Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Getting Excited About Our New LIFE Adventure!

Seems like yesterday



Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.  For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. -- 1 John 2:15-16

Are there area’s in your life that are important to you but you just don’t have time to work on them because of your busy schedule? (I know that has been true of me this past year)  What I am learning is that saying "no" to something outside my home allows me to say "yes" to something even better!

I thought I would share where I've been stumbling around and how faithful God is to pick me up, dust me off and put me back on the path of righteousness.

Homeschool - Our homeschool has met all the legal requirements, but it has not met my personal goals. I homeschool because I want to spend time with my children. I want to talk about the world around them and how it lines up with God’s word. I want to be there to marvel in their “aha” moments. In the midst of busyness, I have found myself pushing them to work independently. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE our paces and online learning but found it should be a tool and not the main meal.

Marriage- Though my husband loves me and cheers me on, I’ve been dropping my end of the deal. What used to be an occasional take-over-for-mom night, has turned into a consistent theme. When he is home rather than snuggling I have found myself working on articles, checking facebook, reading my SWSH forums. (guilty smile) I want to romance him with yummy dinners, clean counters, my full attention and I cannot do that when I am busy about my agenda.

Health- The truth is I am having health issues. I am currently in the process of receiving my official diagnosis for fibromyalgia. I am not fearful or scared, as I know the ONE who holds my future in HIS hands, but I am convicted. I’ve been too busy to focus on this theme of health even though I felt the Lord calling me to do it. I would justify my lack of self control and healthy habits by focusing on taking care of those around me. Though that sounds selfless it is actually selfish. It’s easier to serve (control) others than to take care of myself. (Work on my own behaviors)

So what does this mean?

I am walking in the power of NO! It’s hard because it is self satisfying to help others. I had my first big test just last Saturday when I was asked to do something new at our church. Saying no was hard but once I did, it felt GOOD!

I have turned in my notice as the chairwoman for our homeschool support group. (read yesterday's post)  It has been such a pleasure to serve in this area for the past five years but the time has come for me to focus on my own homeschool, parenting and marriage. I am thankful for my board of directors who have cheered me on to walk Holy.

I am re-igniting my personal blogging.  It' been fun getting to write for other venue's but I now need to spend time focusing on Jesus IN me and not ME in the world.



I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.


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