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The Art of Running Late

07 May Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Art of Running Late
The Art of Running Late
 

I’m late. I had scheduled my day out perfectly. I planned to have enough time to pack my car with the large boxes of items for an event in the evening while the baby entertained himself. However, on this particular day the baby did not want to play with his toys. On this day the baby wanted to be held all day long. This meant I needed to wait for someone else to come and pack my car while I had baby time. While I loved this time with my son, instead of being 15 minutes early as planned, I was 45 minutes late to set up for an event. Baby in tow, I arrived late.

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Being a new mom in ministry, this seems to happen a lot more often! Having a new baby has completely changed the way in which I do ministry. While I used to get up in the morning, drink my coffee and spend time with God, my mornings now start much earlier, look a lot more hectic and I am usually running late. I really did wonder how I was going to cultivate space for my walk with God and implement practices to grow close to him. I am very blessed that I get to work from home a lot and my husband’s job is flexible, however, I do feel crazy sometimes!

Through this time I have learned several things about being a mom in ministry:

1. Schedule time with God… literally put it in your calendar.

While we all go through seasons of struggling to spend time with God. I am very aware that if I don’t schedule time, my day slips away from me. I need these times with God and putting them in my calendar as appointments had made them happen on a regular occasion. Thank goodness for smart phones!

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2. Ask your spouse to help make sure you get space and time with God.

Thankfully my spouse has been very supportive and helps to ensure that when I need and can’t schedule those times in my day, he makes it happen. Having a teammate definitely helps make these times of quiet happen!

3. Sometimes you just have to laugh.

I have to laugh at myself when I mistakes, forget appointments, leave home without a change of clothes for the baby, forget people’s names, etc. Its all happened and I know it will continue to happen. I can’t be as scheduled and organized as I used to be and its okay! It’s okay to laugh at myself, learn for next time and enjoy the process of being in ministry and being a mom at the same time.

4. Keep the lines of communication open with your employer.

Whether your boss is a board of directors or a lead pastor, keeping them informed is incredibly important. There will be days where the ball may be dropped, rough nights occur or kids get sick. Its best just to keep communicated with those you serve in ministry.

Meredith Dahl
Executive Directory at Cross Connection Ministries
Meredith is the Executive Director of Cross Connection Ministries in New Holland, PA. She has received a Bachelor of Science in Student Ministry and a Master of Arts in Ministry (Concentration in Student Ministry) from Lancaster Bible College. Meredith and her husband live in New Holland with their baby boy Liam and love living, working and volunteering in their community.