knee-high's in the laundry basket"…as you drift off contentedly to slumber.
"BEEP-BEEP-BEEP!" Now the situation is serious. You spring out of bed, quietly praying that the kids won't wake up and slow down the process of getting the day started.
By the time you find your other matching sock, you realize you have no time for a shower and that makeup will have to go on in the car.
First child wakes up.
--Lunches aren't prepared!
--You haven't had a quiet time!
--Even cereal for breakfast would be a luxury.
One child is dressed and drinking milk while parked in front of the TV. You begin to make lunches.
Next child awakes. Frantically, you pick out what you hope is "all-purpose clothing" because you haven't a clue of the weather. With a peep out the window you conclude, "Sweats will be fine."
Child argues. Does not want to wear that outfit. Your temper begins to rise as you insist.
Child #1 gets bored with TV and requests a grilled cheese sandwich for breakfast.
It's 8:00! -
You run the mental checklist…
Any field trips or permission slips needed today?
Is it show-and-tell day?
The bus rolls up. Shouting for jackets, caps and lunchboxes, you commandeer the kids out the door with a piece of toast and a kiss.
Now you calculate everything that you'll need for work.
While driving to work you realize:
--You haven't taken meat out of the freezer to thaw for dinner.
--You never called your mother back.
--There's a sink full of dishes
--And your husband is down to his last pair of clean underwear.
You pray that God will get you through this day.
After applying haphazard makeup in the car, you head into work feeling like you put in a day's work…before you put in a day's work.
To be honest, even this was a pretty smooth morning. The bus wasn't late, none of the kids were sick, the family dog didn't dart out the door, and no one needed extra cuddle time. To top it off, the mother made it into work on time…with her makeup on!
Have I gotten your attention? Does this typical morning scenario remind you of someone you know?
Chances are that it does because that someone is you! Don't despair; God is waiting to intervene in every difficult morning of your life. Let's invite him in with prayer.
I lay all my responsibilities at Your feet. I am now yielding my heart, mind and strength to your awesome power and glory. I desperately need You.
Open my eyes, ears, heart and soul so that I'm not too busy to hear You. Teach me to walk, live and be in the center of Your will for my life. Use me as a blessing in the lives of my children, dear Lord.
Forgive me for my past mistakes, which can be better described as sins. I've been impatient, short tempered, self-righteous and it has made me a difficult woman to love and live with. Lord, starting today, fill me with the fruit of the Spirit: patience, kindness, humility, and gentleness.
Make me a woman who is not easily angered; guard me from being rude or selfish. Fill me with the strength to endure all things necessary. Your perfect love never fails. I praise you, and I thank you for saving me.
THE BACK COVER [click graphic for larger view]
Prayers for the Working Mom provides what working moms have been looking for-viable solutions, practical tips, as well as affirmation and nurturing. Finally, there's an answer to the recurring question-"Is it possible to be a great mother and a great employee?"
Within these pages is the answer you have suspected in your heart all along… "You can, and here's how." Prayers for the Working Mom takes the best skills, talents and tips of dozens of successful working mothers and compiles them into an easy to use resource.
Finally, the busiest people in the world today will have revitalizing hope, encouragement and inspiration. There are over 24 million mothers in America who are incorporating full-time motherhood with full-time employment. You are not alone.
This is the book that shows you how to combine motherhood and employment while maintaining joy, energy and an attitude of gratitude. Does it sound impossible? It's not only possible; it's your destiny. The fact that you have picked up this book is already an answer to prayer.
7 SECRETS TO PHENOMENAL SUCCESS
Introduction-The Typical Morning
- Secret 1-Prayer Partners
- Secret 2-Eliminate the Extraneous
- Secret 3-Delegate
- Secret 4-Multi-task
- Secret 5-Show Up…Big Time
- Secret 6-Define Success
- Secret 7-Replenish Your Spirit
Epilogue-The New Typical Morning
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