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Keeping the Main Thing -the Main Thing During the Holidays and Every Day
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What is your biggest priority today?As homeschooling moms, our priorities come in the form of long lists and prayers sometimes. I need to get this done, my kids have to be here at a certain time. I need to get to the store to get a turkey soon... and more. We love those first days of school and the fun autumn weeks. Lots of learning, fun projects, and beautiful weather. Holidays are coming soon and it seems like time speeds up so fast until that day after Christmas when we have a big mess to clean up and we try to hold on to all the memories we've made in the past month or so. The new year is right around the corner and we need to get things into shape- including ourselves, our homes, revamping our schedules, and such. Sound familiar?

Each day holds its own set of responsibilities and needs. Keeping the main thing the main thing can be difficult. Let me encourage you to remember that this is a journey. The day-to-day events, car breaking down, family coming from out of town, church events, educating our kids, baking cookies, etc.- they are all part of your family journey as you homeschool your kids. Take some time to really enjoy these events. Don’t feel like they are competing with each other. Slow down and teach the lessons that are of the most importance and plan time to enjoy the next few weeks with less stress. Taking time to slow down will also help your children absorb what they are learning instead of cramming information in between activities. What is really most important for your child today? List 3-5 things that must get done today. How can you divvy up the work and enjoy what you’re doing?

This week was a great reminder for me. I keep a list of priorities and goals on my calendar, on my phone, and on post-it notes on my desk. In the past 56 hours, most of my plans have been turned upside down.Two nights ago, my husband was delivering time-sensitive medications to nursing homes throughout northern SC and lower NC. Our van broke down and was stuck part way through his route. I had plans to get work done and had to stop- right in the middle of a very important conversation with my son to help him. People’s health and his well-being and job depended on it. We got home at 2:30 AM and our car is still at the shop- 2 days later. A family member is pregnant and is overcome with exhaustion and nausea. We arranged our day so I could help with her toddler and some housework. At the same time, my Mom wanted me to go shopping with her so she could bless our family with a few items- but it had to be right then. Shifting priorities again with thanksgiving- I was able to go with her, grab some work to take with me and turn around to help out my daughter- in law. I had a hair appointment this morning- as I am getting ready to leave, my husband tells me he is also leaving to find a part to get our car fixed. My appointment has to be rescheduled. (I was really looking forward to the quiet and pampering of that appointment). Frustration, right?

What about the things I had planned in the past 56 hours? Couldn’t make it to the gym to work out, had to do reschedule my work responsibilities to late or very early hours. Did everything get done? Nope. But you know what- the main things are still fine. The main things were the people in my lives, my husband's ability to provide and care for us, an opportunity to be a blessing and receive a blessing, accomplishing my work responsibilities, and maintaining the house- while having a thankful heart. My laundry and dishes are clean, and I got some extra work done this morning (yes, because I had to cancel my hair appointment). But in the end, the priorities were to do what really needed to get done and not get hung up on what I wanted to do, or in the time I planned on getting it done. I was able to minister to and help my kids, my husband, spend time with my mom, my grandchild, keep up with the work, stay on top of the work responsibilities and thanked God for his provision and let the rest go. It is ok. It will be ok.

Look to the needs of your family. Try to prioritize and be flexible. Be thankful. Count your blessings. God is good.

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Sharon Fisher | Manager | Curriculum Specialist, Speaker Coordinator, Social Media
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