Adobe Spark (10)

Roosters. They have a way of interrupting the stillness of those quiet, early morning hours with their distinctive cry of cockadoodledoo. I took my children on a field trip to Jamestown today and we saw a few pecking around outside the fort. And then later, while wandering through one of the houses, I looked down and saw a rooster and two chickens standing at my feet. I couldn’t help but think of Heidi St. John in that moment. Heidi is The Busy Mom, and spoke at a homeschool convention I attended recently. She talked about roosters that day, and shared an acronym for “ROOSTERs” in our life.

A rooster, as defined by The Busy Mom, is anything that is keeping you from doing what God wants you to do. The first thing that typically comes to mind is social media. She called social media weapons of mass “distraction”…you hop on to check Facebook and when you look up, you find FOUR hours have passed! Where did the time go?! But social media isn’t necessarily the “rooster” in your life, or in mine. Before going any further, let me share the seven signs you may be a distracted mom: 

#1 R – You RESENT being distracted from your rooster.

#2 O – Your life is OFF balance.

#3 O – You’re OVERWHELMED.

#4 S – You’re STRESSED by things that should be getting done.

#5 T – You’re TIRED.

#6 E – Too much time with ELECTRONIC devices.

#7 R – Your RELATIONSHIPS are suffering or out-of-order.

Wow!! This was a wake-up call for me. Instead of giving God, my husband and my children my BEST, I had been giving them my “leftovers” instead. I could relate to every one of her ROOSTER definitions and knew God was calling me to make some changes.

Towards the end of her session, Heidi said “Your children are going to give up trying to get your attention.” I had been shooing my kids away while I tended to my ROOSTER. I found myself feeling overwhelmed and easily irritated when my schedule didn’t go according to plan. I felt like a failure as a wife, as a mom, even as a friend. And I found myself focused too much on seeking the attention and recognition of others, rather than doing what God has called me to. (There’s no award for getting dinner on the table every night as a mama!)

The first step for me was to IDENTIFY the rooster in my life and set boundaries. I thought that would be hard to do, but God has given me such peace about this decision, and above everything else, I want to be in the center of His will. My children will be all grown up before I know it. God has given me the amazing job of being called mama by four sweet blessings…I don’t want to be distracted and miss out on the blessings right in front of me!

Do you have a ROOSTER in your life? The Enemy wants to keep you distracted. Don’t let him win.

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3


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