Today we continue to learn from Jeanette Wood from A Moment With Mom – a homeschooling mother of 10. If you missed Mondays post – scroll down and learn about Jeanette and how she deals with weariness.
Here are a few practical things I do:
1. I work on creating memories, considering what’s really important, and doing those things. I often ask myself, “If the Lord were to return at this moment what would I want Him to find me doing?”
2. I make sure that we are not so busy “doing” that we can’t simply enjoy one another.
3. I make sure to always go to bed with the home clean and laundry done. Waking up to yesterday’s chores is no way to start the day. There are times that it simply happens however, we all work hard to make sure our daily duties are accomplished before bedtime.
4. I limit distractions such as Internet, TV. and phone calls that would keep me from being available to hear the children express their hearts. If I no longer have time to hold the baby, read a story to the little ones, or kiss the brow of my child… then I am too busy with the ‘clutter’ of life. For me, the simple moments with my family are the most important! I love to create their favorite meals, yummy treats and work along side them as they care for animals they enjoy!
5. Managing our time is critical. We don’t have a schedule we keep but we do have a routine we follow. I’ve found the home is orderly and peaceful when everyone knows what to expect for the day. The key is keeping us open and flexible to hear the voice of the Lord and set aside our own plans to do His. It’s a balancing act that I work on daily.
6. I’ve learned to smile on purpose! It’s important to me that I am teaching my children by example. I want to teach them that I don’t just act kind when I leave the house, smile when life is easy, or have a joyful tone in my voice when things go my way. I also want them to know that I don’t hide my pain when I hurt, my struggle with temptations, or my repentance when I sin.
7. I also guard myself from excuses. I don’t want to teach my children to make excuses for poor behavior so I need to make sure I am not doing so as well. I often tell my girls, “We were told to walk in the Spirit at all times. It doesn’t say, except when it’s that “time of the month.”