A Mom’s TO DO List

Too often, we Moms forget to make consistent time for studying and performing our works for the Most High and Christ!!  Our lives are consumed with the meeting of our family’s needs – the house needs painting, the kids need new clothes, checking homework, running errands for our husbands, planning out the week’s meals, buying groceries, cleaning house, financial planning, and doing never-ending laundry, which for most, is all done while working a 9 to 5 job too!  No doubt, these tasks can be overwhelming and can cause us to easily lose focus on our spiritual health and endurance, physical strength, and mental balance.

SPIRITUAL ENDURANCE & HEALTH – Through much prayer, meditation and the daily reading of your scriptures, remind yourself that true spiritual health comes only from above: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”  (Psalms 42:11.)  Ask your Father to tell you how He wants you to serve Him.  As you know, we have been commanded to love and do for Him first (Mark 12:30; Hebrews 11:6) in order to achieve peace, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, patience, love, strength, comfort, and eternal life.  At the top of your list should be prayer and the reading of your Bible.  Second only to the caring of your immediate household (I Corinthians 7:34; I Timothy 5:8), should be your works for the Lord.  Make all these tasks an unbreakable appointment.  Prepare yourself and think it not strange that as you are performing the spiritual tasks, many hard times will follow that test your faith – this is called spiritual warfare and you are a soldier destined to win if you endure: “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”  (II Timothy 2:3.)

PHYSICAL STRENGTH – Our bodies are temples which God has permitted us to occupy.  It is our responsibility to take good care of this temple that it may glorify our Father:  “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  (I Corinthians 6:19-20.)  Another very important task that should be included on your list is your physical well-being.  This isn’t about being able to fit into an ideal dress size or having an athlete’s body – this is about eating right, sleeping, using natural remedies for our ailments, learning to breathe, exercise, and just being in tune with our bodies all around.  To best serve our Heavenly Father, husbands, and families, we need a “finely tuned” body.  Take care of you!!

MENTAL BALANCE – When the spiritual and physical body is finely tuned, mental balance is inevitable.  Mental balance will help you to properly discern which of the remaining tasks are truly necessary, and in what order they should be completed: “Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment.”  (Ecclesiastes 8:5.)  Mental balance will also help keep you driven to consistently evaluate and update your list, making sure you are on track with the Most High.  You will accomplish the many worldly duties, goals, and even the pesky chores with a little more glee!!  In essence, you will gain the clarity needed to love your husbands, teach your children, serve the church, to be charitable, to keep and help protect your home, and to love your fellow sisters.

If you have found yourself near complete exhaustion, STOP, PRAY, and FOLLOW HIS WAY:  “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.”  II Timothy 2:7.  Know that you are not alone since we live in a society that fails to promote true spiritual and physical well-being.

Since we have been employed by the Most High and Christ as “right-hand assistants,” it is important that we stay on task and have a “To Do” list handy on a daily basis.  Many will say, “I already have one, how can this help me because I still feel overwhelmed??”  Well, take a moment and reevaluate your list to make sure your tasks are in the right order – a list not prioritized correctly is like having no list at all.  Then, ask yourself the following:  Are all tasks current and truly necessary?  Are any tasks geared to help your own physical health?  Most importantly, is at the top of your list tasks which promote the Heavenly Father’s work??  If you have answered “No” to any or all of these questions, it is time to throw out the old list and start fresh with a new one.

Below is an example TO DO list that may help you create one that is best suited for you:

SUN

MON

TUES

WED

THURS

FRI

SAT

1. Pray
2. Read Bible 1 hour
3. Do Laundry
4. Clean House
5. Family Time
1. Pray
2. Workout 45 mins
3. Go to Work
4. Make Dinner
5. Works for the Church
6. Read Bible before bed.
1. Pray
2. Cook Dinner
3. Go to Work
4. Read Bible at lunch time
5. Date Night w/Hubby
1. Pray
2. Workout 45 mins
3. Go to Work
4. Read Bible at lunch time
5. Make Dinner
6. Works for the Church
7. Take a nice hot bath
1. Pray
2. Read Bible
3. Go to Work
4. Grocery shop at lunch time
5. Make extra dinner for Sabbath too
6. Family Time
1. Pray
2. Workout 45 mins
3. Go to Work
4. Pay bills at lunch time
5. Attend Sabbath Class
1. Pray
2. Read Bible for at least 1-2 hours
3. Teach your children
4. Works for the Church
5. Rest

 

Being a mother in this day and age is by no means an easy job (Matthew 24:19), but it can be done and fruitfully if you have the right “To Do” list to follow.  Our Father blessed each of His daughters not only with the ability to create such righteous lists, but also the means by which to complete them.

 

6 Comments

  1. GOOD ARTICLE SIS!! Mothers are very hard workers!!!! I give thanks to my mom because she does what she has to do!! In the morning she takes us to school, then she goes to work, then she picks us up, at home she cooks dinner, then she goes on truenation.org and reads. That is a lot of stuff!! But when she does it, she has a smile!! She has helped my siblings and I a lot!!!

  2. Parah, I like the to-do list sample, especially the date-night, we can’t forget that bond that nourishes the foundation of our marriages. Great article all together.

  3. I love the to do list. Very well put together.

  4. This really shows me that being married and having children is a tough job, on top of doing the Lord’s work, and going to work. I see my mom always working, and it seems like the job doesnt ever end even when she comes home from work. I try to help my mom out when I can, even if that means making sure my chores are done, and making dinner for the family so that she can rest a little, or get started on the Newsletter, or Womanly articles, or any other Godly works she has do get done. I think making a list/schedule is very helpful and can really help with not feeling so overwhelmed with things to get done.

  5. A very important topic for all Sisters. Ordering our daily to-do list by priority is crucial, and I’m glad you mentioned about removing the things that are not necessary. Thank you Sister!

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