I was almost completely absent from this blog last week. Well, with the minor exceptions of the delicious plum jam and gluten-free chocolate chip cookie pie recipes that I shared. You may realize by now that I can often share recipes because, after all, I do cook every day, and also because they’re fun for me and require little to no deep thinking.
Making Home a Haven Has to Be a Priority.
I’d begun a series on Making Home a Haven, one which I fully intend to keep discussing with you all until I feel we’ve at least touched the basics of that humongous category. But I sort of checked out last week, and not on purpose. There are these priorities I have that just keep me doing the things that are at the top of the list. Day after day. Over and over. Yes, things like diapers and dishes, laundry and Legos, and stuff like cooking and cleaning, which is so monotonously and so monstrously a part of motherhood. But in doing that stuff, in tending to those little details of my family’s life, I’ve been busy crafting and molding and keeping our home.
To be completely honest, and I know you’ve read this before both here and at other mom blogs, there are many days I feel I just have too much on my plate. Too much to eat, not a big enough fork, not enough time in the world. And when this happens, I just have to let it go. I just have to trust God. Because I know my priorities. They were set a long time ago. And God and I have this special agreement that if anything gets scratched off the list, it’s #4 and on down. Because my personal priority list looks exactly like this:
- My husband/marriage
- My children/our family unit/our home
- My ministry to others as a communicator/encourager
- Anything else
If I’ve disappointed you, I sincerely apologize. But with eight sons, and a very real-life husband, my time is well spent investing in them, either directly, as a group, or simply in making this home a haven. And in the words of someone wise, I’m choosing to “do as little as possible as well as possible” in the hopes that the most important things are done thoroughly and completely.
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the Truth. 3 John 1:4