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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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I've been reading a devotional titled Devotions for Homeschool Moms.  In one of its chapters, the author wrote, "Discipleship costs us something.  Jesus made it clear that self-denial is a part of the program.  While on the surface it seems rather obvious that as homeschooling moms we have to give up a few things, it goes much deeper than that.  Homeschooling becomes a lifestyle that will not allow you to do some of the things you used to do, but opens the door for new opportunities at the same time."


I found myself later that day thinking about how, for this season of my life, this is most certainly true.  Last year I unschooled my Kindergartener, for us that meant we worked on things as time allowed.  However this year, because of his being in first grade, his schooling is more structured.  Between educating him and helping my eldest with some of his studies, I find that there is very little time for me to do the things that I enjoy (usually they are homeschool related too {smile}) before I start the routine of the second part of my day - dinner, cleanup, spending time with my family, and bedtime rituals. And as my parents age, they are also in need of more of my help.
  
At the end of the same chapter the author continued, "I see homeschooling as a calling from the Lord to minister to my family in a particular way.  This call is specifically for right now.  It precludes many other things that I could be doing with my time.  Hobbies and free time are almost history as I struggle to carve out a little time.  This is okay because in doing what the Lord wants me to do, I am willing to pay the price."

Sometimes when I feel disheartened by my lack of "me time" I look around and find that God blesses me by giving me what I call "little surprises" of time in order to refresh my soul.  A perfect example happened today.  When I started writing this post I was interrupted several times by my children's bickering which called for my guidance.

I was beginning to believe that this would be yet another "unfinished" post when the phone suddenly rang.  My first thought was, "There's another interruption."  It was a friend calling me back to let me know that her son was available to come over to play with my sons.  It wasn't an interruption after all, but a little gift from God instead.  He knew my heart's desire; to be able to have some uninterrupted time in which I could share some of my thoughts with you.  I silently gave him a prayer of thanks and praise.  (I am so thankful to have a Father who knows me so well and loves me so much.)

And as for "opening up new opportunities," God has most certainly done that in my life.  I am very thankful for His help and guidance in starting a homeschool support group in my area, for the new friends he has brought to both my life and my children's, and for the opportunities to serve other families. 

Although it's true that I don't have time anymore for some of my hobbies and my free time is limited, God knows just when my gas tank is close to empty and He always fills me up, whether it's through His word or through his lovable blessings.  It is He who sustains me through this season of my life so that I may do what I feel is my calling, to minister to my family and homeschooling is just one way of doing this.

What are ways God blesses you when your gas tank is near empty?



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