Blogging is something that I’ve come to really enjoy, but this month I won’t be posting as much as usual. I must redirect some of my time and focus to getting my 8th grader caught up on her math before the Christmas break. Also I want to begin simplifying all aspects of my life in anticipation of the Christmas holiday. During this month I always begin to strip away those things that are not major priorities for my family. Each December I make a conscience effort to focus my thoughts solely on the Lord, my family and close friends.
I start by removing the things from my daily schedule that may have in the past been a hindrance to growing closer to them and Him. I do this in order to ensure that my thoughts and motives are not swept up into the commercial idea of what the holidays should be. If I spend my holidays trying to make my home the epitome of Christmas decorative elegance but lack the patience to show my children compassion when I’m frustrated, then I have really missed the meaning of the season.
If I tidy the house perfectly for guest and spend hours this month cooking, greeting and entertaining but am not able to provide a hot meal and a warm kiss when my husband comes from work then my priorities may be off a bit.
If I don’t get to respond to your comments this month please understand that I am here and that I am reading them. This month for me is a month of reflection and restoration. I have poured out all of myself into different agendas this year an in order to be renewed and refreshed I must reconnect with the one who restores my soul.
I have many plans and responsibilities both in my home and outside of my home for 2008 including changing the layout of my blog and hosting two more “Blogger Book Clubs”. I’ve also recently been nominated and elected to be the Bookkeeper and Treasurer for my communities Homeowner’s Association. I will be continuing to teach 3-4 grade boy’s Sunday school and homeschooling my own children as well.
This coming year will be challenging in the sense that the obligations that I have submitted my talents to will draw a lot of my time and energy but at the same time will bring such joy and hopefully give God all of the glory.