While preparing for Thursday's meeting, I kept thinking "If I'll die for my kids, why won't I give up my book, computer time, study time, me time for them?" Now....I am a homeschooling mom. I spend oodles of time with my children. I am leading Bible studies. I'm immersed in Eschatology. ::wink:: I'm aging - and get TIRED.....finding this balance is a challenge all through life. I encouraged our gals to start establishing the balance of sacrifice and self-care NOW as a young moms. I waited too long to learn about self-care (5 years ago). We need both. I realized I've gotten into the habit of pushing through school, lunch, study prep, ministry needs and then collapsing for my much earned hour of "me time," before dinner and night time routines begin. But I have an extrovert who NEEDS to interact with SOMEONE and her siblings would like to crash for me time too. Balance - all about balance.
|Nothing fancy - sugar free balls, crackers, the Word and each other|
This is one way I can both lay down my life for my kids AND do something that feeds my soul and brings me joy. It will be different for YOU. BTW soaking in the backyard onsen together is pretty awesome too and accomplishes the same things.
Tea time allows us to connect
The older kids have more school work and don't have such a great need to connect. Eventually, Stacia and I felt we should invite them to join us a couple of times a week. Friday afternoons seem perfect...the week is ending, the school is done....we transition together.
Today, after Page Turners, I dropped by Papa Murphys for dinner and Safeway/Starbucks for some "tea treats." The kids had done their chores while I was out and the house sparkled. Stacia and I set it all out pretty - matching china, great grandma's silver spoons and lace and lots of healthy treats to supplement the sweet treats. Then she called them down. Note the cow bell is not used to summon to tea. ::snort:: You don't HAVE to go to this much work - I will only do this much work once a week - Friday afternoon.
It was great fun and brought back so many memories of tea time with the older ones in TX, AK, MT......
It was a sweet time to connect - even with the older ones. We all shared a highlight of our week: The birth of Noble, Kyle and Erika's son, math, serving in the Preschool room, time with friends and tea times.
We read our devo - which in the end fits girls or boys regardless of the color of the cover. It "happened" to tie in EXACTLY with the theme of laying down your life for others. We thought about and discussed this question, "What would you be willing to die for?" We discussed the martyrs in this week's news, prayed for their families, and marveled at their singing and calm while facing imminent death. We resolved we would die for family and faith. We cringed at how some are called to denounce or watch family tortured and killed or denounce faith. We committed to pray for persecuted believers.
And THEN - I shared the question God had ringing in my heart all week, "If I'd die for my family, why can't I lay aside 30 min of Wii, or reading, or facebook?"
Yep -a good practice to reinstate. I was amazed and a bit melancholy when I realized I no longer have a toddler in a highchair to police during tea time. LOL The really cool conversation made up for the lack of toddlers. When we began years ago the conversations were vastly different.
Note boys will like tea time if you serve their favorite snacks and kids who don't like tea still like juice, milk or hot chocolate in their cup. When the kids were little we found THEIR tea cups at thrift stores.