several times in the past week or so, or it's been commented "I don't know how you do it". I keep thinking about it and wanted to share a few tips or thoughts with you, in hopes that it will shed some light...
***TIPS AND THOUGHTS ON DOING IT ALL***
1. I DON'T do it all. I don't always have a ship-shape house. My laundry isn't always done (each member in our home does their own laundry). My room isn't always clean (again, my kiddos clean their own rooms.
2. We share responsibility in our home, in order to TEACH responsibility. Fortunately, our kiddos are old enough to do chores like cleaning up the kitchen, taking out trash, tending the pets, etc. They have been doing chores since they were very young. My husband is amazing in that he helps a ton with dinner if need be (like last night when I couldn't do much), we work together with carpooling for practice, and he does amazing work around our home. We are a team, and everyone does their part to help the team out.
3. I try to keep a laser focus with Jesus. Every. Single. Day. This is why you will rarely see me NOT post devotions for the day, but maybe lax on food and exercise posts. Devotions, prayer and worship at the beginning of each day (I utilize my half hour work commute for prayer and worship), set my compass and course in all areas of my life.
4. Which leads me to prioritizing. Like my multiple projects at work, I prioritize what is most important, and identify the immediate need for the day in areas of my relationships FIRST - hubby, kiddos, friends/family, co-workers, and LES Ladies. I trust God's Spirit to lead and guide me. I then focus on projects SECOND - soccer boosters, website, social media posts, cleaning out the closet, organizing the bedroom, and right now, the devotions book.
5. Once prioritized, I try to layout when certain things can get done throughout the day and then move to the plan - keeping in mind, the plan is NEVER more important than relationships, and tasks are never a higher priority than meeting the need of someone God places in my path that I didn't "plan" - be it a stranger, my child, or a friend...
6. The daily plan, fits into a weekly schedule, I typically layout on Saturday or Sunday. This is when we look at our work schedules, appointments, sports practices and swim schedule. We plan our meals and grocery shopping around this (to the best of our ability, admittedly we get carry-out from time to time) schedule as well, and know what we're going to have for dinner for the week (most of the time, remember, I don't do it all, all the time).
7. I really don't spend much time surfing social media and watching television. I know that may seem hard to believe, when up to three posts (sometimes more) are seen from me on a daily basis, but keep in mind, one post takes a few minutes out of a 24 hour time frame. Responding can be done while taking a bio-break ;) Television has no appeal to me, unless my family wants to sit down for a movie together. PLUS, I've recently been connected with someone who is helping me with creating images and editing the devotions book. Which leads me into point eight...
8. I have help. Just like my husband and children help, I have been blessed with amazing friends and mother-in-law who help with our kiddos. AH-MAZING. I fell for the thinking too long that I needed to be super woman (or should I say be the one in control?) and I needed to do it all, on my own, or I wasn't good enough. Well pooey! That's a lie. God designed us to connect with others, so we could support one another with practical things in life, not just prayer and psychological help :D.
9. I trust and believe within everything in me, God has certain things He needs to say and do through my life, for very specific people - and I am driven by His need. I know I have a purpose, and He has a plan. I know I cannot do it all on my own, but He can do everything through me, IF I KEEP LOOKING TO HIM. Which leads me to my final thought...
10. Rarely do I compare my life to the lives of others. I just don't do it. I was in a study group not too long ago about the comparison trap, and it was really a struggle for me - I couldn't relate. I've learned to never look at someone's current chapter, and think their's is "better" than my own. After all, I have no idea what that person has fought through, to get to where they are. I've learned my course and path is mine a lone, and I am the only one who will answer for what I did or did not do - not anyone else. I have to be faithful to what I believe God has laid out for me. Finally, I always think of Saul, when tempted to reply or live in a way that OTHERS THINK I SHOULD. In 1 Samuel 15:24 Saul shares he was afraid of the people and did what they demanded. Because of this, God ultimately rejected Saul and sought another king.
My obedience to the Lord is more important than opinions, acceptance, or rejecting by others. I feel because I believe this, He empowers me to do all that continues to be done. I pray you have a great day, and perhaps one or several of these tips or thoughts resonate with you, and may be of value in your own life.
Duty calls, God bless and have a FANTABULOUS weekend <3
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