Many of you know that in addition to writing, speaking, and keeping up the blog I also work full time as a paraprofessional for the local school district. Yet none of these are my first priority. Can you think of who or what might be?
If you said my family and God, then you are correct. Recently I've felt overwhelmed and out-of-sorts at times. There are a few reasons for this yet one of the main ones I believe is the disconnect between God and myself. In the summer there is ample time to get into the Word, enjoy quiet time daily (if not a couple times a day), and balance the various plates of responsibility. Once the school year starts though, it tends to feel like I'm diving to catch up before something crashes or an obligation is missed. Do you ever feel like this?
1) Set time aside daily for quiet time in the Word, prayer, and with God - helps to keep my focus and clarity
2) Safe at least 1 weekend a month for family only
3) Maintain my lists with my priorities in check
4) Accept help
5) Practice grace, mercy, and thankfulness
6) Seek His face
7) Not let fear set in
So as you reflect on the importance and blessing of tomorrow's holiday, Veteran's Day -- remember to say an extra prayer for the men and women who have, are, and will one day fight for your freedoms. If you are fortunate enough to have the day off, take time to enjoy some quiet time and reflect on the many reasons you have to be thankful.
We all have the day off tomorrow so sleeping in, quiet time, Hallmark Christmas movies, reading, and whatever modes of relaxation we enjoy are on the agenda. What about you?
You have charged us
to keep your commandments carefully.
Oh, that my actions would consistently
reflect your decrees!
Then I will not be ashamed
when I compare my life with your commands.
Psalm 119:4-6 NLT