Lately I’ve been struggling. I know there’s a lot of areas in my life that need work. And it seems like I gain ground in one area at the cost of falling short in the other areas I want to improve in. So then I switch to one of the other areas and gain ground there…and digress in the previous area and more. It’s so overwhelming!!!!
What am I trying to work on? Oh just a few things like…
- healthier cooking/eating
- more exercise
- more organized and tidy home
- keeping up with dishes
- keeping up with laundry
- controling my temper
- being patient & gentle…especially with kiddos
- being consistent in training/disciplining kiddos
- managing my time better
- keeping to our budget
- etc., etc., etc.
Can you see how this is a little overwhelming?!?! AND I really need to floss more too.
I know some people do great with a detailed plan, not me. I can make a plan…I just lose steam after starting and forget the plan. But now I have a new plan!
I’m going back to the basics. If I boil all those things above down to the principle a lot of them are the fruits of the Spirit (love, self-control, gentleness, kindness, etc.) You name a fruit of the Spirit and I know I could use more of it in me! But we don’t get more fruit by focusing on the fruit (or lack there of)! Fruit is a natural outcome of being rooted in Christ, nurtured in truth, filled with His love and grace. If I keep Christ my priority I think the other things will come much easier. See, I’ve been using Him more as an afterthought or last resort. That doesn’t work so well for me!
So now I’m focusing on making sure I take time everyday to soak in the Holy Spirit, reading the Bible (focusing on Proverbs now), and not over thinking things (like my above list) too much. I’ve been getting up just 30 minutes earlier than the kids and trying to focus on God as I begin the day. I don’t do dishes, or start folding clothes, I just sit on the couch and spend some time in prayer and reading the Bible…sometimes only one verse. I’m rooting myself in Him, the True Vine.
Wow! Let me tell ya, it’s only been a few days, but these days have gone much smoother! I still fall short, but I’ve also been able to get more accomplished in every area above. I’ve still got a ways to go, but I don’t feel so overwhelmed by it. I still mess up, but I’m much more at peace knowing I’m headed in the right direction. It’s nice! You should try it! 😉 We could all use a little more fruit!