Mission Statement

I don’t know about you, but I’m not really one of those really motivated, driven people.  Well, maybe in certain circumstances I can be motivated and driven, but I have found it really difficult since becoming a stay-at-home mom.  It is so easy to sleep in as long as the kids do, and move aimlessly from one thing to the next.  Until motherhood, I was used to school schedules or work shifts, with teachers or supervisors keeping me in check.

Inspired by Kat’s e-book at Inspired to Action, “Mission Statements for Moms”, I decided that I needed a mission statement of my own.  I want to mother with intent and a mission statement is exactly what I need to keep me from losing sight of what is really important to me.  If this speaks to you at all, I definitely recommend downloading her e-book and starting a mission statement for yourself.

This is what I have come up with, for now:

As a Believer in and Follower of the Lord, I will follow God whole-heartedly, without fear, wherever He takes me.  I will love Him and others, and demonstrate the Fruit of the Spirit in my day to day life.

As a wife, I will love, care for, and support Peter as we live our lives together and submit to him as Christ.

As a mother, I will be a gentle, nurturing and comforting mother who nurtures my children’s curiosities about life.  I will teach and model God’s love to my children.  I will provide guidance and love as they grow to be people who know, love and serve the Lord.

My mission statement isn’t set in stone, but it definitely serves as a foundation for me as I start out in my new, focused life.  I expect that as time goes on, I will add to or even possibly change my mission statement, and that is okay.  I wanted to get something down on paper to just get started instead of waiting until I had perfect insight and prose.

After I wrote my mission statement, another one of my favourite blogs, Passionate Homemaking, wrote a blog about developing a personal mission statement.  I decided to go a little further and define the steps I would need to take to make my mission statement happen in my life; so I would know and act on only that which was truly important.

As a Believer:
spend 30 minutes each morning in study and prayer; starting the morning off with prayer (even if it is only two minutes to start, and then having a longer study/prayer time at first nap)
– blog twice a week; writing honestly about my brokenness to bring glory to God
– attend church every week
– serve as a Youth Leader in our church’s youth group

As a Wife:
– pray for Peter each day during daily prayer time
– one on one time each day to stay connected
– weekly dates, even if they are just in the home after the children have gone to sleep

As a Mother:
– rising before my children, as often as possible, to gain focus before the day begins
– pray for my children each day during daily prayer time
– allotting specific and regulated time for social networking, emails, and internet surfing
– daily discussions on age- and developmentally-appropriate bible study

Now, my next step is to make my mission statement visible so that I do not get distracted and forget it!  Put it on my night stand, hang it on the fridge, maybe next to the computer or TV… anywhere, so that I don’t become distracted by unimportant things that are vying for my time.

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8 thoughts on “Mission Statement

  1. Erin L.

    Sweet Chelsey- You humble and inspire me. I wish I lived closer to you right now. I could sure use some time with you right now. You are SO young and yet have SO much wisdom! I look forward to following your blog as you inspire others (me included) to live more intentionally.

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  2. Andrea Reid

    Thanks for sharing this Chelsea. I think we were soul sisters from another life! Since resigning from my job in August and making the decision to stay at home for at least the next three years, my self identity has been challenged. I’ve had a few months before the baby arrives to try and refocus and to hear what God would have me do with my time each day. He led me to reread “The Purpose Driven Life”. Your blog will be an excellent inspiration to me as I enter into raising a little one again, after almost 10 years!!!!

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  3. Ruth

    Thank you Chelsey. It is amazing how God works in your life because i have been thinking about just this lately and how i am being complacent in a lot of areas in my life but being kept busy by unintentional things. I am so glad that you have taken this on and it is really challenging me to get back to the basics. Praise God for your family and I look forward to watching you grow and what God has planned for you

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  4. Keri-Lyn

    Chelsey, this is such a great reminder to me about putting God forward in my daily life, and different ways I can do that. Not only for myself, but for the other people around me and who are so important to me. Thank you for starting this, and for the encouragement it already is to me. You are as someone said, WISE… Love you Chels… You are in my prayers.

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  5. Nicole

    I just printed off Kat’s book and mission statement form last night. It is my goal to have one by the 1st of February. Yours is also beautifully writen. I have had a rough few years in my scheduling of things, I lived by them and them let them go. I am looking forward to jumping back in with 2 feet — awake and alert to the life that is around me. Thank you for sharing your plan.

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  6. Rachel G.

    Chelsey, I really appreciate you sharing your heart with all of us moms out there. I can totally relate to what you wrote about being a different mom than the one you pictured you’d be before you had children. I, too, know how easy it is to sleep in until the kids wake up! I really want to be up before them, ready for the day, having already spent time with God, but find it so hard to actually do! I am inspired by your goals and love what you said about each day being a fresh start! I look forward to reading about your journey. You are a beautiful mother with two amazing children!

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  7. Laurie

    Love your idea of this blog! You are an inspiration! And I look forward to reading more!!!

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  8. inspired2actiondotcom

    Well done! I love your intentionality! Glad you liked the eBook. Rock on, Chelsey

    – Kat

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