Even with year-round homeschooling, a lot of the structure I had previously established has fallen to the wayside in these late summer months. And I am definitely beginning to feel the effects. So, in the next few days, I will be working on getting back into shape, and I'm not just talking physically. Three main things I want to focus on getting into shape are myself (both spiritually and physically), my family, and my home.
I had a good thing going with weight-loss, but that has come to a standstill as of late, and I fear that if I don't get active regularly again very soon, things may take a turn in a direction I'm not willing to go again. I am really feeling the effects of my lack of activity lately, and I know I need to make being active a top priority right now. Because if I'm not feeling good physically, it will do me no good to attempt the other things I want to do. So first and foremost, I will be working on stricter menu plans that are healthy for myself and my family. Coming in an extremely close second, will be making sure I have time carved out every day for getting a workout in, as well as making sure I get the kids out for a daily walk as long as it's nice outside.
The other aspect of getting myself into shape (and the most important one!) is making sure I am in the Word every day. I finished reading through the bible a couple of weeks ago, and have decided to start a chronological bible reading plan this go around that I found here. I've been reading every night before I turn in, so that aspect has been going well. Now, I just want to make sure that I'm reading daily, and then I will hopefully be able to increase the time I spend doing that. The one thing that I'm really working on is LISTENING, and not just reading. I hate to admit it, but sometimes I get so caught up in reading a certain amount every day, that I forget to really absorb what God is trying to say to me. So I am really praying that the Lord will give me a calm and peaceful heart, and a quiet mind, so that I can hear Him. :)
As for getting the family into shape, I have a wonderful relationship with my husband...but I really want to make sure I'm reinforcing that, and I plan to pick up the Proverbs 31 study again very soon. I have a pretty good relationship with my kids, too, but I am really working on my patience (or more like, God is working on it!) and having a meek and quiet spirit. I really need to learn to "stop and smell the roses," so to speak...to just slow down and enjoy the time God has given me with these precious blessings, and teach them to enjoy and serve each other, as well!
As far as the house goes, I'm really split on how high up on the priority list I want to put it. Right now, because of the de-cluttering and the fact that our yard sale has gotten postponed until a couple of weeks from now, certain areas of the house are a disaster. The laundry room has become our "holding area" for yard sale things, and it's really decreased the functionality of that room. This is one of those areas that comes around full circle back to working on me, because I really have a hard time functioning with a lot of clutter around. So, I think I will pray that God will either help me to let go of that mental block or give me the energy to get it done without taking time away from the other priorities. ;)
This post was basically me thinking and planning "out loud." I also am hoping to put together a list of blog topics and blogging schedule soon, so that I have a more regular stream of posts here. So, stay tuned and join me on my journey to get back into shape!