Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Sigh of Relief . . .

Did you hear that big sigh of relief last Friday?

We finished our school year! And now we are off for 7 weeks. Whoo hoo!

Well, the kids are off. I still have to close out the year, and then plan for all of next year for all 5 kids. But at least I have all the assignments graded and recorded. That is a day-to-day huge task, on top of teaching and trying to keep our home in a livable condition.

And then there are the summer projects I hope to accomplish. And the people I want to spend time with that I’m not able to when school is occupying so much of my day. And of course that is all in addition to the kids’ schedules that seem more busy this year than EVER before (swim lessons, sewing camp, home school convention, library volunteering, get-togethers, beach days, etc. etc.).

So, my sigh of relief . . . quickly evolved, into an almost panicked hyper-ventilating.

But, then God . . . (my favorite 3 word phrase in Scripture!)

Friday, after putting away the school books and hurriedly  munching down lunch, I drove David over to a wood-working lesson he had with an older gentleman from our church.

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Then I went to the park to finish up some grading. After I finished (yay!), my back was sore, so I decided I needed to walk and do some serious talking with the Lord over my lack of resting in Him. I had been listening to music as I graded and as always is the case, I was convicted and I just needed to spend some time talking things over with my Father. I was scared of not getting it all done. I was concerned that I couldn’t discern what really needed to get done. I was worried about having too many responsibilities or too many things I felt responsible for. My health was suffering. I knew I needed to make some changes.

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The walk was good. It is one of my favorite parks. It was a time I was able to take a few deep breaths, and get some perspective. I just poured my heart out. And I knew He heard me.

Then yesterday (Monday), Emily and I met with another mother and daughter at this  same park. We talked about managing our time from a biblical perspective. We got some of our material from Shopping For Time by Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters as well as Managers of their Homes by Steve and Terri Maxwell. We talked about what our priorities should be as Christian women. You know, the big categories. The morning was spent mainly in discussing the theoretical side of setting priorities and scheduling. It was a good time of fellowship and encouragement.

Emily and I got home earlier than we had anticipated. So, Earl being the amazing man that he is, sent the two of us off to Starbucks to get a coffee and sit and plan as much as we could. It was really an enjoyable time for the two of us. We talked through a lot of logistics and got a lot on paper. I think we need to make this an annual “kick-off-the-summer” activity.

So, I still have a lot of planning to do just personally, let alone school-wise. But my times in the morning studying the Word and taking all my “worries” and cares to my Father are helping me to continue to breathe more peacefully. I’ve also started to memorize some Scripture this summer . . .John 14.

So, if you didn’t hear the sigh of relief on Friday, perhaps you may hear it now, as I continue to learn to walk each minute of my busy, wonderful life, under the yoke of a Master whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light.

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