Thursday, August 13, 2009

Finally, Some Quiet!

Well, almost. I don't quite have the house to myself, since my hubby is home this morning. He had a slow morning, so he is hanging around here until it's time for his next job.

I am quickly starting to love these quiet mornings, once again. I love the summer, but it is great to have the house silent for once. My favorite thing to do in this time is pray and read God's word. Ahhhhhhhh. I can just feel myself filling back up with Him. It's amazing what happens when you don't have that quiet time. Nothing bad, I mean, just...I don't know...tension, stress, aggravation at mundane things. I experienced all of those during our 2 months' vacation time. I love my young men {I have promised myself not to call them just 'boys' anymore, but that's a whole OTHER post on another day}, but I desperately need this time.

When I picked up my devotion book, I almost laughed at the title: Does It Really Matter? I say this phrase all the time. I love to look at life as the big picture. When you take the time to do that, you quickly realize than in the big 'ol grand scheme of things, certain things just DO NOT matter. Do you need a 'for instance'? I can give you several. How about that person that cuts you off in traffic? The author of my morning devo actually used this one. What about doing EVERY SINGLE LITTLE thing in your child's classroom at school? I am preaching to myself here. What about how clean your house is? Is that more important than spending a precious weekend with your family?

I am stepping back and doing a reevaluation of my life and schedule this year. I have already prayed over this school year, and I have promised to myself and to God that before I agreed to do anything at the school~ANYTHING~I would take time to pray and ask for guidance. I don't really want to do all the things I did last year. I want to cherish the time off that I have in the mornings and use those mornings growing in my relationship with my Creator. I don't want to fill them with a bunch of different morning activities. Of course it would also be nice if I could spend some of that time keeping house so I can more fully enjoy my weekends.

What about you? Is there something YOU want to change this school year? How about some new challenges or goals in your Spiritual walk? I encourage you to find something....whether it be a new Bible study {or your first!}, or reading the Bible everyday, or learning something new. Try it and see what God does through you. Ask Him to take what you're doing and use it to His glory! You will stand back and be amazed at the end, I promise.

I love the devotion I did with the kids this morning~it was all about making wise choices. Our verse of the day was from 2 Timothy 1:7 which says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self~discipline." Why don't we make some wise choices today, step back and examine our lives, and see what needs to change. I know I am. Anyone care to join me? Comment on here if you do~I can't wait to rejoice with you when God does something amazing through you! Love to all!

2 comments:

Phyllis said...

First I will say that your new background is beautiful. It is really you with your colors. Now to respond to your blog. I am so excited about this new Bible study "The New Eve". I feel that it will help me to grow and that is what I want to do. I have been loving reading my Bible more. When you told me that you wouldn't read your fun books until after you read the Bible, I started doing that too. One day last week I got so wrapped up in my Bible reading that I read it almost all day and never did pick up my fun book that I was looking forward to finishing. God's Word is exciting! I am also excited about getting to help at the school again this year. I love my life that God has blessed me with. My wise choices for today are doing my reading to be prepared for tonight and doing my office work and of course reading my Bible. Have a great day!!! I love you so much!
Bunches of love.

all4boys said...

I loved this comment! Thanks for the background compliment, isn't it purdy???? I love me some blue and brown. One of these days my bedroom {OUR bedroom I mean} is going to be blue and brown. I wonder which paint on the walls would look better? Blue? Or brown? Hmmmm....

Sidetracked....that is awesome about the Bible reading, sadly to say, I have been not so great at that. I am an open book and am professing un~perfectness here, so I am really going out on a limb. Today I had some good time, though. And the cool thing is, that God doesn't mind if it's not all day~if MY best is ten minutes, than that's ok with Him, as long as I am growing in His love and knowledge. He is so cool about that. Now if it is all day, then that is amazing. I have done that in the past.

I am sorry that I am ditching our Bible study. :( I just hate to keep missing and still expect to "get" so much from it, ya know? B/c the great thing about the Bible study is the discussion. I hope you reap huge blessings from it, I know you will. Thanks for the comment. I love it.

And you. I love you. Thank you for being so involved at their school. Kathy is excited about you getting back into the swing of things!!! Muah!!!