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How to Fit it all In? - Issue 263
August 24, 2012
Hi there! ....

Our family is on a six week overseas adventure visiting Turkey, Italy and Switzerland. I am taking a bit of a break from my regular blogging and newsletter writing schedule to enjoy this time with my family. So I have scheduled this newsletter to arrive in your inbox - it is a reprint, but one I hope will be as helpful today as when it was written.

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How to Fit it all in

Often I feel overwhelmed with all the priorities that are swirling towards me – how am I going to fit it all in? These are some of the keys that have worked for me in the past, and yet keys that I need to remind myself of, even as I write:

Priorities maybe aren’t priorities:
Often what I see as priorities are not God’s priorities. I need to step back and see what is on God’s heart for our family. Most times such reflection takes me no further than “To love the Lord our God with all our heart and all our soul and all our strength and to love our neighbour as ourselves.” This takes out all the busy-ness of our day and allows us to focus on what is important. If my priorities aren’t God’s priorities then it is me that has to change.

Recognise Seasons:
Seasons are periods of time where we narrow the focus down to one primary concern. The concern maybe relational, or skills or academic in its focus and it may involve one child, or the whole family. A season of focus will allow for an intense and purposeful pursuit of knowledge, skill or growth.

Teach study skills:
I have found it imperative for my older students to be able to study independently. This gives me the opportunity to focus on the more dependent younger children (either with their moral development or their learning to read etc which requires much input)

Recongise my needs:
My mother-in-law has often said “I was a wife, before I was a mother” and this thought has guided her decisions over the years. As homeschool mums, we often forget this. We must keep in balance all our relationships and responsibilities. As we arrange our family routine we need to remember that we, ourselves, need some time for God, husband, self, house and friends as well as the children.

Regularly Tweak and Revise:
My plans, be it our routine or resources I purchase, must reflect the desires of our heart. I regularly look at what is on my heart for each of my children and check that the resources we are using and the daily habits we are living are in keeping with my heart. If not, something has to change. Children are growing changing entities and we must be ready and able to change and grow with them. What is the answer one day may just not be the solution the next. Be flexible!

Whatever key you feel is relevant to your situation I encourage you to remember that we can’t do it in our strength. God has called us to be a mum, and He will give us all that we need to fulfill that task. A while back there was a acronym that was everywhere in the Christian book shops – FROG

F ully
R ely
O n
G od

And that in itself is a powerful key for us to remember!

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Belinda Letchford
Living life with her kids in Australia!

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