You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Each Monday, a voice from the pews will give personal perspective to the words we soaked in on Sunday.

The Monday After Sunday, June 30, 2013: Enemies of the Heart: Slothfulness

By Dawn Kelley

Slothfulness, sluggards and other sins

“A day in the life of a slothful mother”… that is what I would name the mini-series featuring yours truly and my daily schedule.

On the surface, I look like I am a typical stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of four … don’t forget the part about being a wife.

Oh, I forgot to mention my involvement at church. Wow, busy, busy, busy!

The part of  Pastor Joe’s message that really struck a cord with me was when he spoke about filling our days with things that are not necessary; keeping busy with those things only causes me to miss out on God opportunities.

As parents, my husband and I are our children’s greatest spiritual influence, and it saddens me to think I have missed many opportunities to help my children grow in their faith, knowledge and relationship with God because we were too busy with other things.

I now see that as a homeschooling family, God has given us a way to fill our days with not only learning but also with things that are necessary — like caring for others, maintaining relationships, seeking Christ together and just doing His will. I know that with this new understanding of what it means to be slothful, there will be many changes made in our life, many sacrifices, that to be honest I don’t want to make, though I feel compelled to make them.

Pastor Joe asked ,”What have you been putting off?” And that question lingered in my mind.

The list is actually quite long, and I am challenged to a master list of things I feel God asking me to do and take them into my prayer time, seriously seeking Him with what is necessary and what is not.

Slothfulness is also not caring enough to change the things that need to be changed. Do I care enough?

I care, yes … but enough to make the changes I spoke of earlier?

As I wake in the morning to the wonderful alarm ringing loudly, I have a choice, I can press the snooze button and continue on or I can ask the Holy Spirit to motivate me in doing what God asks of me. I can seek my own heart, or I can seek the Father’s heart for me.

After all the Holy Spirit is my helper and will help me to shake myself of slothful ways. If you’re struggling, I pray He helps you as well.

Dawn Kelley is the wife of Andrew and the homeschooling mother of four, Jaden, Niya, Makayla and Aiden. She loves to read and write in her spare time, and she currently uses a personal blog to share her adventures in motherhood and womanhood.

3 thoughts on “The Monday After: Enemies of the Heart: Slothfulness {Dawn}

  1. I came out of that sermon feeling as if I had been spanked. I felt so convicted. My days become so full of stuff. Most of which has absolutely nothing to do with the furthering of God’s Kingdom. The sermon has brought to my attention how different my priorities need to be to dig out of and stay clear of slothfulness. What a way to tell us what we need to hear Pastor Joe!!

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