I kind of diapered for awhile, sorry! Life has had a lot of changes in store for my family and I, most of them have been great. We have been doing well, I’ve just been so busy living life and focusing on my family that I haven’t been able to set aside time to write.
Lately what’s been on my mind has been spiritual preparedness. In my journey, I’ve found more than once that when things get good for awhile, I start focusing my time less on my relationship with my Heavenly Father and more on the day to day worries and stresses that come my way. Little by little, before I know it I’m finding myself stressed to the limit with no real reason as to why. When I finally slow down enough to contemplate what’s on my mind and why I’m worried, I find it’s always the same answer: I haven’t been making enough time for my spiritual health. Scripture study instead of a lifeline becomes something I don’t have time for because of XYZ. Constant prayer becomes prayers at mealtimes and with the family, not personal throughout the day. My perspective begins ever so slightly to shift to things in the here and now, and I begin to lose sight of the bigger picture.
I had this epiphany (again…) just this week. What did I do about it? Re-focus! I Gave up my excuses and MADE time to study and read scripture and pray. I shifted my perspective back to the things that really matter, and soon enough I found myself relaxing more and more, becoming less worried about the things that were stressing me out.
I’m a homeschooling mom, and part of that for me is a huge responsibility to teach my children how to develop a relationship with their Heavenly Father. It is my personal belief that if they can find faith in Jesus Christ, along with skills to cope when life gets tough, then they will be successful adults and will be able to return to heaven someday.
When I get stressed out and lose focus, I find it rather difficult to teach the things of most importance to my kids. It’s much easier to talk about eternal truths freely when I’m on track with my personal study and prayers. If you’ve ever flown on an airplane, the safety video reminds you to put your mask on BEFORE helping anyone else, including your children. Why? Because if you don’t have oxygen you won’t be of any help to anyone around you.
I often find it difficult to put my well-being at the top of my priority list, and that’s always a dangerous thing to do. Because what good will I be to this world, to my husband and children, if I am not taking care of myself? We can make a difference, we are important, and we are all here for a reason (and it’s a good one!) So keep your spirit healthy, seek your relationship with your loving Father in Heaven, he is the only one who will NEVER let you down! If you have this relationship properly prioritized, everything else is much easier to balance.
And to end this post, I’d like to share one of my favorite songs by Steven Curtis Chapman.