Remember the beginning of my confession from last Monday? which was encouraged when I began to read Large Family Logistics. However, the below has nothing to do with having a small family or a large family. It has to do with...
well, I hope you’ll keep reading and be encouraged.
Here are some of the things that I felt the LORD was telling me about managing our home, our school, and well, just all of US. It’s time for me to re-focus and get serious.
“Yet, if at any stage of life you feel you’re ‘flying by the seat of your pants,’ taking each day as it comes without having anticipated it, planned for it, shaped it, and prayed over it, then take time off and get back to poring over your goals. Then you will control your days, instead of letting them control you.” Anne Ortlund.
The Bible reminds me that “Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Prov. 29:18
I’ve lost my “vision” and am “scattered” much like sheep scatter without the care of a shepherd. (Mark 6:24). And my home and family are also somewhat “scattered” because I have unclear and undefined goals for myself, for the children, our home, etc.. Yes, we had to go some what auto-pilot when we had so many little ones the same age, and were fighting Corbin’s asthma so often. However, I feel the LORD is nudging me back to a “Plan Of Care”.
Also, I have been convicted that I have become lazy - idle - sluggish. I have fed this idleness long enough now that it has become a habit.
But I’m committed to turning this around. I’m committed because the LORD has made me a “Shepherdess” to my little flock. Study Ezekiel 34:1-24 about how seriously the LORD feels about the Shepherds of Israel not caring for the children of God. Instead they looked only after their own comforts and their own pleasures.
I long to be faithful in tending to my family and home. I am reminding myself that love is a choice and a commitment. So, “what I feel like” doing doesn’t dictate what I do each day. Jesus “went about doing good” in Acts 10:38, and I am to follow His example here in my ministry. I must also be faithful, skillful and diligent in my daily work.
The ministry of meal making is a priority that I must be mindful of. One of the things the LORD said to the Shepherds of Israel in Ezekiel 34 is “Should not shepherds feed the sheep?” I am to practically care for the health of my family. To do that I must not be lazy about my menus. I need to plan ahead and look to wherever is necessary to feed my family well within the budget constraints that we have.
I am praying and seeking His goals to “make the best use of the time” (Eph. 5:16). And I pray that as wives and mothers, daughters and sisters, we will seek the LORD for wisdom and thank Him daily for the very precious ministry He has given to us.