Sunday, July 11, 2010
This is as good as it's gonna' get for a family picture...the camera was teetering on our couch and Chad was running back-n-forth pressing the timer button as we attempted to get all three kids to look at the camera and smile...quite an exercise! lol!
I love my family, and I love our crazy life! Unfortunately, with Chad's busy work schedule (he's travelling out of state a LOT now), finding family time has been challenging. I'm being convicted more and more that we need to simplify...but some days I wonder how we could possibly simplify more than we do already. We homeschool (which means there are no daily trips back-n-forth to the school...at least not until the Fall when Rauly begins a 5-day-a-week pre-k program), we don't have cable or nintendo games, and we are pretty choosy about who we spend our time with for play-dates. The only commitment I've made over the past few months is exercising, and that requires daily trips to the YMCA....on top of that, the only commitment the kids have is occasional seasonal sports and a Community Bible Study throughout the school year.
In this fast-food, fast-paced and rather shallow society - I'm finding that raising children who are obedient, patient and who love the Lord is not just challenging...it's HARD. There's very little encouragement to focus on your spouse and your children...if you do so, you can easily run the risk of being termed "anti-social". But if you were to ask me, "What is the one thing that you could not live with?", I would say immediately: my children not making it to Heaven! It is Chad and my job to teach our children what the heart of God is...to read the Bible to them daily....to plant seeds of scripture, as well as words of wisdom. And what I'm finding is that in between cooking, cleaning, teaching, diapering, chaperoning and playing, there's little time for anything else! Heck, just teaching them to do for themselves is a full-time job! Lol!
I used to be an "on-the-go-kinda-girl"! I loved to be busy...busy,busy,busy! I love to be involved and love to lead...but, God put me in this phase of life and I'm having to back away from my volunteer roles so that my children and husband can come first. And the freedom that's coming with these decisions is maaaarvelous....I'm learning how to say "no" and although I honestly would love to help organize or serve in the community and within our church congregation, there is such peace in knowing that my focus is where it should be.
Please don't get me wrong...I love people and believe that we need to fellowship with and encourage one another! I just am finding that I have to be diligent in "checking myself",...making sure I'm not becoming distracted by the busyness of life - I think this is one of Satan's number one tools!
These three little people below are my focus, and I pray that God's grace will pour out on me as I do my best in helping them grow to be more like Christ each day!