I’m a “go-with-the-flow” kind of gal. I don’t like to be too structured though “loosey-goosey” makes me crazy, too.
Pretty much like everything else, I fall right in the middle. I like to have a plan but I don’t hyperventilate if the day goes awry. I have found that much of the beauty of life can be missed if you’re a rigid slave to your own plans.
But I am beginning to realize that I really need to rework my schedule now that I have three young children, co-coordinate a MOPS group and am trying to launch a freelance writing career while also maintaining a blog.
This past weekend at Relevant 2010, I became aware that it might be wise to actually compose a schedule that will allow me to focus on 1) God, 2) my family, and 3) writing. My blanket excuse had always been “I just don’t have enough time in this season of my life.”
I’m slowly realizing that no quiet time with God is sucking me dry. Sure, I usually get it in somewhere during the day when I find a free moment juxtaposed against preschool pick-up and drop-offs but there were no consistent chunks of time with Him to really read His words and talk to Him in prayer.
After listening to a few speakers this weekend, mainly Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom and Courtney Joseph from Women Living Well, I was inspired to be a little more intentional about my day and see if some of the frenetic pace of serving three children under five and a husband could be calmed.
It’s still nuts. But a better kind of nuts.
I loved Courtney’s advice to be the first one up each morning. I usually wake with my children, thus leading to an overwhelmed start of the day which leaves me feeling like I am already late before my feet even hit the floor. This sets the tone for the rest of the day and it seems like I can’t ever catch up.
For the past two days, I have gotten up at 6 a.m. and had quiet time with Him. I can then get organized for our day and be ready when the pitter-patter of little feet hit the hardwood floor. Most importantly, I am working hard to not ever see my clock reach 11:00 in the evening. I need to be asleep by then each night if I am going to be up with Him by 6 o’clock the next morning.
Two days does not a habit make and I know this – I share this with you so you will hold me accountable. Please don’t hesitate to ask me how my schedule is going.
Susannah has a new Bible and we have started reading Genesis 1. This is a book in the Bible I have read often and yet I chuckled at God’s message.
Even He organized the earth. Semblance and order was part of His plan, too.
Night and Day. Water and Land. Categories of animals. People.
We are made to serve Him, to glorify Him. But we really can’t do that if we can’t find our way out of a paper bag.
There must be a plan. And boundaries that protect that plan.
I read in my mothering calendar today that each time we say “yes” we are saying “no” to something else.
I’m sorting out and organizing what’s really important, what really matters, and letting the rest blow away with the chaff.
I’m pretty certain that’s what He wants anyway.