I know in terms of busyness, our calendars are going to fill up soon with golf team and soccer, but for now, I'm taking advantage of the gift of slower days and I'm saying NO to a lot of things.
And, boy, does it feel good! I can see a remnant of the former, healthier Deidre returning.
Won't my family be so grateful? ;)
So, on this Monday morning, I'm thankful for a few things ...
** I'm determined to read through the entire Bible this year. I've attempted it before but lasted only until April. This time, I'm journaling each day about what I read and I think that's making a big difference. Right now, I am fascinated! I'm also trying to stay a couple of days ahead so I won't be discouraged if anything comes up and I don't get to it one day.
Olivia asked me why I am reading it so much and I told her the Old Testament is like reading a juicy novel. Goodness, the OT narrative is something else!
** I'm leading our Monday night Bible Study group through Children of the Day. This one is different for me though still good. The life of Paul is so interesting to me anyway.
** I spoke too soon last week thinking we all had escaped the flu after Emma seemed to be the only one to get it. Olivia had it over the weekend, along with a double ear infection. BUT, today she is feeling so much better and was happy to go to school this morning.
(Okay, maybe 'happy' will never be the word to describe how Olivia leaves for school every morning, but still, she was feeling better.)
** February is the month of love :) I always look forward to doing little things for my family during this month. My favorite thing Eric and I do is write messages on hearts to put on the girls' bedroom doors each morning. We've done this for several years and they LOVE it.
We have the power to speak life or death into a person's life, so I am thankful we are intentional about speaking LIFE into theirs for a full month!
I'm convinced they need it now more than ever .... especially Emma, my middle schooler. Because know what I'm not thankful for? Middle school girl drama!
But, even that has it's purpose, I suppose, as she learns how to STAND FIRM in what she knows to be TRUE and RIGHT.