Thursday, July 5, 2012
I have often marvelled at the reserves of energy my tired husband seems to have. He will drink coffee in the early evening so he can be awake to finish a few more chores. I couldn't understand why he didn't just sleep and forget the extra work.
In the last few weeks, I have been overly busy with my older children. I hosted a baby shower, had guests in my home at all times of the day, went to several events, did heavy shopping, and extra cleaning. Somehow, I got stronger and learned to pace myself enough to get it all done. I pushed aside distractions and wouldn't allow myself to be pulled away from the task at hand.
My goal is to make the most of my time as a mother. (How long do I really have left?) I want to make events special, and my home a happy haven. This all takes a tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes labor, which is seemingly unnoticed. Lately, I have done this all cheerfully, and have been thrilled with my daily accomplishments.
I also noticed this working in other areas of our life. I have daily Bible time with my teenage son (he is my last homeschool student). John and I read two chapters at each reading. However, sometimes life gets in the way, and our time is delayed. Last night, it had gotten so late, I mentioned that perhaps we should read only one chapter? He gave me such a look. Like I was a slacker (smiles). And said almost sternly, almost accusingly, "Why can't we read two?" I was grateful for his persistence and we read the required two chapters. We were both proud of ourselves, realizing that if we had all day for other things, why on earth would we skip the daily religious disciplines?
My children watch Mr. White and I work hard on a daily basis. They see us quietly laboring without complaint. They watch as we do difficult things despite weariness. They also see us enjoy our rests and the fruit of our labor. This example in life, and in religious duties, helps our children learn to work despite the hard times. It teaches them to persevere, but to also come alongside and help us when we start failing.
If I gave in to my "tiredness" and slept as much as I wish I could, what kind of life would I be portraying to those around me? To work hard each day, and yes to earn my rest, is one of the best examples I can give to my children.
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