A couple times in the last several years I have been asked to speak to our Moms N Tots group at church. I don’t like speaking to large groups, but I always have fun sharing with these delightful gals. After the first time or two, I even quit throwing up from nerves. :) Through it all, though, I have learned a very important lesson: I need to be careful, since God always teaches me tons about topics I thought I was competent to speak on. For instance, one year I was asked in June to speak the following April on self-control. ARGH!! What a tough year that was! Every time I turned around, God showed me how little I really knew about exercising self control. The end result? I could speak from my heart and my experience…and I learned that I NEVER want to go 10 months between accepting an invitation and actually speaking again.
In August I was asked to speak on time management. The dates are in January, and I thought it was all good. After all, I have a reasonable handle on time management. Plus, I’ve spoken on this topic before. HA! So much for that thinking. God is clearly undoing everything I know so that He can correct my faulty ideas. I think I’m looking forward to what He will teach me. Or at least I thought I was. One of the first lessons I’m learning? I am totally useless without my computer! Yes, our primary computer died this week. No access to any of our important documents. No access to my check register. No access to any of the pictures. Nada. Zip. It’s toast. So…I wait. I am trying to adjust to running the house without the everyday records I use, like the menu plan and the grocery lists. The new computer comes next week and it will take time to change over, set everything up, and adjust to a new operating system.
In the meantime, I am taking a hard look at what I do and why I do it. We’ve cut back on speech therapy, eliminating the less effective sessions. We’ve dropped occupational therapy for a bit. We’ve modified our school schedule so that the boys are learning even more at their own pace. We’ve not got any high schoolers at home this year, so we’re not tied up watching volleyball several afternoons a week. In short, everything sounds delightful. The reality, though, is that each week is different, and I’m finding that I feel more scattered some weeks. The whole thing is quite interesting. I can’t wait to see what God does with this! :)
Because the computer crashed, I can’t post all the pictures I had hoped to put on here. Suffice it to say that once we complete the switch, I have vacation pics and some fun therapy pics and pics from a trip to the farm. Hopefully they’ll go up sometime next week.
In the meantime, know that between computer issues and more lessons in time management, I’m working on keeping my priorities straight. That might mean less time blogging for a bit. We’ll see. I’m open to anything, but I have to follow God’s lead in this.