Live Today! Lesson’s Learned In Changes of Life’s Seasons

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Our family is in a readjustment phase.  My husband has been gloriously blessed with a new job that so far, after 2 weeks, he seems to adore.  Unfortunately the downside of his new gig is his new schedule.  He is not home nearly as much as we were used to.  Over the past couple of weeks as we’ve made our adjustments I’ve learned a few lessons.

  • I have to plan!  I HATE to plan!  I’d rather just go with the flow and relax.  You know the old saying… “Failing to plan means planning to fail.”  Yeah… I get it!  Without a solid plan in place for each week we end up in chaos.  Meal planning, chore planning, schedule planning, homeschool planning… at least for the time being I feel like almost every detail of our lives has to be planned!
  • I hate 5am but I need that time more than EVER!  Yes, I’m back to waking up before the birds! I hate it!  I thought I left the working world in order to avoid it.  But it works.  I get some time with hubby before he leaves for the day.  I get some reading and prayer time in.  I get my PLAN for the day finalized.  Those hours before my children rise are a gift.  It is worth the sacrifice.
  • I LOVE my crockpot!  Meals made ahead of time, hot and ready to serve despite a time crunch?  Yep, the crockpot is God’s gift to me right now.
  • Maybe cooking isn’t so bad!  My hubby is our chef and our 6 year old is following in Daddy’s footsteps.  I have always really loathed cooking.  Too stressful and too messy! These days though, with a plan… a crockpot… and a little time to think about it… I might just come to like cooking.  At least a little bit.
  • My kids really are amazing helpers.  I sort of think of myself as an orchestra conductor.  I get the whole shebang going and keeping us moving but it is my kiddo’s that really do the work.  They are such a blessing to me.
  • I need Christ more than ever!  I need to lean on Him and draw my strength for my Lord.  If I try to do this all alone though my own power, I will fail.

What is my point?  Why am I sharing this with all of you?  Because I want to inspire you!  I can do more than I ever thought I was capable of and so can my children!  It isn’t all sunshine and roses.  Yes I’ve lost my temper more than a few times this week. My three year old had her share of blood curdling temper tantrums.  My 8 year old gave me his best anti-math tantrum!  Yes, I even had harsh words with my husband. Surely I’m incredibly exhausted.  I did fall asleep at 8pm the other night.  Over all though… I can do this!  I’m very proud of my family right now.  Somehow over the last two weeks we have grown closer to one another and closer to God.

Most importantly, I’m learning that I need to Live for TODAY!

Yes I’m planning planning planning to make every day go as smoothly as I can.  It is in those plans that I am learning to truly love and enjoy each moment with my children (well, maybe not the tantrums) and my husband.  I never know God’s plans for me.  I want to enjoy his blessings as I travel the road.

Now, off to plan NEXT week!

 

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