Finding the Time

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Too Busy Poem

I often struggle with time management.  I try to sit down every night and write a schedule out for the next day.  But, unfortunately, many nights I go to bed feeling overwhelmed.  And so, the next day I scramble to get things done.  I don’t think about slowing down to read to my 4 yr old or listen to one of my 7 yr olds jokes that make absolutely no sense.  I do not think about slowing down to interpret my 2 yr olds babbling.  And, why would I even need to stop and make funny faces for my 8 month old when he has three older siblings that will happily accommodate him AND add singing and dancing for an extra laugh?

Kids

Timmy, Abigail, Ethan, and Eliza

Those things all seem to take a back seat to the laundry and dishes, the bills and financial planning, and the meal planning and grocery shopping.  Sometimes I wish I had more time.  But, after really thinking about it, would it really make a difference?  Probably not.  I would still feel overwhelmed and race through the day like I’m running a marathon.  I do know this, though.  I NEED to find the time to just enjoy life.  I NEED to build a relationship with each of my children.  And, I NEED to do it NOW.  This verse comes to mind: James 4:17, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”

No more excuses.  And you know what?  I bet the laundry and dishes will still get done somehow.  The bills will get paid and our future will be secure (in the Will of God.)  And, our family will still have breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.  If not, at least we will have love for each other and a clear conscience before God.  Who says you can’t live on love… and PB&J sandwiches?

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