I have struggled to know just how I wanted to begin the new year. Like so many, and as in years past, I've scribbled down a list of goals for 2014, but this year in doing so, I knew things have to be different. Our business is growing and demanding more of my time which is a very good thing. In addition, my children are growing (up) and need a mom who is available rather than too busy. Lately, I've found myself struggling to juggle all the hats I've been trying to wear and feel a little like Bilbo Baggins who said it so perfectly: "I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can't be right. I need a change, or something.” Like Martha in Luke 10, I "have been distracted with much serving," and so some change was indeed in order.
Last week I gave up all my church volunteer duties, which was really difficult for me to do, and yet, liberating at the same time. This doesn't mean I won't still enjoy serving at my local church, though; what is does mean is that I'll be a helper rather than the one in charge. :) It's amazing how making even one small change can make such a huge difference! Being task oriented, like "Martha," definitely has its perks, but one can be so busy serving that the more important things, like people, get lost in the shuffle of to-dos, and far too often "just a minute" sadly turns into opportunity lost and regret.
Recognizing that each new year comes with only 365 days, that each hour of each day doesn't need to be filled with a specific task, I came up with what I hope are realistic goals with lots of room for real life which we all knows does happen. :)
- Homestead goals include raising a new flock of hens for eggs along with a flock of meat birds with which to fill our freezer, installing a hand pump for our well, putting up the clothesline we bought while in Lancaster last summer, and improving our gardens.
- Education goals include more reading, more conversation, and getting through algebra!
- Business goals include growing our business and both Daniel and I getting our electrical apprentice cards.
- Spiritual goals include consistent early-morning devotion time: reading, praying, memorizing, and journaling.
- Personal goals include lots of reading and knitting. And I guess I'll be honest and add that I'd love to lose a few pounds, too. :)
This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
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