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Sep
19

How To Keep Your Dreams as Your’re Serving Your family

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babyWe had a dream.

Once, years ago, when we first became work-at-home moms, we envisioned happily typing away at our computers. Our adorable children would be frolicking at our feet – blissfully playing amongst themselves. Maybe they’d be reading, doing puzzles …

Then, we woke up.

Both of us had highly unrealistic expectations of the quality and quantity of work we could do with small children at home. Years later, with teenagers, we’ve found that not much has changed.

We still feel the continual tug of war between the piles on our desk and the needs of our families.

Because our kids, no matter what their ages, still need us. Beyond that, they want us. We’re wise moms to realize this and take advantage of it.

To be honest, most of the time we fail miserably at keeping up a good solid rhythm. Work happens in great spurts of creativity. A lot of times, it seems like the needs of home and family can be postponed. From bitter experience, we’ve found that too much of a “that-can-wait” mentality can come back to bite us.

So, how do we work with passion and purpose, free of that feeling that we should always be doing something else other than what we’re doing at that moment?

This is still a struggle for us. But we’ve made progress.

Whether you’ve just become a work-at-home mom or have been one for years, here are a few principles that we’ve found helpful when we follow them:

1. If we aren’t good at multitasking, then we shouldn’t try. We’re firm believers that multitasking is a myth. Something always suffers – at least at our houses. Focus on one thing at a time for as long as you can.

2. Ask God throughout the day, “What is the most important thing for me to do right now?” One definition we found for the word “balance” was “a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.” We think the key words in that definition are “correct proportions.” Often, that doesn’t mean equal. So how do we know what’s correct? We don’t. That’s why everyday we have to invite and depend on the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

3. Hold onto your schedule loosely. Flexibility can be learned. Most of a mom’s day has to be flexible. Otherwise, we wouldn’t function very well. Begin the day with a strong framework that allows for margin. This means getting up before everyone else is up. After that, life usually gets a little crazy. We should always prepare for storms while there isn’t a cloud in the sky, right?

The same concept applies to a busy work-at-home mom’s life. Working at home may not have been what we expected. However, God has used it to fulfill dreams He’s put in our hearts. When we ask Him to show us how to pursue the opportunities He gives us, He’s always faithful to do it – without negatively impacting our precious families.

It may not always be peaceful. But He always offers us peace.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Melinda is a monthly host at Moms Together. She’s also written for Focus on Your Family Focus on Your Child newsletters, Clubhouse, CBN.com and Charles Stanley’s In Touch magazine. Both are active in church and online ministry, leading Bible studies and mentoring groups. Kathy mothers four kids ranging in age from late teens to early elementary years and is wife to Ben, a pediatrician. Visit Kathy and Melinda at Mothering From Scratch, where they provide encouragement and hard-won wisdom on how to find the mothering recipe that works for you.

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