Morning nap was refreshing, to my surprise. Didn’t feel even the slightest twinge of guilt. Wow.
Was inspired by Dave Ramsey and provoked to thought by Matt Walsh.
Completed all errands, without rushing, with time left to spare.
Found partially used gift cards buried in wallet. Used gift cards to buy treats and hand cream.
Shared chocolate with an incredibly darling little girl, and was repaid a hundredfold by her chocolate grin and her signing, “thank you”.
Son grilled for the first time. Did VERY well.
Sun shined brightly – ALL DAY LONG. Stood on the porch with my face toward the setting sun, closed my eyes, stretched out my arms, and thanked the Lord for sunshine with my entire being.
Managed to be kind whilst firm in all necessary corrections. For those who know the kind of brat I can be, this was a huge win, especially as a mom to three fantastic young people who deserve only the best of me.
Clipped pine and spruce branches to simmer on stove for their therapeutic properties.
Took time to blog.
Budgeted for next month, and will meet all bills despite huge change of salary.
God is good, ALL THE TIME, and all the time, GOD IS GOOD!
Praise and glory to God alone, I am not only able, but also willing, to wake up with my husband each morning, a good two hours or more before the kidlets rise. This time has become precious to me over the past weeks, as I am able to accomplish things that are important to me, in a way that I am comfortable doing. Today is fast becoming a typical morning: Wake at 0500, shower and dress by 0530, get J-Dub his breakfast while he gets his things together for work, chat for a few before he leaves, Bible study/devotional/prayer, read a section of a book, set up for the day’s activities, and if I’m super lucky I will have finished an entire cup off coffee by this point.
Now about that devotional. I use the YouVersion app on my phone, which is simply loaded with all manner of devotionals, though one must take care that what they are studying through is biblical. I am currently going through the Made to Crave: a 21-Day Challenge devotions, though I haven’t read the book by Lysa TerKeurst (www.madetocrave.org). If you are tempted to overeat, or really over-do anything that is good in moderation, I encourage you to check out the materials. Something that stood out to me this morning was the question of how often I have given into a short-term desire that worked against a long-term goal. This thought goes so much further than eating too much junk. How often do we act on impulse? How often do we cause our own setbacks due to our unwillingness to tell ourselves “no”, and pray for help to focus on that which is superior to instant gratification?! Please leave a note below, I welcome you to share your point of view.
Time to get back into the swing of things, starting first thing tomorrow. I didn’t intend to go “full break” like the public schoolers, but that’s the way it happened. By “full break”, I mean foregoing all lessons and just sort of hanging out. I’d intended for my students to spend an hour each day reading, and two 30-minute segments doing computer-based lessons. What really happened is that we all got sick with the worst cold I have personally seen in my adult life. I may have slept for almost 48 hours, I’m not really sure. Thankfully, I have family who cares and older children who can feed themselves without burning down the house. I suppose my plans aren’t always the best plans, in God’s eyes or anyone else’s. To that end:
Each person copes with change and transition differently ~ for this reason I pray for grace.
Many good and worthwhile things are out there needing someone to participate in them. Our days are full enough as it is, so adding more without removing some is not going to do our family any good. ~ For these reasons, I pray for discernment.
Priorities are important to consider when trying to keep one’s focus, the general ones for our family being Jesus, our little family, others, and each individual (caring for one’s self). When these priorities get mixed up – even with the best intentions – our days tend to fall apart. ~ For these reasons, I pray for a sober mind and Heavenly wisdom.
So here’s to keeping an upbeat attitude as we transition, saying no to overloading on unnecessary things, and keeping our focus on our current obligations.