Those of you who know me know that I love to be creative. I love to paint, sew, glue things together, you name it. Throw in a best friend who inspires you with all of her beautiful creations and now Pinterest which I lovingly call “the creative persons playground” and you have no reason not to be creative. Well except in my case, time.
You see I’m still homeschooling 2 elementary age children. I have one graduate but still have 2 to go and sadly I’ve been neglecting that part of my duty by not doing it well. Getting by yes, but not doing it with all I have.
I had been praying a lot lately about my time and my priorities and asking the Lord to guide me in what I should do. (You’re not always going to like the answer and the answer isn’t always going to be easy.) Every day I walk into my craft room and I see so much stuff that is just waiting to be turned into something wonderful. Then guilt rushes in which in turn causes me to stress out because I don’t have time to do it. I’ll start something and then get upset with my family when I can’t finish it because of interruptions or other Mom duties.
You know as a Mom we wear a lot of hats. Hats that need to be worn and then there are hats that I try to shove on my already crowded head that end up shifting all the other hats around which results in nothing getting down well. Are you with me?
This brings me to yesterday. I realized that I’m not in a season of much leisure time. In order to serve my family well I need to refocus the time and energy that I do have, on them. I want to have more time to help my hubby in the garden and help with the chickens, I want to spend more time planning homeschool to make it more fun and engaging. I want it to be more about Him and less about me. Which brings me back to my craft room.
After talking with my hubby (who was pretty shocked by this) about it, I’ve decided to pack it all up. I’ll leave paint supplies and such out because we do use that for homeschooling but anything that has the power to draw me away from what I need to be doing is getting packed up.
I know this may seem drastic to you but if I don’t it’s like keeping a pack of cigarettes on the counter and asking someone who’s trying to quit not to smoke. The temptation is too great and I don’t need the stress of trying to stay strong when I can simply get it out of my sight, for now.
I know there will come a time when I have to much time on my hands and I don’t want to wish I had done things differently. You know what I’m talking about?
Is there something in your life you need to set aside until later? Pray about it and see how the Lord directs you. Was packing up my stuff easy? Absolutely not! But I already feel lighter and more focused.
Thanks for letting me share my heart today and taking the time to read it. I hope it blesses you in some way.
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