Last week, we talked about the first step in Saying Goodbye to Survival Mode: prayerfully setting and focusing on our personal priorities. And this week I have begun to work on the next steps Crystal lays out in chapter one: clearing the schedule clutter, cutting out time and energy suckers, and counting the costs. And let me tell you, this has been a challenge for me. Yes, I have clearly defined priorities now, but I need the discipline to break some habits so I can focus on what truly matters.
I was reading in Proverbs last week and came across this verse:
“He who tills this land will have plenty of food, But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.” – Proverbs 28:19
And then the very next verse says, ” A faithful man will abound with blessings” – Proverbs 28:20a Continue Reading
If we want to get organized and feel more free to love and laugh in our lives, the first thing we need to is set priorities. They are the anchor, the organizing principle that should set our homes in order. When we stray from the anchor of our priorities we will feel the tug. We will not be as happy because we are not doing the things that are truly and most important to us. There will be a pull we feel, trying to bring us back on track. And if we ignore the tug, we can sometimes suffer the physical consequences of our wandering.
In the first chapter of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, Crystal suggests that the first step to moving away from simply surviving is to “Stop Trying to Do it All.” We get run down when we try to say yes to everything that comes our way, every opportunity, every request, and (even) every standard. “Yes” is what gets us into trouble. She encourages us to begin to create margin in our lives by beginning to say, “No” to the less-than important things in our lives. Continue Reading
As though I could be any less than real with you, dear reader, it goes without saying that I have been neglecting a very important part of this blog. I started writing this blog in a way, to offer hope to other homemakers along their journey. Motherhood and homemaking can be tiresome and difficult and thankless. (It can also be very rewarding, so don’t get me wrong) And I started a group/series here to encourage you along the journey of homemaking and called it Hope for Homemakers.
Oh, how I wish I had Matthew McConaughey’s easy way and ever-so-cool outlook on life! He actually got up after winning an award this season (probably more than once) and said that phrase that typifies his persona and gets him mocked constantly. The cool as a cucumber way he says it just makes me smile.
But in real life, in this homemaker’s heart, things have not been so cool lately. I haven’t been able to go with the flow and ride the waves like a surfer. I feel like I have been drowning in certain areas, struggling in others, and barely making it in general. I get all motivated to “start fresh” and “get things done” and then I seem to fall flat in a matter of minutes or hours.