Do you ever feel like everything around you is pointing you in one direction? Like, you have one of those days where no matter where you turn, you seem to be hearing the same message? Yeah, yesterday was one of those days for me.
Last week I mentioned here that I was beyond frustrated with this homeschooling thing. And I’ve shared numerous times that I’m a very impatient person. Yesterday was gearing up to be a fantastic homeschool day. Lunch time rolled around and our schedule was looking mighty fine. For the first time this school year I was hopeful that we’d be done early in the day.
Heh. I was wrong. It was like lunchtime ended and my kids’ brains shut off. The afternoon was agonizing.
But some curious things were happening during the day that kept nagging at me to keep my cool even though I wanted to scream and cry and give up on being a homeschool mom.
First, I checked into one of my go-to blogs for inspiration, Becoming Minimalist. Well, Joshua Becker’s post was for me yesterday, I swear. In his post “Our Resources Are Finite. And it Matters.” he said something that struck a chord within me.
“We receive only one life to live with a limited number of days and a limited number of resources with which to accomplish our purpose.”
Ok, yeah, today is the only guaranteed day I have with my kids. And my purpose as a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom is to be influencial in my children’s lives. Do I want to spend it being impatient and frustrated and angry (yes, I said it, I was getting angry)? No, that would be counterproductive to my purpose.
The second thing that happened yesterday that made me think twice about my attitude was I had someone facebooking me back and forth all day asking for homeschooling advice/tips/tidbits. I’ve just recently met this other mom and she’s completely new to the world of homeschooling. Well, her final message of the day asked how I keep my cool when trying to drive home a point and it’s just not being received? You mean, how do I remain calm when all day long I’m saying for the millionth time “Get your work done!”? Um…I don’t. Can we say conviction?!
The third thing that just drove home the point was some quote I read. The main jist of it was that our kids are only little once so enjoy today with them because before you know it they’ll be gone.
So, as I woke up this morning and I was thinking of how I was going to respond to that new mommy friend of mine and the question she posed, I was reminded of my #1 favorite Bible passage that has always been such an impactful tool when it comes to how I make decisions regarding my parenting.
And now today I have a lot of food for thought as I try to get through yet another school day that hopefully won’t be as excruciating as the previous days thus far this year.
Yesterday I kept hearing the message of “Today is all we’re guaranteed. Make it count.”
Today I get the opportunity to act on that message.
So, here I sit. I take a deep breath….say a prayer….and embark on today’s journey.
“correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” – 2 Timothy 4:2