Another week stretching out with too many things demanding my attention. It always makes me wonder how I accomplish anything during the school year with homeschooling daily breathing down my neck.
My first order of business will be to find and compile all my To Do Lists from the past week in my Summer Binder and on my computer. I am getting a lot done, but I am not always efficient – YET.
-Does Jon need another teeth cleaning?
Don’t Do List – I am giving myself permission to NOT tackle anything for homeschool this week.
Our summer schedule is simple –
Morning – work
Afternoon – play
I usually get up much earlier than the kids because I cherish those golden silent moments and the ability to sometimes work on a project alone. After they obey the Morning Rule – “get up, get dressed, make your bed” -they eat and we decide what needs to be conquered. They usually aren’t allowed to clean their rooms during this time, that is expected to be done. Mornings are Mommy Projects, extra things I need help with and skills that I am teaching them.
Lists should be a tool, not a torture. We are not a slave to them. There are days I give myself permission to not even look at my lists, or have to cross anything off. Somedays, I do a bunch of stuff that isn’t even on the list, and wasn’t ever going to be on the list.
I still want to be led by the Lord in how I spend my time and energy. According to Proverbs 16, we plan, but the Lord guides. I am embarrassed to say that sometimes I forget to pray over my lists.
The lists are NOT to hang a noose around my neck, they are just to keep me from forgetting things that need to be done and keep me from wasting time.
Plus, when they are on the counter, the kids might even go see what “needs to be crossed off” before we can go play.
I am hearing the sounds of summer, laugher and lawnmowing, and the sun is peeking through my curtains.
I’m gunna throw in a load of laundry, stack my lists on the Summer binder in the kitchen and grab another cup of coffee.
‘Cuz, I have another Monday to face.
Dad was trying to figure out how to relate to me!
his demonstration of his love to me.
and continues to stand,
than anything he could ever say to me.
to pull out the shot gun.
I could see it in his eyes and graying hair.
I saw his Love starting to pour out.
I saw our Heavenly Father shining through Dad,
helping him love.
helped me grow into the young lady I am today.
The love that a father has towards his children is one of the most precious things that can be portrayed. In the Bible we have pictures of Abraham and his son Isaac, Jacob and his son Joseph, and many others. But the most beautiful ones we see is the Heavenly Father and his Son, The Lord Jesus Christ. Those are some pretty incredible examples of a Father’s love. A couple of verses that were brought to my mind were in Romans 8:14-17.
How beautiful it is that those of us who have trusted to Lord as Savior to be our Redeemer have the privilege to call The Heavenly Father Our Heavenly Father. I am so thankful and privileged to have an earthly father who loves the Lord with all his heart. It is because of his godly influence in my life that I can have a closer walk with my Father who is in heaven.