Children are such a blessing! I forget sometimes to just slow down and enjoy each of them at the age and stage they are at. Life can get so busy to where you feel like you're running nonstop. Either through having too many commitments to other things, or social media, & etc. I just recently realized that our life was so full of stuff that didn't need my attention, and I didn't feel like I was spending quality time with my children. I will have time when they are all grown to help outside the home with other things. I decided I needed to reevaluate my priorities. I sometimes over commit myself to things forgetting that I'm not like everyone else. We have a large family that needs a lot of my attention. And I am definitely okay with this! This is the stage of my life where my commitments are with my children over other things. God blessed us with these beautiful children and he has trusted me with them! I take that very seriously. We only have so very few years with them to mold them for God. I feel like Tyler is getting so old and before I know it, he will be off on his own. I want to know that I have raised him to love the Lord and serve Him.
I feel like social media can sometimes take over my life. It's very easy to open facebook and get lost on what's happening in others' lives. When this happens, I feel like I don't talk to anyone cause I already know what's happening with them from reading it. It really takes away being personal with others. I hardly ever call anyone anymore cause I feel like I'm communicating with them by just reading their posts. But the truth is, I'm Not. I tried to deactivate my account on facebook a few weeks ago, but our families want me to keep it. For them, it's the only way they see our family and know what's going on with us. None of our family lives near us. They all live in Mississippi, Utah, California and areas close to that. So, I am going to keep it for now, but just won't be reading through others posts very often.
I'm trying to get back to what's important. Since cutting back other stuff, I've really made it a priority to read my Bible and spend time with God everyday. Jacob and I are reading through the Bible together. We are doing a reading plan of reading through the Bible in a year. I'm really enjoying it and so is he. We are also trying to do a devotional as a family. All of the little kids are in Awana and they love it. Tyler is in a great youth group and loving it. They do a junior high bible study every week and then the youth group meets every week. They are a very active group. While they are all doing that on Wednesday nights, I get to go to a Bible study that I am really enjoying. We missed a few Wednesday nights from life being so busy, so I am happy to be back and so are the kids!
I just thought I would share what I was feeling in my heart. I'm sure others feel the same way sometimes.