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Fitting It All In



Fitting It All In
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Gena Suarez

Hey Mama,

Fitting it all in can be a real challenge some days. Today I had to take my younger kids to the McDonald’s Play Place so I could get some work done. But the most important thing that helps me get anything accomplished is standing on God’s promises and asking Him what I need to fit in each day …

 
Standing on the promises of Christ my King, 
through eternal ages let his praises ring; 
glory in the highest, I will shout and sing, 
standing on the promises of God. 
Refrain:

Standing, standing, 
standing on the promises of Christ my Savior; 
standing, standing, 
I’m standing on the promises of God. 

Standing on the promises that cannot fail, 
when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, 
by the living Word of God I shall prevail, 
standing on the promises of God. 
(Refrain) 

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord, 
bound to him eternally by love’s strong cord, 
overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword, 
standing on the promises of God. 
(Refrain) 

Standing on the promises I cannot fall, 
listening every moment to the Spirit’s call, 
resting in my Savior as my all in all, 
standing on the promises of God. 
(Refrain)

~ R. Kelso Carter
 
Remember …
 
You’re a Daughter of the King. Not an orphan. Not alone. Blessed and loved by the Father who invented fatherhood.

All can be falling apart around you. The world can take leave of its senses (not that it was ever wise). Life can cease to exist.

But God is on the throne always and forever. Nothing surprises Him, not even the enormous wall we are hitting our head up against today. He can toss those problems away with a mere glance of the eyes. He laughs in the face of adversity because He triumphs over it ALL. He wins. You win. Joy comes in the morning.

And His hand is still on your head, Mama.

 
~ gena

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Diana Waring

Dear Friends,
This has got to be one of my favorite times of the year, as leaves now glow yellow, orange, and red in the cool autumn daylight. Have you carved out time yet to enjoy some aspect of this season’s beauty, whether in the mountains, desert, forest, farmland, or by the sea? If not, don’t miss this moment … it won’t last much longer!

And that, of course, is the answer to today’s topic. When we consider how–or if–we can fit it all in, we need to ponder our priorities.

Ask yourself these critically important questions:

  • What is happening right now that my children shouldn’t miss?
  • How do I give them childhood memories that will bless them through their lives?
  • When do we stick to the books and when do we play in the leaves?
  • Where will they learn responsibility and when will they enjoy freedom?
  • What will enrich my children’s lives?
Open up your journal and write down your answers. Really.

Next, consider the timetable you are working with. By fitting it all in, will you be working with an overall plan for eighteen years? If so, you’ve got LOTS of space in which to fit in your priorities and goals. If, on the other hand, you are thinking about how to do everything on your to-do list in the next week, well, that is a different matter altogether! It might be possible if your to-do list is short:

  • Love my family.
  • Feed them.
  • Read to them.
  • Pray with them.
  • Teach them bite-sized chunks of information appropriate to their age.

But if this is your to-do list, you may want to reconsider:

  • Clean my house thoroughly, including behind the refrigerator and behind each book in the library.
  • Prepare every meal from scratch, including butchering the chicken, milking the cow, making cheese, growing organic wheat, grinding it, and baking bread.
  • Growing flax and cotton, and raising sheep for fiber.
  • Spinning and weaving the fiber into fabric.
  • Sewing every bit of clothing my family wears–by hand.
  • Write my own curriculum on paper I made from papyrus.
  • Build a computer from parts scrounged in a thrift store.
  • Teach my children everything they will ever need to know–this week.

With your answers to the five questions listed above, a workable timetable, and a reasonable to-do list, you will be prepared to sort out how–and if–you can fit it all in!

And, go play in the leaves!!

Remember, stay relational.

Diana

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Hey Mom,

I just pulled in the driveway after being on the road for a month with my family. I met so many homeschool moms who are just like you; they struggle with “fitting it all in.”

They, like you, are under some kind of evil spell that has convinced them that they need to be able to DO IT ALL.

Of course that notion is preposterous. You can’t fit it all in. You have to make choices every single day about what you can fit in and what you can’t. Sadly, most homeschooling moms succumb to the effects of the spell and choose the WRONG things.

Instead of playing a game with your young child, you march him through a meaningless drill that some “school expert” suggested you do. Instead of baking cookies on a crisp, autumn day or jumping in the leaves, you sludge through the next page of curriculum.

You feel pangs of guilt but comfort yourself with the thought, “I can’t fit it all in.” 


Mom, that is true. You CAN’T fit it all in, but you can fit in what matters most. You can fit in making cookies, playing a quick game, taking an autumn walk, or snuggling on the
couch.

What I’ve found to be true is that if you take care of the important things … you can still FIT in the less important things like math, spelling, and critical thinking skills.

OK, that’s about all my brain can handle at this time. I’ve got an RV to unpack. 


I’m glad I’m on your team!!

Be real, 

Todd 

   
 

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