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Lord, the responsibilities are many and my task list is long.
I ask You not let my attention be so consumed by these that I miss the more important matters in my home. I don’t want the urgent to take precedence over the important.
Help me have the wisdom to identify the moments when my attention should be to the emotional and spiritual needs of my husband and children.
I don’t want to hesitate to put the dishes or clothes down to kiss my 3-year old, sit a child on my lap, or listen to what may concern my 11 year old.
I don’t want to miss these moments.

Help me, Lord, identify these when they happen.

You Are Not Alone

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I have been called to a job I am not capable of doing alone. I know it and am reminded of it daily. At night when I lay my babies in bed, there is a nudging feeling that I messed up that day. Did I yell too much? Did I spend enough time with them? Did I spend too much time on the computer? I see character flaws in them and wonder if we can ever parent them out of them.

Lord, I will take these daily thoughts and questions as Your reminder to trust and depend on You. This season of parenting is my chance to see what You can do with my hands and words when I am submitted and connected to You. 

As a wife and mother I love, serve, and minister to my husband and children desperately everyday. Lord, so many times I run dry. I am so grateful that I can come to You every moment and always find unconditional love.

When the unknowns of the future disturb and scare me, You provide refuge in Your arms. When the circumstances of life get hard, You comfort me. When I get weary and have no more to give, You restore me.

I have been called to a job that I am not capable of doing alone. I thank You that I don’t have to!

To Be Educated

apple_booksIf I learn my ABCs, can read 600 words per minute, and can write with perfect penmanship, but have not been taught how to communicate with the Designer of all language,
I have not been educated.
If I can deliver an eloquent speech and persuade with my stunning logic, but have not been instructed in God’s wisdom,
I have not been educated.
If I have read Shakespeare and John Locke and can discuss their writings with keen insight, but have not read the greatest of books—the Bible—and have no knowledge of its personal importance,
I have not been educated.
If I have memorized addition facts, multiplication tables, and chemical formulas, but have never been disciplined to hide God’s Word in my heart,
I have not been educated.
If I can explain the law of gravity and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, but have never been instructed in the unchangeable laws of the One who orders our universe,
I have not been educated.
If I can classify animals by their family, genus and species, and can write a lengthy scientific paper that wins an award, but have not been introduced to the Maker’s purpose for all creation,
I have not been educated.
If I can recite the Gettysburg Address and the Preamble to the Constitution, but have not learned about the hand of God in the history of our country,
I have not been educated.
If I can play the piano, the violin, six other instruments, and can write music that moves listeners to tears, but have not been taught to listen to the Director of the universe and worship Him,
I have not been educated.
If I can run cross-country races, star in basketball, and do 100 push-ups without stopping, but have never been shown how to bend my spirit to do God’s will,
I have not been educated.
If I can identify a Picasso, describe the style of daVinci, and even paint a portrait that gains acclaim, but have not learned that all harmony and beauty comes from a relationship with God,
I have not been educated.
If I graduate with perfect grades and am accepted at the finest university with a full scholarship, but have not been guided into a career of God’s choosing for me,
I have not been educated.
If I become a good citizen, voting at each election and fighting for what is moral and right, but have not been told of humanities sinfulness and hopelessness without Christ,
I have not been educated.
However, if one day I see the world as God sees it, and come to know Him, Whom to know is life eternal, and glorify God by fulfilling His purpose for me,
then, I have been educated! 

by Carolyn Caines

Motherhood is teaching me to be THANKFUL in my disappointments. Image
One of my disappointments right now is Nia’s issues with nursing. She has had issues latching since birth.
This is NOT something I EXPECTED. None of the other 5 kids had ANY PROBLEMS nursing! I love nursing and it’s my favorite way to bond!

What God is teaching me through this?:

1. That I am NOT in control.
2. To change my expectations so they better match my reality
3. To do the BEST I CAN and trust Him for the rest.
4. To be THANKFUL in ALL circumstances!
I am thankful that she can still benefit from breastmilk because of my pump.
I thank HIM that she is healthy, growing and thriving.
I thank HIM that there are SO MANY other ways to bond with her (I kiss her and hold her close while she feeds), and that I am able to be with her all day!
God is good, all the time! When a child won’t latch, potty train when expected and even in an unexpected diagnosis. HE’S GOOD!
Motherhood will bring much joy and much disappointments.
I pray I continue to learn to be thankful in all of it!
“be thankful in all circumstances”! (1 Thess. 5:18)

Pomo It’s Monday and I already feel like I am trying to catch up. As much as I always try to de-schedule and simplify, our life is busy!

Mom, YOU can relate!

The craziness starts even before their little feet touch the floor:

  • Getting their breakfast ready for their empty tummies
  • Making sure they do their morning chores
  • “What am I going to cook for lunch?”
  • Morning Devotions
  • Cleaning the kitchen

…and it’s still only 9am!

The demands on me as a mom make it essential for me to multitask. My days are filled with “the urgent” that needs to be taken care of NOW, like a hungry newborn. My daily tasks also include “the important”, like making my husband’s lunch, taking time to listen and converse with my son or playing tea party with my eager daughter.

The demands on our plate as moms are numerous. More than getting through our “to do list” what most of us really strive for is to be efficient in our home. We don’t just want to get the job DONE, but to get it done WELL!

I recently heard that in order to really be more efficient with our time one should do one thing at a time instead of multitask. This makes sense if you really want to focus on a task and really give it your best.

Multitasking is something that comes easy to me and that I do as second-nature. I also want to be more efficient with my time so I have been working on focusing on the task at hand. I found a little treasure on Ann Voskamp’s blog to help me in this effort! The Pomodoro Technique!

It’s VERY SIMPLE:

  1. Pick ONE activity.
  2. Set the time for 25 minutes
  3. Do the activity for the set time, with NO INTERRUPTIONS OR DISTRACTIONS.
  4. At the end of the 25 minutes, stop!
  5. If not done, take a 5 minute break, and then continue for 25 minutes.

There is a bit more explanation to this on the site and even the book if you really get into it.

I started using the technique a few weeks ago. Has it helped? Yes! It has helped me with:

Procrastination When there is something that I know has to get done but I don’t feel like doing it, I at least give it 25 minutes. Most of the  time it takes way less than I expected to complete it!

Efficiency It really helps me control my habit of multitasking. The sound of the timer reminds me that I have a set amount of time to complete the assigned task, so there is no time to tackle anything else!

My only challenge is finding a time in my day when I can do the task with no interruption and distraction. Is that really realistic for a homeschool mother of 6? I don’t know when it will ever be ;)

Give The Pomodoro Technique a try! I found a great way to carry your Pomodoro timer anywhere you go! I found a free version of it for Android mobile devices! I went ahead and purchased the paid version. This gives me the option to list my tasks right on the app!

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