First Fundraiser

Sabrina is starting her first fundraiser. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that she is old enough to detail the fundraiser to friends and family, calling them on the phone or talking to them in person. Where did my little girl go?

The fundraiser is to help her tuition for Classical Conversations next year. Not one to throw away the opportunity to save even a little, I asked if she wanted to do it when I found out she could. She was so excited. Of course, my little social butterfly will take any opportunity to talk to people. As a toddler she’d tell just any adult at the playground the details of her life and what I ate that day for breakfast. If she’d had my social security number she would have been happy to share that too. Fast forward 5 years and she’s ready to disarm you with her smile, her passion and her powers of persuasion…so keep a tight grip on that checkbook! But, if you can’t…at least you will walk away with a box of cards and a bemused grin knowing she just raised money to help her do more school.

Sippin’ coffee

I am a devoted coffee drinker. When I wake up, I’m already thinking of that first cup. Not necessarily for the caffeine (although it’s helpful), but I love the sipping of coffee. It is my ‘slow’ moment in the rush of my morning. I wish is was my quiet moment too, but with three early rising children, quiet is not typically in the vocabulary.

This morning I’m sitting here, sipping, thinking of the myriad of things on agenda today ranging from a root canal this morning to errands, chores and of course, homeschooling. Much of what I do today will depend on the root canal. This will be my third…my first was easy and painless, my second one was a nightmare of a procedure as well as a painful one. Obviously, I’m hoping it will be like my first one but trying to prepare myself if it’s like the last.

I am thankful that even such things as my concerns over a root canal are okay to lay before God’s throne. By His grace I can endure whether a painless or painful procedure and He knows what the remainder of my day will entail.

Taking time

John has two more weeks of our current schedule; two jobs, days and nights with minimal rest in between.  This coming week we have a cool weather snap which we are hoping to add painting the exterior of the house in on his busy schedule.  So, with quite a few things on the calendar these next two weeks, we decided to luxuriate in a brief morning at the beach with our kids.

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It’s been a while since John and I have gotten to be with the kids together and not be doing something.  We sat in the shade of a palm tree in our beach chairs while the kids played 10 feet away and we got to talk.  No iphones, no books or magazines…just laughing at the kids, chatting, and enjoying our surroundings.  

I’m looking forward to having more opportunities to do that with John’s new schedule and new work, but in the meantime…I’m glad we took time.

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Living in your season of life

This week’s chapter in The Organized Heat was about rest, leisure and procrastination and how they can become idols.  It was an awesome, gut-checking chapter that gave some really good insights on how help determine if these good things have become things we pursue to the exclusion of the work God would have us do.  But what struck me the most was a relatively small section about living in your season of life.

Some seasons of life are more demanding than others.

Eastin, Staci (2011-02-26). The Organized Heart (p. 75). Cruciform Press. Kindle Edition.

Did you see that?  Have you ever been told this?  I think there is a great absence of this being told to…well, every woman I know.  I hear the lack of this understanding in the underlying feelings of guilt in the new mom, struggling on two hours of sleep and a complete disruption of what was “normal” for her.  I hear it in the mom of twins wondering if she is failing her calling in Christ if she can’t outreach like someone else.  I hear it in the parent of teens who are constantly shuttling kids from one activity to another, wondering if she’s missing something.

I have been facing this in my own life, although I’m leaving a season of intense watchfulness of 3 young children and almost exclusive child-rearing duties due to my husband’s work schedule, to the relative (for me, anyway) freedom of having my spouse home more often, the ability to do things at the park while they play, or knowing I can say “pick up your toys” and I don’t have to go point out each one.  Doors of servanthood, ministry and fellowship are opening that I previously could not do.  It’s not that I didn’t want to before.  It’s that I could not do it.  Would that someone had told me frequently, weekly, maybe daily that it is ok to not do everything.  Even the good everything.  Some seasons of life are HARD!  The work that God has for you may restrict to a very narrow and difficult intense time (mother’s of little ones, those dealing with chronic illness or loss of a loved one, etc) and perhaps, later you find that as that season passes, God will lead you to broader things, where more can be put on your plate with less intensity.  He may not.  But, that is what you need to be seeking out prayerfully before the Lord.  Our time is finite.  We need rest, we need to work.  But the dividing of our days to how much work, what work and how much rest and what rest we choose is individual.  This is not to say that we can work 80 hour weeks to the exclusion of other God-given responsibilities like that of family or spouse.  And in reverse, to spend our days at whatever age, shunning any work and pursuing entertainment and leisure is equally wrong.  But there is nothing wrong, and guilt should not be given to one who has looked at the work God calls one to, prayerfully weighing priorities and giving the best of oneself to each area for the glory of God.

What does this mean?  It means freedom.  It’s not about looking at each other and feeling guilty that you can’t do what someone in another stage can.  And it can help those in an “easier” stage to remember the difficult ones and come along side those in them as encouragers and helpers.  Because we all need to hear that what God has called us to today, He has provided the grace and strength for us to do it.