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Live in the Moment - Issue 272
October 19, 2012
Hi there! ....

This week has looked very different than our normal week. I am helping a friend by having her three boys here 3 mornings a week for homeschooling lessons. 8yo, 7yo and 5yo. They have been a delight to have - so respectful and interested to learn - but it does mean my mornings look different. One of the highlights for me doing this is that I get to play with Five in a Row again - I love those books. One of the reasons this is working out is that Naomi and Daniel are both working predominately independently throughout the day.

This weekend I'm taking off and scrapbooking - what fun! Hope you find some time this weekend to refresh yourself.

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Live in the Moment

To live in the moment seems to have the idea that we ignore the future, that the past isn’t important but just now is all that matters. I think that is an idealistic position to take. The past does shape us though we cannot dwell there and we need to step into the future with confidence not ignorance. For me, to live in the moment is more about making time to be with my loved ones because I am confident in my past and future. Not because I’ve never done anything wrong and not because I’ve got things all stitched up – but rather my confidence is in Jesus. He has forgiven, and He enables me to walk in this life with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control (Galatians 5:22,23)

To live in the moment doesn’t mean that I ditch my responsibilities either. It means that I take today, and all that it offers to walk in all that God has given me. This means that today I will make my house a home, it means that I will make time to listen to my children and train them in the things that are important, it means that I will make time to help my husband. These are the things that need to fill my today.

In order for this to happen I need to guard myself – guard my heart, my time, my energies so that I am not always looking forward to something other than what is today. I can look forward to the weekend, I can look forward to a kitchen renovation, I can look forward to a visit with my friend, I can look forward to time to scrapbook. And though planning these things is a matter of stewardship I cannot let my emotions, my heart, my mind dwell there and ignore the things of today. To be with my family today I need to be careful of the choices I make

  1. Stop multitasking – When I am with a person, I need to be with a person; making eye contact, listening with my heart and ears.
  2. Be vulnerable – Let my family see the real me – the ups and downs, good and bad, happy and sad, coping not coping.
  3. Smile – this is a decision regardless of the circumstances, not to cover up the bad, but to invite others to walk along side of me.
  4. Forgive – carrying a grudge, keeping score is so exhausting!
  5. Do something to make others enjoy their day – it isn’t about me – it is about others.
Two words paint the picture of living in the moment for me: Joy and Together. What are the things that stop you from being joyful in your day, with the people you love? Life can be so busy, so distracting, so consuming that we can forget to live now and yet if we don’t live today we will have no tomorrow.

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My Bookshop

Restoring the Heart, Mind and Soul of Christmas Do your Christmas celebrations line up with what you believe? Do your celebrations help your children learn more about Jesus?

This e-book is based on a workshop I held for a couple of years to help families see that Christmas can be a significant tradition in our family life. If we are intentional about how our family celebrates we have the opportunity to use this time to teach our children about Jesus, and his love for each one of us.

Blending Life with Lessons e-book - Does your everyday life challenge your homeschool ideas? This is my journey as I discover that it is possible to disciple my children in today's busy lifestyle.

Heart Focus Parenting book/e-book - A heart focused parent will keep their attention on their child's heart for God, instead of on external behaviours.

My Sitemap is a quick reference to all you will find on Lifestyle-Homeschool. I encourage you to have a browse around!

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Until next week

Belinda Letchford
Living life with her kids in Australia!

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