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Live life with your Kids- Issue 375
March 27, 2015
|Hi there! ....
One of the highlights for me this week, was a day where I got caught up in some Bible study and reading. Now that sounds pretentious... and I don't intend for it to be like that. It has been absolutely ages since I've had the inquisitiveness and taken the time to run down rabbit trails as I read God's word. I enjoyed it. And yet I also recognise that it isn't an every day happening. It was another reminder of the changing season of life that I am in giving me this type of time - time that I certainly didn't have when my kids were younger.
Having such a day, and reflecting back on it, I am very aware of the seasons of life and how each season brings its purpose and activity. When my kids were little my purpose was about teaching them, as they grew older teaching moved more into helping them, and these days my purpose in terms of my family is to guide and encourage my kids. Each stage of parenting requires something different from us. People have asked me which is the hardest phase of parenting - toddlers or teenagers. My answer has always been - they are both the same - both stages require our full commitment to be available to our kids. The toddlers require physical availability, whereas teenagers require emotional availability.
The season of life we are in also affects our home. These days I have more time to care for my home - and there is some catch up going on. It feels like our life has raced from one season to the next to the next and our possessions have just stacked up behind us. Preschool learning activities. Hands on math resources. Books - oh so many books! Art supplies. Dressups. Board games. Outgrown clothes. So this next season for me is about decluttering and starting to enjoy my home once again. You see, my home has been a training ground - a place where my kids have learnt how to clean, organise, cook, iron, serve others. Training is messy but these days we are training less and just using the skills we have. This changes my home.
Another thing that has made me think about seasons is that the weather here has been changing - and we've been praying for the farmers in our community. Farming is an industry that is based on seasons. There is a season for preparing the land, for planting, for looking after the crop, for harvesting and for rest. Each season has its purpose and that purpose creates a specific to-do list. Same goes for our lives - we will have different seasons of life, where each season brings about its purpose and its to-do list. No point rushing or jumping to a random activity just because it looks attractive. Running a harvesting machine down empty rows of soil is just pointless. So too when we disregard the season we are in and hanker for the activities in another season.
Thanks for reading these rambling thoughts. As I send out links the the latest blog posts, I just wanted to share something of what I've been thinking. My encouragement to you is - regardless of what season of life you are in - see your purpose and know your activities, set your priorities according to those purposes.
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Have you caught up with all the blog posts over the last few weeks?
Are your Children Growing Spiritually?We need to be aware of how we are encouraging our children to grow Spiritually.
The Value of Play - for TeenagersWhen we have a good understanding of the value of play we can give value to the different activities our teens do.
The Issue of Comparing OurselvesThere really is a problem when we start comparing ourselves.
Living a life filled with Love The next installment on my One Word series - Give Love.
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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