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Keep your Motivation Going - Issue 284
January 25, 2013
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This week the kids have been busy catching up with friends – I think a highlight for them would be their friend’s party on a houseboat. Lots of fun – they came home very tired and a little sun-kissed! My highlight though was the night some of their friends came over for dinner and games. We sat around the table and talked for two hours. It was a delight to see the kids interact with each other (and me) about real issues, about heart issues, and interspersed with lots of laughter. It was a great dinner party (albeit very very casual!!)
I also had a low-light!! Early one morning Jess and I left the house to go to town leaving the other two asleep after a late night. About an hour later I receive a phone call from Daniel saying “Did you leave the doors open?” Since this isn't usually a problem I knew something had happened. Apparently the chickens had not been locked up the night before and with the quietness of the house made themselves at home – leaving a trail of chicken poop wherever they went!! Not nice. Not fun!!
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Keep your Motivation Going
Day in and day out, seemingly doing the same thing, sometimes without obvious rewards – it is hard to keep the motivation high. We are in our 15th year of homeschooling. Things can get a little tiring, and can I say, even boring. Can you relate? Regardless of how we spend our days we can get a little jaded of the regularity of it all – be it homeschooling, housework, exercising, or any other long term commitment we have.
What are you doing to keep yourself inspired and motivated to keep on going with the things you know you need to do?
Other times when we find it hard to keep on going it is just about putting your head down and doing the hard yards. It isn’t easy, there isn’t always rewards or relief. And yet seasons come and go – and things will change. When my kids find things hard there are three character traits that I encourage them with – and sometimes we need to listen to these lessons that we teach, and apply them to our own lives:
My final thought though is probably the most important and that is to spend time in prayer. Not just asking God for answers but instead worshipping Him for who he is – He is God. If he had never done anything for us He is still God. Awesome – as in, inspiring awe. But we also know Him as our Father, our Provider, Wisdom, Peace, and Saviour. He has promised to never leave use, He has promised to send a Helper to teach and guide us. God wants to be involved in our lives – we cannot ignore this invitation and just connect with him at certain times in our week, but day in and day out – talk to Jesus about your lack of motivation and let Him encourage your heart.
*Character definitions taken from Character First
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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.
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.
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