Pressing the Restart Button

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

We’ve all experienced it.

Maybe today you got up, and in between feeding your baby and changing diapers you helped your toddler get dressed, brushed your children’s teeth, made breakfast, threw in a load of laundry, and made lunch. Finally, you found time to wash the dishes. It is then you glance at the clock, realizing your husband will arrive home from work in 30 minutes and you haven’t even changed out of your pajamas!

Then there are days when everyone seems to wake up on the wrong side of the bed.

You may be thinking of a morning when you were consoling your three-year-old because he said you poured too much syrup on his pancake. You have already bathed your one-year-old twice due to a diaper leak. You’ve spent hours playing referee, addressing your children’s sibling rivalry. Your five-year-old decides to pour his own juice, then spills the entire pitcher of juice on the floor. Chaos has erupted and you feel as though you will never get anything done!

Let’s face it--some days you feel as if you should throw in the towel and crawl back into bed.

When I was a teenager, one of my mom’s friends shared a story about walking into her home after a long, tiring day at work only to find her family with negative attitudes. She stated, “Let’s try this again.” She walked out, sat in her car for a few minutes, and then repeated her entrance.

Have you ever decided it is time to restart your day?

I have.

Before you press the restart button, consider these important points.

I know that much of what my children learn is by the examples I set. Therefore, before I press the restart button, I gather my thoughts and calm my own spirit before I calm theirs.

As humans, we all experience joy, trials, and heartache. James 1:2-4 tells us to count it all joy, even the challenging times.

Are the difficulties you face today leaving you feeling unworthy and unequipped? Looking at your day from a humanistic perspective leaves you feeling as though you have failed, having not been able to accomplish what you had planned.

Try looking at your day from a biblical perspective. A biblical perspective will leave you thankful for a home, food, clothes, the ability to get out of bed, the opportunity to care for little ones, the sound of little voices, children’s hugs, baby cuddles, and for the endless opportunities to speak to your children’s hearts. You’ll realize that these opportunities to show your love by caring for your children are valuable. Teaching your children to help and care for one another is also valuable. Your children will apply those valuable lessons about helping, being kind, and having a good relationship with others to their adult relationships. This is when you will realize your day has already been filled with immense value.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

After considering these thoughts, it is time to pray: “Lord, remind me, in the midst of my difficulties, that Your plans for me and my loved ones are good. Remind me that difficulties help us appreciate the various aspects of life. My weaknesses guide me to lean on You. My hardships increase my ability to work through problems and think critically. Trials grow my compassion for others. Through all my experiences, I am willing to let You teach me. My ears and heart are open, willing to receive your instruction. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Through this thought process God brings peace. Now that you are ready to press the restart button, consider some of my favorite ways to restart the day.

  • Call everyone together for a family Bible study and snack. My kids like to pick a question from the book 801 Questions Kids Ask About God. This book generates meaningful conversation.

  • Play a board game or charades.

  • Get out the indoor snowballs and have an indoor snowball fight.

  • Play outside or go for a walk when the weather is in agreement.

  • Listen to music and let the kids dance.

  • Declare quiet time for everyone to read or rest.

  • Going back to my mom’s friend’s story, restart your day by having everyone go back to bed, pretend it is morning, get out of bed, meet in the kitchen, say “Good morning!” with a smile, and have everyone give each other hugs.

Restart your day, reset your attitude, and give your children a giggly story to share with your spouse when he arrives home after work.

What is your favorite way to restart your day?

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