Know this: I am not writing this post with a spirit of complaining. I look around and very quickly realize just how blessed I am. I am just busy keeping my plates spinning. Trying not to worry about which one will fall. Crossing my fingers that none of them really will.
Such is the life of a Mom, right?!
As I write this, I'm listening to a great talk by Andrew Kern (listen to it here). He is talking about the culture that we live in. He says that we are a culture full of anxiety. Yes. When I get caught up in the spinning plates, that's what I'm feeling. Anxiety.
One of the things he challenges us to do (and which I want to make my personal "summer homework") is to take Philippians 4:8 and write each adjective onto an index card. Then, we are to take only 1 minute a day to write about what comes to mind when we think about living our lives according to those descriptive words: true, noble, right, pure, lovely, etc. Read the verse below to remind yourself of what we're commanded to think on:
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."Just imagine how much dwelling on these words will impact us! Picture how our actions will reflect that change of thought! Powerful stuff!
I guess I'll keep it short this time. Just know that as we're all finishing out the normal school routine and moving into summer's schedule, we're all in this thing together! (Motherhood, that is.) Let's challenge each other to keep thinking on the things of Philippians 4:8. I'd love to hear some of your thoughts on how dwelling on those words has inspired you!
If you think of me over the next three weeks, could you say a short prayer for my writing preparations? I'm heading to the Speak Up! Conference at the end of June and will be doing the Writer's Track. All writers will be given the opportunity for a 15 minute face-to-face with a publisher. Although I currently only have ideas in my head (and nothing on paper), I feel like I should try really hard to take advantage of this opportunity. We plan to finish the bulk of our schoolwork tomorrow, so after that I'm kicking into writing mode. I covet any prayers you can send my way from now until June 21st!
Until next time...remember Philippians 4:8.