Let's face it. If it doesn't involve eating or sleeping, it just doesn't get done around here. Over the past few weeks our lives have pretty much revolved around our kids, making sure they well fed, well rested, generally happy, and relatively obedient. It's a big job, and it requires most of my time and energy during the day, which means very little is left for other things.
Some of those other things are really not important to me, and I'm simply willing to let them go. Things like Pintrest and clean toilets (I'd love to say I'm kidding, but it's been a really long time since someone's cleaned the toilets...).
However, other things are too important to give up on entirely. Things like blogging, cooking with real food, and of course, my daily devotional time. These things matter to me. They are priorities. At least, I thought they were until I found myself pressed for time and energy.
More often than not I end up wasting my small amounts of free time on other less important things. Things like Facebook reading, and playing silly online word games. These things are easy, fun, and entertaining. Just a few minutes couldn't hurt, right?
One of the biggest challenges I've had over the past month is learning to set aside those entertaining things in favor of more important things, even if it's just a few minutes at a time!
I've had to choose between checking Facebook or reading my Bible, between another chapter of a fiction book or getting dinner on the table. For a good Christian mother these should be easy decisions (right?), but still I find myself struggling to let go of the selfishness that comes so naturally. I struggle to do the right thing when the easy thing to so much more enjoyable!
Now, this is the part of the post when a good blogger would offer you 10 easy steps for managing your time and balancing your priorities, but I'm sorry to say that this isn't that post and I'm definitely not that blogger.
I don't have any tips or advice on how to manage daily devotions, laundry, and feeding schedules. I don't know how you're supposed to get all the work done without sacrificing time spent with your family and with God. I can't even manage a simple trip to the grocery store without an entourage of diaper bags, shopping cart covers, sippy cups and car seats. Who am I to act like I have it all together!?!?
No, there will be no advice given today. No, happy ending to a pretty little post.
I just don't have time to write one.
Instead I'm going to post this like it is, imperfections and all, and use the rest of my evening to catch up on my Bible reading.
Priorities. It's all about priorities.
*I was going to include of picture of my dirty toilets, just so you know how much time I've wasted on Facebook, but I couldn't find the camera. So you get two random pictures of my favorite little priorities instead. Lucky you!