Thursday, September 6, 2012

Some Encouragement, Please? Someone? ...Anyone?

Mercy! Raising children is backbreaking labor! Not to mention keeping the household from falling apart. The laundry must be washed, folded and put away, the bread must be baked, frozen and stored, breakfast, lunch and dinner are daily trials, er, I mean tasks..., and if I want a happy husband, I must clean the house and keep it neat.


I've been having a hard time staying motivated to do simple things around the house. It seems like there is a never-ending to-do list that follows me around. And so, what's my response to that? Do I stand up, take-the-bull-by-the-horns and plow through? ...Well, so far, no. I have been a lazy bum. It's true. I'm throughly embarrassed and my heart is sinking while I type these words. I have been skating by doing the minimum requirements.

And what has that lead to? An unhappy husband, a low personal regard and whiny children. My husband finally said to me, last night, "Honey, would you please just stop reading?". Yeah, that's when you know it's gone too far. But moderation has always been a struggle for me. I love to read, to escape. And I have been using books as my escape for as long as I can remember. But right now, what my family needs is for to not escape. Rather, to focus.

So here's my encouragement to myself, and to you. And it comes from a very good Book that is not about momentary escape, but true and lasting freedom. With contentment.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galations 6:10
 So there you have it! I will be striving, and trying, and pushing myself on to do this good that comes from God, to those whom I have opportunity to touch.



  1. This was good to read today. While we don't have kids yet, I still feel this way sometimes. Knowing that I could do more and I'm choosing not to. Thank you for the encouragement today.

    1. Well, it's been a while, but I'm glad it's encouraged you. I've been changing my attitude incrementally and things are definitely looking up. My mom was right when she said it's easier to do things the right way, first, and not procrastinate. ;)

      Maybe one day I'll finally be as smart as my mom. ;) She tells me she wasn't born that way, that she had to learn too... but I'm not convinced.

      Miss you, lady! :)