Today could potentially make me crazy. This next year could potentially make me crazy.
I don’t want to be a crazy woman.
But I know I’m capable of it, because I have little flashbacks sometimes to screaming at my kids, pulling out my hair, storming out of rooms, and threatening my kids with boarding school. (If they do go to boarding school in high school, I promise it will be because they want to go, not because I finally made good on my threats.)
Today we start school. Homeschool. Life school. Whatever you call it, I’m educating these kids again and I hope, I dearly hope that this year goes a little smoother than last.
So I woke up at 4:15 this morning with my mind focused on school and ready to be ready. I stumbled across a couple of encouraging blogs that reminded me of a drawing I made at the beginning of our school year last year-
What is the hope? Jesus has become a forever link between us frail humans and the most Holy God, so we can have a personal relationship with our God. This is the most PRECIOUS gift, and I don’t want to take it for granted.
A friend of mine over at Beyond the Nook wrote a blog recently about Anchors. It’s something that I’ve been tossing around in my mind, thinking that I need to write down some anchors for this year. She touches on 4 areas from Mark 12:30- “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.”
These four areas encompass our whole being- inside and out, and in our vertical relationship with Jesus and in our horizontal relationships with others.
What are my anchors?
(all rooted in my personal relationship with Jesus) I prefer these to goals, because I really struggle with failure- and I can fail at goals (but I know there is a time and place for goals!). For each day, being anchored and stable and rooted in Christ- these are things that I want to work on.
-Mom grace- letting go of self-imposed guilt that I’m not doing a good enough job but instead celebrating what IS good (check out this blog on Mom Grace)
-prioritizing time with my husband- investing in our marriage
-celebrating special times with my kids- trying to have some intentional time with them each day, even if brief, that will speak into their hearts their value- quality over quantity
– 5:15 quiet time at sunrise- I used to hate mornings but now I cherish them!! Coffee and Jesus…. And let me just say, there wasn’t a whole lot of quiet time while my kids were little- having sleep now and being able to claim this time in the morning is a sweet, sweet gift. God spoke to my soul in a different way during those tender years.
– pouring into others through ministry what God has been gracious to pour into me- through ESL, through Zumba, through blogging
– practicing skills and hobbies like writing, painting, and reading.
– embracing new things at the expense of temporary discomfort for the sake of personal development (sometimes just going into a new store or visiting a neighbor)
– eat mostly healthy foods (but grace for the times when it’s just food on the table and full bellies)
– finding a way to be active each day, whether it’s working out on my own, with friends in a zumba ministry class, or with my kids on the trails
Update- today went well. First days often do. I pray that I am a little more anchored this year, a little more peaceful.
Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength….