Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Where's My Motivation?

I teasingly wrote yesterday that I had "lost" my motivation. I've noticed that this happens when I get overwhelmed by something and can't figure out how to "get to it"...

(The above is a target, not a cyclopes eye, like Caresse thought..."Mommy, why are you trying to shoot a Cyclops?"; although it does kinda look like a monster from Monsters Inc....sorry....)
O.K., so back to my target with the bull's eye. Sometimes I feel like I am trying to reach a target, and then my arrow (motivation) just drops! This especially happens when;
 A) Steve is busy at work a lot so, I am home alone more often;
B) I am trying to learn something new and I am really struggling;
C) There are dozens of interruptions;
D) and, an always available excuse (oops...REASON)...hormones. 
Right now, I can check em all.
Also, we are having the craziest WIND here...it hasn't stopped for days, but it has taken up new strengths and is blowing the roof off our chicken coop, and I am just praying that the house roof holds up. Wind makes me feel "cranky"....
So, when my motivation drops like that, I try to back up and make sure that I am doing what the LORD wants me to be doing.  Sometimes, I just need a good nap (or three).  When I am trying to learn something hard, I try to remember - one step at a time, I'll get it (I have dyslexia, like Kalyn, so I have to find ways to help me "see" something so that I can understand it). I've learned that I must have some times of quiet or I begin to shrivel up. 
I also find my lost motivation in remembering that I have a mission field and it is right in front of me...motherhood. In Matthew 9:37-38, Jesus said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few, therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." 
As mothers we are fulfilling this scripture.  We are laborers ourselves as we mother our children, teaching and training them in the purposes God has planned for them. And we are providing future laborers for the LORD.  We definitely have a mission from God! 
So I remember to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord I do not labor in vain (1 Cor. 15:58).

HOWEVER, what never fails is the Bible; "whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." (Romans 15:4)
Some other synonyms for motivate are inspire, stimulate, prompt, encourage. The Holy Word of God will inspire me and encourage me. 
So, I found my motivation, picked that sucker up, and got going this morning.
What do you find helps you when you have lost motivation?

I'm goin' to go tickle me some motivation!


  1. OK, Keshawn is enough motivation for me too!


    Right there with you - seeking Him with all that I am knowing He will catch me as I fall and fail!

    Love you,

  2. God spoke through you to me today! I am feeling these EXACT things and just want to throw in the towel and go get a "real" job. I've been praying for peace and contentment in the job the Lord has given me in this season of child rearing, and He's been reminding me of the "mission field" I have right here at home through other mothers doing the same thing. THANK YOU!! Reading about other Blogging Moms in the same boat gives me motivation!

  3. Great post!

    When hubby is really busy.
    When my home feels incredibly unorganized
    When I'm tired
    When there are a few too many things on my plate-

    I try to get more sleep
    I pray for peace and for God to be close
    Set my goals a bit lower and to try to accomplish one thing at a time because much of it can wait a day or two or more
    Tell myself that what I am already doing is the most important thing I can do- mother these precious children.
    Pray some more!

  4. Thanks, Shonni...I really needed this today. :)

  5. oh my goodness!! that baby would bring out the motivation in anyone. he is a doll!

  6. Sweet friend, I heard about the awful winds there. I pray you feel a whole lot better really soon. I hate days like that--I have many of them too.

    Aahhhhh, that baby love is just completely ADORABLE!

  7. Thank you for reminding me to pick up my Bible...to receive instruction, encouragement and...motivation. Wind also makes me cranky :)

  8. Oh Keshawn is just adorable!!
    It's funny how the wind will make you antsy - hope it eases for you.
    Usually lack of sleep & hormones are the main contributors to lack of motivation for me.


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