I have had a revolutionary week. I implemented one small change in my day and it had amazing results! A friend gave me some advice which I have heard before but never figured out how to fit it in my day. She suggested I prepare the dinner straight after breakfast, and just fit the homeschooling in after that.
I thought I’d give it a try, and the results were amazing! Dinner has always been one of the most stressful times of the day – I’m tired, the kids are tired, everyone’s hungry. But if most of it is ready, it is all so easy. And it also means dinner is more likely to be on time, which means I have more time afterwards to get everything else done before the kids go to bed and I hit a wall. I have been a lot more relaxed as a result – which helps with everything else too, like patience, and saying the right things, and loving my husband and children!
So I think God is trying to impress on me how doing some things ahead like that can really make a difference. I read the other day how Abraham, having been told to sacrifice his son, got up early the next morning to journey three days to obey. It really struck me that he got up early to do something that must have been very hard. If you do things before they need to be done you save yourself so much stress, and get things done better and on time.
I think we need to look at our lives every so often and think, what is it that is causing me a lot of stress or tiredness? What is there that I can do early?