September 21, 2013

caring for ourselves is caring for our family

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as a wife, mommy & homemaker i'm quite exhausted, my needs are neglected & i often don't feel like doing much at the end of the day (as i'm sure most of you can attest)! i've NEVER been a morning person! i grew up with my mom & younger brother & sister having to come in a force me out of bed each morning. i enjoy sleep. & i enjoy being up later at night. especially now with mike in school. he's gone all day & our 3 little ones take all of my attention during the day. so at night i usually want to stay up late to watch a tv show (so i don't have to use my brain) & spend time with mike. for years we've been in the bad habit of staying up way too late to catch up on our favorite show. then 6:30/7am rolls around & our boys are rested & ready to be up... but mommy & daddy ARE NOT & that makes for some rough days. the Lord has really convicted me of this sin lately. i am being selfish with my time & not honoring Him when i waste my nights. sure, there should be some time for watching a favorite show or movie, but not every night! ugh. embarrassing. with mike's crazy school schedule we decided to change our routine. i HAVE to be in bed, falling asleep, no later than 10pm. so once the boys are in bed at 8 i have from 8-10 to clean up the house, spend some time with mike & READ! this is really the only time i have during my day to read. then i HAVE to be up by 6 to get time in the Word, work out, shower, breakfast prep & be ready to face the day with my kiddos. it's been good to have this new discipline, hard, but good. this week had been an adjustment for all 5 of us. we got so used to being home with each other every day & the boys have been quite cranky & i have been quite impatient because of all of the change. but i'm so grateful for the grace & forgiveness & patience of my Father. please please watch this video by desiring God!
al

4 comments:

the hummingbird said...

I love your thoughts! We are working on the same kind of discipline in my home. Life seems to be far more manageable when I can get up early and spend some time in my scriptures before the day begins.

Hannah Ray Nelson said...

i feel ya mama. glad to know i'm not the only one in this boat. Last night i realized i stayed up till 1AM when i knew the little would be up by 7. how silly.

Jordan - Polkadot Prints said...

Oh I hear you loud and clear! I too can easily get lost in the quiet of night, and I find I 'click on' in the evening creatively too. So hard to be disciplined in going to bed at a certain time particularly when you're on a roll with a project. But, so true that it makes life so much smoother the next day when I do stick to it!! Maybe I need to set an alarm for 9.30 or something to start winding down : )

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