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Saturday, December 20, 2008


I had a minute sitting here checking my mail and Ashley said I should do a post about life! It's really funny that she should say that because life is changing for me. I've been realizing more and more that so many things are not really THAT important. My how easy it is to get wrapped up in things. UNIMPORTANT things. They just come in and take the place of the really important things.
One thing the Lord has been laying on my heart lately is to "Hide His word in our hearts". I think about what if my children were taken tomorrow how much of God's word would they be taking with them? That is a huge important thing! In times of persecution they take away God's word, we need to have it "hid in our hearts".
Then there's just all the normal things of training up the children in the Lord. I get so busy with housekeeping (especially when it gets closer to a new baby). I want everything perfect and guess what? All joy leaves my household. I tear my house down everyday while I think I am making it better somehow. I know I'm not making it better but I keep thinking after I get this and that done then I can relax and be a joyful mother. I'm sure there is no one else out there like me. Sometimes I feel like the most terrible mother ever. In the meantime, I am missing the point. Instead of teaching my children about joy in the Lord I am teaching joy in a clean house. Instead of rejoicing in trouble I'm showing failure. Instead of a new baby meaning joy for our whole family they can look forward to mom being a mess the last few months. So to sum it up, if you are reading this PLEASE pray for me! One of my desires is to be transparent and able to ask for prayer when I need it. That's what we're here for right?
I hope everyone is staying warm! I can't believe these temps. Terrible cold. Troy has been doing the paper route for me, I'm very thankful! I handle the 30-40's much better than this.
I hope you all have a great Lord's day tomorrow!


JeremyNSunny said...

Uggh.... I know in my head that it's not just homeschool moms who struggle with that balance between keeping house and keeping heart. I'm convinced both can be done; you are in my prayers. One thing I have done more of recently is pulling in the children to work *with* (not always 'for') me on certain house keeping tasks; this way once the work is done we have more time to be together doing things we choose to do.... I read once that it's a 'fact' that homeschooling families have messy, cluttered homes. I determined right then that it doesn't HAVE to be that way, and I am out to prove it. You're right, though, there ARE more important things than keeping the house tidy. Great job recognizing it and determining to keep everyone's behavior in the process. ;)

"Perfect". Girl...!!! Have you heard of Flylady? Her input is key to my daily encouragement in this area, but ... our desire for 'perfection' (by WHOSE definition??!) is often our worst enemy. (sigh)

Keep up the good work. ;) Hugs!! sf

saskia said...

found you on raw yahoo group, homeschooling mom of five with one due in april, every morning the kids and I have a devotional where we pray, read scriptures, etc. then we have chores, I want my house clean and orderly as well, it's important, but everyone but mr. two year old helps. Not sure how that is with you. Good luck

saskia said...

on another note after reading the above comment, I do not have a dirty, messy home, yes, it gets dirty, but I didn't want to be like the other homeschoolers I saw living in major clutter, I think the Spirit is more present in cleanliness :)