What does the rhythm of your days look like? I must admit, ours varies depending upon commitments, unexpected sicknesses, and a myriad of other things that demand our attention. But there are some things that are non-negotiable in our lives. First, we seek to spend time with God everyday. Before we start school, our children know they are to have their quiet time with the Lord. A day cannot start out on the right foot without making Christ the priority. Satan will always tell us how we are too busy, too tired, too whatever to get this most important time done, but that only reminds us that this is of the utmost importance if the enemy seeks to keep us from it.
Then some time in the early morning routine we stop to have a morning devotional together. My husband is off to work at this time, so I gather the children and we read through a book of the Bible, one chapter at a time. We have some discussion about what that particular passage means to our Christian life and then we pray. School always seems to flow so much smoother when our morning devotionals are not neglected.
Other activities fill our days…homeschooling, cooking, outside play, creative pursuits…but none of those compare to the time spent with the Savior…at His feet…seeking His face…asking Him to order our days.
Hugs, kisses, sweet words, I love you's…these are the things that our children will remember. Don't forget the importance of your touch and lovely conversation in the lives of those you love. I have to constantly remind myself that when my children grow up they won't remember the phonics lesson they do day after day, but they will remember the attitude Mommy had while doing it. My children will learn to read and do math and a long list of other things, but will they remember a gracious mother who loved them every chance she got? That is the kind of mother I strive to be.
And it is only by loving the Lord as I should that I can love my family properly. Only the Holy Spirit can illuminate that kind of love through us. So remember…give the Lord your day and everything else will fall into place.