Priorities…We all have them. Lately, I’ve been thinking ALOT about mine. More so after my dear friends returned from a missions trip to Haiti. Talk about priorities…if that doesn’t bring you to your knees, nothing will…
So, no we don’t live where our priorities are food, water, shelter. God has blessed us abundantly living in this country. So while our survival needs are met, we still have choices everyday to make on where our priorities lie.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:20-22
So right now these are my daily priorities:
- Teaching: As a homeschooling mom, with 4 kids home all day the house gets messy. It is a never ending cycle of picking up, getting messy, and picking up again. Teaching is messy. How can a preschooler learn to glue, cut, write, be creative if he can not be messy? As frustrating as it is, right now, I must put the teaching first. The end of the day will come, and I can straighten up then. I fight this daily, as I try to clean and do chores while teaching. But that takes my full attention off the teaching…the mess will always be there, yet the kids are growing fast and this is my time with them to teach.
- Being content with things”as is.”: I love my home because it’s ours. It doesn’t look like the homes is magazines, everything is not just so, but it is ours. The wallpaper in the bathroom has been peeling forever, the furniture is mostly hand me downs (but NICE hand me downs!!), and the decor is modest. BUT we are NOT in debt, and after all, does it really matter? My dear friends in Haiti lived in tents. And I am seriously going to stress over peeling wallpaper or knick knacks that are not just so? I think not!
- Character traits: Above all the learning, character is the most important. You can have all the knowledge in the world, yet lack wisdom. I want my kids to be strong in their faith, and good stewards of this life God has given them. I am going to use some character building curriculum for next year either from Doorposts or characterjournal.com I definitely want this to be a priority.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
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