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Okay, so I’ve been feeling frazzled lately and I’m not supposed to! In my last post, I’ve shared that we’re supposed to start our schoolyear already but would have to delay it a bit due to family priorities. We are on an extended summer vacation and that is supposed to give me more time, right? More time to relax and take care of my health and well-being (I have hypothyroidism, by the way, and feeling tired most of the time is one of its symptoms) To finally have some tv time for me (When I turn on the tv, I usually just watch the news and it is true that news can be depressing. Not a good idea after all?). To make and drink more fruit and green smoothies. To exercise at 8:00 in the morning and not at 10 or 11:30ish when it’s too hot already (From the the time I wake up which is around 6/6:30 a.m., that’s how long it usually takes for me to finish my morning routine and finally do my exercise. At least 3.5 hours! I’m sorry but I’m just not the type who can wake up at 4:00 am everday). To read my books (How’s 5 books to catch up with my reading?) and e-books (Oh, I have lots of them!). To finally work on something from our collection of arts and crafts materials. To pin more stuff in my Pinterest boards 🙂 No matter how I keep on telling myself “Slow down, Racquel, slow down. Take it easy.”, I still find myself rushing every morning, not able to wake up earlier than 6:00 or 6:30 a.m. (Sigh. I always feel I need to sleep some more), putting away books or slippers, turning off switches (even if I’ve reminded Mike, Arielle, and Kayla a hundred times!), sorting out this and that, stitching a hole on a bag, cleaning up, replying to a text message or emails that really need my immediate attention, moving “to and fro” as my old playmate would put it, etc., etc. (The etc’s can be endless!) And we haven’t even started another homeschool schoolyear! Hey, I’m supposed to be on summer vacation. Am I feeling more relaxed? Honestly? No!!! Why do I feel as or even more exhausted when I know I shouldn’t be.
Well, what do you know! I received this email from The Better Mom and it seems that the author of the post, Brooklyn McGlothlin, and I are in the same predicament. We both want more time for ourselves, to rest, AND actually…what we really need is more “quiet time” with God.
For those of you who may be struggling like me (We moms all have different kinds of “craziness” in our homes), then this wonderful advice by Brooklyn McGlothlin could be the answer. Please read on…
PRAYING ON THE HOURS. I think this is God’s loving way of reminding me to ALWAYS put Him FIRST before moving to and fro and multitasking as much as I can. It’s His way of telling me that it is time exclusively spent with Him that will give me the grace and strength I need to be able to have the time that I’m asking for in the first place. What do you think?
Matthew 6:30-34 —
If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers –
most of which are never even seen –
don’t you think He’ll attend to you,
take pride in you,
do His best for you?
What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax,
to not be so preoocuppied with getting,
so you can respond to God’s giving.
People who don’t know God and the way He works
fuss over these things,
but you know both God and how He works.
Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions.
Don’t worry about missing out.
You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
Give your entire attention in what God is doing right now,
and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.
God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
(taken from The Message, The Bible in Contemporary Language)