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Life has a way of getting out of control if we aren’t careful. Sometimes it becomes out of control because of things that we simply can not foresee. Often times, however, we are simply way too busy because we aren’t being good stewards of our time.
Sure we try to be good stewards of our time. We want to be present and in check with those around us. However, with the very popular technology all around us, it is so easy to get sucked right into time suckers. A Google search can lead us down rabbit trails, Pinterest can steal hours away from a day and don’t even get me started on Facebook. I am not saying these things are bad I am just saying they can potentially become bad.
Other times, we lose time because we have forgotten to keep ourselves in check on how many things that we are actually doing outside our homes and not in them. As a wife and mother, we need to realize that having outside ambitions and goals is a great thing. However, those things do not need to take away from what God has us doing right in our very homes. In my own home, I have four people who are depending on me to sow seeds of God into their hearts, to prepare them for the world and to not only academically teach them but to spiritually teach them as well. They need more of me than anyone else (except of course my husband who needs to know that I am here standing with him, to help him and to be his helper).
In today’s world, we have to keep ourselves in check and present or we will completely miss the boat on our most important ministry.
Here are some ways I am keeping myself in check:
- Study God’s Word first: Too many times we get busy trying to get a jump start on the day that before we know it the day is almost over and we haven’t even invited God into our day. No wonder we get so off track and have the wrong mindset!! So I am refusing to answer emails, get any online work done or even start housework until I have my time with God.
- Set Timers: When we need to be online or do something that can be a time sucker then it is a good idea to set a timer. I have found this makes me work faster and better. Not because I do not strive to be effective any other time but because I know my time is limited online and as a virtual assistant and a blogger my time online is kinda important.
- If something takes away to much time away from the family it needs to be cut back or done away with: Now I know what you are thinking. You are thinking everyone needs time to themselves and yes you do. However, if you are spending more time on yourself than you do on your family there is a problem. If something outside your home requires more of you and requires you to give less of you at home then it needs to be cut back or eliminated . Instead, see if there is something that you can pull your whole family in on. This site itself is a group effort. My oldest manages my Pinterest account, my husband listens to articles that I write before I press publish and my littles help me review most of the books that I talk about from time to time.
- Have your children hold you accountable: I am perfectly fine with the fact that my children know I need their help keeping myself on track. Therefore, they are more than happy to let me know that I have when over my “office hours” and I want them to come to me to tell me when they feel that I have been a bit distracted. I want them to have all of me and I need them to hold me accountable.
- Allow yourself grace: We have a huge job. We are teachers, housekeepers, nose wipers, nurses, cooks, storytellers, and cheerleaders. We will have days that we don’t use our time to the best of our abilities. Somedays we will find it hard to be present but God is right there with us. We are living His plan for our lives and no matter what He will not let us fail. We simply have to lean on Him.
Until next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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