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All my life I have thought everything needed to be planned out. As a matter of fact, I am one of those people that have to follow a plan before I can even half way function. One thing I am learning, however, is that we can not allow our own plans to begin to take away our joy or the joy of those around us. Sometimes our plans, routines, and schedules have to change with the season our family is in.
This is where I have found myself lately. I am at a point in my life where my kids seem to long for me a lot more, our school days take a bit longer than they used to and my husband seems to have to remind me to simply breathe. Our parental season changed without me even realizing it. At one point I found myself so caught up with trying to follow our plans and schedule that I was truly beginning to forget how to live in the moment.
It’s funny how that can happen to us moms without of even realize it. We get so wrapped up in trying to accomplish everything that we forget how to actually truly live in the moment. We forget that some of the greatest lessons that we can teach our children actual come from unplanned events. We even forget that in our time of schedules sometimes God needs us to simply be unplanned so that we ourselves can allow God to reveal things to us.
So how in the world are we suppose to begin to even find the balance that God needs us to have?
I think it is important to remember that though we do need to have plans and routines to help keep us organized we do not have to allow them to consume every waking moment of our day to the point that we can no longer enjoy our day to day activities.
We have to remember that just because we have it written down that it doesn’t always have to be crossed off all in one day. Instead, we need to make sure to prioritize our activities and duties. Focusing on getting the most important things done and getting everything else done as time allows.
Nowhere does it say that we are only supposed to teach our children to work ourselves into an early grave? Nope, it’s not in the Bible. Shocking I know. The truth is that yes we are supposed to work diligently and we are supposed to be wise with our time but we do not have to fill our plates so full that we miss out on things like mid day cuddles, morning breakfast conversations or even extra storytime to a child who just needs a little extra love. One of our greats ministries is our children. They should always take more of our time than all other outside activities. Sometimes this means that we have to cut things out of our lives for a season or at least cutback.
As wives and mothers, our family needs to come first. This looks different for each family but it is still the same. We are the glue of our families. Our families depend on us to give of our time and not just our energy. We must remember that. They need our time far more than they need a home that runs on a strict schedule.
This, my friends, is what I am learning. The more I seem to fight to keep my schedule afloat, the more I realize that I have to live more in the moment with my family and I also realize that in this season I am simply in a place where I am learning that living in the moment is actually far better than having every single moment planned out. In doing so it is allowing me to find joy in things that I did not find possible and it is allowing my children to simply enjoy their mom.
I encourage you to look at your day. Are you taking the time to truly live in the moment or are you allowing your schedule to lock you into a rut?
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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