The past two weeks have been like a whirlwind…busy, busy, busy! Too many appointments and preparations, to keep the peace in our home. It has felt as though we are coming and going all the time, with no time to rest and re-group together as a family. This busy life causes me to feel stressed! I have a longing to spend time with my Creator, be an encouragement to my husband and bless my children.
Although we have been doing some schoolwork all summer to keep up on our skills, we officially started the 2008-2009 school year this past Monday. What a busy couple of days it has been! Creating lesson plans, picking up new supplies, laundry, receiving books that have been ordered, completing tasks around the house, laundry, attempting to complete tasks around the house, attending meetings, taking the children to doctors appointments and other various commitments that we have during the week, laundry, cooking, cleaning, praying, laundry, completing work, correcting work, yard work, garden sitting, laundry, errands, grocery shopping, menu planning, bible study, laundry.
My struggles this week were all around time (or lack there of) and my lousy attitude that did not want to choose joy. I found that there were mornings I did not want to get up as early as usual to get into the Word out of sheer exhaustion. Mornings when I longed for the children to sleep in so that I could get into the Word just a little later than usual- after I slept in a bit of course. Several times in which I found it difficult to stop and enjoy the moment of seeing my children make a new discovery – whether in their school work or other moments in our day that should have been enjoyable.
My life is full of the evidence of God’s handiwork. Why is it then that I have let crazy, busy times hijack my joy? I am praying that this is a new week…God’s mercies are new and His grace is sufficient to cover all the situations that pop up in my life. I will choose joy. I am thankful for all He has given me. I will take time to stop this week, no matter what, and slow down enough to enjoy those moments with my children that so quickly pass, to stop and leave notes for my husband that will encourage him, sleep well, enjoy my life, my Lord, His Word and ALL that He has blessed me with.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:11-12