Okay I've got 3 minutes to bang out a new blog on scheduling and GO!
After reading the book, writing down all the activities we need to accomplish during the day, cutting and pasting and rearranging the times and activities and then creating the actual Master schedule last night. I've come to realize I already DID live by a schedule for the most part, it was just in my head on not on paper. I'm hoping that will make the so called transition a little easier for us.
I always thought I was an artistic soul, but honestly even though art is my passion and it was my major, I am so logical minded it scares me. Though maybe that's just my way of dealing with the chaos of our lives without totally losing my sanity! I wish I were more spontaneous. I wish I didn't feel like I had to accomplish certain things each day but honestly, I am prone to dissapointment and depression when things are not getting done! When the laundry piles up, the toilets are dirty,meals aren't prepared. I don't feel like I am doing my part and taking care of my family the way they should be. Good or bad, that's how I am. I find it hard to concentrate on being joyful and thankful. Patience is hard to come by, walking in the spirit doesn't happen because I am too obsessed with trying to keep everything else all together! It's easy for me to feel down hearted and downtroden. And I know about such eternally meaninless things. But that is who I am!
I don't think everyone needs to be on some strict schedule, every Mom has a routine, you get breakfast made, lunch, laundry done, dinner, baths etc. And some do a fabulous job, get everything they want to accomplished and excel without needing a schedule. I think that is great. I don't have any grand delusions that my life will be better or more organized than the next Mom's who thrives off of flying by the seat of her pants and having her kids hold on tight. That is the beauty of motherhood! We are all so different and God wonderfully made us that way! but for me it just wasn't working!
I'm encouraged by these verses::
Ecclesiastes 3:1 "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.......
I Cor. 14:40 "Let all things be done decently and in order......"
I Cor. 10:23 "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are beneficial......
Phil 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me!"
II Cor. 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness."
II Tim 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of sound mind."
Some of these may seem like I am stretching it a bit, but YES even in keeping the floors and toilets clean and school on target, it's Christ who can strengthen and encourage me and give me the power to do it. It may seem menial to some, but that is what my life is about right now. In this moment, serving my family and taking care of ALL he's given me is my "job".....maybe I take it too seriously, but it's something I value greatly!
I'm trying to take this all in stride though as we give it a go the first day. Already there have been many kinks in the plan, but I know we will work this out and make this doable!!