Per Amy Beth's recommendation, I have begun reading Creative Counterpart by Linda Dillow. So far it is a very easy read that I am really enjoying! While I hate seeing my shortcomings written down by somebody else, I do like reading about ways to improve my marriage and bless my family. This book has been an encouragement so far and, although my reading is late at night, I haven't dozed off once!
I am only through the first quarter of the book and am sorry to say that I can't believe how I can screw up something so simple as priorities! Take a look at this list of priorities for my life:
4. Everything else
Even with everything after children being lumped into a single number 4, how is it that Everything Else seems to climb up the ladder of priorities and-- gasp!-- has even been known to perch itself on top...yup, the VERY top!
I have written this short list down and taped it to my bathroom mirror for a daily reminder of how I should view my day. It has been a tremendous help in trimming down the time-robbers in my day. It has also helped me see that my day is meaningful even if it's spent lounging with my dh on his day off (because he WANTS me to!) or playing games with the kids.
It's okay to say NO to the Mission Conference, Homeschool Thanksgiving Banquet and the Christmas play at church. Yes, these are things I enjoy and could do right now, but it would be at a very high price...my sanity and stress level would go out the window and my dh and children would suffer much more than they would ever be blessed. My ministry right now, especially with such young children, is to my family...this is my current season. And I am HAPPY in it!!!
I will pray and praise God in all things...even things like .