I took a moment to rest after hours of working on blogging… In that moment I really saw my surroundings – my shockingly messy surroundings. What had happened in here? Oh, dinner! Ach. Forgot to start that… And to be completely honest, though I knew the children were somewhere near – because I did not make the house look like this – I hadn’t seen them since we had finished with school a few hours earlier. (They were with the other Iron Heart children playing outside – I checked.)
I pointed out to Mr. Handsome Pants how comical it is to be forsaking the very homemaking tips that I will be sharing on this blog while I am learning how to run said blog.
In a wavering falsetto voice – that I can only assume was supposed to be my voice – he replied, “I’m a great homemaker, sitting in front of the computer, blogging about how great of a homemaker I am while not actually homemaking…”
And we laughed and laughed and laughed.
Then I came straight to the computer to blog about this.
Years ago, after explaining my inability to keep up with all of my responsibilities at home (outside of ensuring the basic survival of my children), my wise friend shared something with me that another friend shared with her, that I have shared with my Iron Heart mamas and now with you, friend.
“You can only really do two things a day. Choose two things.” Homeschooling and cooking. Homeschooling and cleaning. Cooking and cleaning. Laundry and cleaning… Pick a combination. Any combination.
This is not to say that you won’t have blessed days that you manage to accomplish more than just those two things. You maybe have a schedule, a plan and then you work it. That’s something to feel good about and share with others on Facebook. Enjoy. But trust me on this: make sure you don’t pretend that was all you. The Lord lined it up so your hard work was more efficient. Don’t agree? Think for a minute about the days that you give it your all and have only survival to show for it. Praise Him for the smooth road today, and ask Him to prepare you for the next…
I can attest to the truth that a good many days you’ll only have just enough time, energy or wherewithal to check off your wisely revised and shortened to-do list. One of these days, you may find yourself trying to recount to someone what you accomplished, suddenly surprised and a bit embarrassed that it doesn’t sound like much. Oh, girl, it was enough. If that list was only mental, write it out and check those tasks off with gusto. Isn’t God good in even that?!
Some evenings, you will ask yourself, “What did I do today?” There is potential that you will not recall a single thing, or you might and wish that you couldn’t. In either scenario you also may or may not find yourself staring blankly, drooling. It’s on those days you survived by God’s grace. Praise Him and rest.
The best homemaking tip I can share is the one I am still learning myself: Rejoice and be glad in this day, friend, because regardless how you would rank it, He made it. Rejoice.
What did you choose today?
Psalm 118:24 and Philippians 4:4 – go get some rejoicing songs stuck in your head… You are welcome.