Saturday, September 17, 2011
I've followed Kat over at Inspired to Action on twitter and through her blog for quite a while. I'm ashamed to admit how long I've been familiar with her blog yet never read there much. A few weeks ago the Lord began to do some things in me and I found her blog and began to read. I was instantly impressed for a couple of reasons. 1. She totally must have a camera in my house. 2. She has written some excellent things to help me and anyone else that cares to read them and put them out for FREE. Now I have no problem paying for the work that people write or create but put quite simply money is very tight right now. I can't express how blessed I am that her materials are FREE. Did I mention they are FREE right now?
One thing I struggle with is is going to bed at reasonable time and getting up early in the mornings. I've always struggled with this and I hate that it's so hard for me to do what I need to do to take care of my family and myself properly. I WANT to get up before the sun rises and have my quiet time with the Lord but I don't. I WANT to be up and showered before the boys so that I'm ready to tackle the day with them but I don't. I DON'T WANT to be exhausted and short tempered with my boys and husband but I am. I DON'T WANT to be consistently behind in house work and laundry but I am. The answer is so simple. Go to bed early and get up in the morning early. By doing this I would have my sweet time with the Lord before the day. I would be showered and ready to cuddle with Jacob when he wakes. I love having a few minutes to sit and hug him and discover what's in that brilliant little 5 year old mind. If I woke early I could have Bible study with Joshua.
I've read so many books, blog posts, Cd's etc. on this very topic. We as Christians and homeschoolers have multitudes of help out there to us and I've used facets of all of those materials. But I never was able to make them my own, so to speak, and follow through with them. It's hard to take someone else's specific answer to prayer to their own issues and make it your answer to prayer to YOUR specific issues. If you know what I mean. All the other materials out there have helped and I've used them in some fashion. Kat's materials have been different.
So what made Kat's materials different for me you ask? I'm so glad you asked!! Kat kept things simple and gave step by step actions to take to help you begin to Maximize Your Mornings. She doesn't cram her specific morning routine at you and tell you you are failing if you don't follow it to a T. She includes forms for you to fill out that will help YOU develop YOUR OWN morning routine. The best part? Maximize Your Mornings is only 32 pages long! I was able to read it in one sitting and the forms were not time consuming in the least. They were direct and to the point. Time is of the essence for me. If I'm sitting down not doing anything something is not getting done (I won't bore you with how many loads of laundry aren't done and how bad my living room and school room look right now). I needed straight forward and Kat gave it to me. Kat has also graciously included calendars that will help you pray for your kids and husband and so much more. Really!! All FREE. Did I say that already? Be sure and read through all of Kat's resources HERE.
So this next week begins a NEW journey for me. I'm going to set my alarm and get up early no matter what time I go to bed. I'm going to do that until it's a habit for me. I'm going to do my best to go to bed earlier. If I'm up earlier and getting things done it should be easier for me to go to bed without feeling like late night is the only time I can get some things done....or feel like that's the only alone time I can get.
I know this will be hard. I know there are days when I will want to just give up and go take a nap. But I'm committed to changing things. I'm tired of feeling like a failure.
Is there anything that has motivated you to action lately? Tell me about it. I'd love to hear all about it.