Thursday, September 20, 2007

A Change in Perspective

Do you ever think you have everything under control just to have God hit you between the eyes and remind you to check yourself?

I'm a part of a women's bible study here in our community and today was our 2nd meeting. We are studying Cindi Woods' Victoriously Frazzled and last weeks' topic was very timely for me. In our study we focused on the idea of keeping God and our relationship with him a top priority. Ok, seems like we should know that by now, right? I don't know about you, but it's easy for me to get so wrapped up in the daily business of our life that I don't consistently make time for God. We needlessly stress ourselves out because we fail to rely on Him. We fail to take everything, even the tiniest stuff, to Him in prayer. Exodus 14:14 says, "The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still" -- and some translations even say, "... you need only be silent". This is where God smacked me between the eyes. Everyday of the study seemed to reiterate this theme. It became more evident to me that there is a lack of balance in my life. I short-change myself and my relationship with God and put my husband, kids, family-life, home, etc above everything else. God was calling me home this week.

In my previous post I shared my homeschool desires and frustrations. Last week I was ready to homeschool in light of the "obvious concerns" I had with the kids schooling. But God has really been trying to speak to me this week.

Apparently I am the one who needs to be 'schooled'. I need to learn to find myself in Him. I need to trust that we are living in His will as he has blessed us immensely. I need to calm down, relax, rest in His arms and take it all to the cross. I need to release the idea of homeschooling (for now anyway) so that it doesn't become a weight dragging me down emotionally. I have to quit carrying it in my back pocket, bringing it up everyday with The Coach. He carries his own stresses this time of year. Our children are receiving a good education in a good district.

I need to teach my son to pray for his teacher. I need to be the example for Veggie Boy and Saucy Girl. God richly blessed us with our new home and a great school system. He has blessed me with the gift of time. I haven't had time alone in several years and I think the idea completely freaked me out. I truly believe God is teaching me the concept of 'sacred balance'.

So, in obedience to the promises in Exodus 14:14, Psalm 91:1 and Matthew 11:28 I am releasing my children's education to God. I am taking a deep breath, relaxing in Him, and "keeping silent". Sometimes I just need to shut-up (but, ask my husband and he'll tell you that I probably don't know how ! :-) and quit over-thinking things. I am taking one day at a time. I will be thankful for each day God gives to my family. The kids are in the middle of a semester and we will be actively involved in their education. Taking it step by step, holding God's hand the entire way. He will reveal to us what the next step is and when it should happen - BUT, in the time being, I will rest...in Him.

How about you? Has God smacked you between the eyes lately. I would love to hear how He has spoken to you.

Blessings, Stranger-Friends!

5 comments:

nutmeg said...

HSing is not always the answer. Good for you for realizing that it's not for you right now!

God smacks me with something almost everyday... usually it's my lack of patience with my kiddos. I need to be a better example to them on this front!!

Carolyn said...

Hey Christie,
i have loved reading your posts. They are so honest and funny! I admit that I prayed for you when you were ready to pull the kids out of school.It was such a blessing to read this today how God had softened your heart and brought you close to Him.
Kudos for fixing the washing machine!

Christie@tisbutaseason said...

Nutmeg,

Thanks so much for stopping by. I find so much humor and encouragement from your posts. I'm doing my best to allow God to guide us in the homeschool front.

Blessings,
Christie

Christie@tisbutaseason said...

Carolyn,

So glad to see you are keeping up with our crazy little family. :-)

God is always working on me. We are still having trouble with the school system (mainly at Jaedon's school) and as I said in my post, we are taking it one day at a time and allowing God to guide our decisions.

I have to admit that completing the repair on the washing machine was quite exhilirating! :-)

Blessings,
Christie

Anonymous said...

C.R.
I am so proud of you..not only as a mother and wife but as a child of God. I feel like my prayers have been answered when I read that your learning to turn it all over to God and "leave" it with Him. Praise God for answered prayers! I know for you that 'resting in His arms' is hard to do because your not much of a 'rester'. :) I love you so much and I love reading about your daily journey through life. When you hurt, I hurt, but I've learned to just lift you up to the Lord and I know that He will take care of you.
Keep doing what your doing...your on the right track....HIS track!
Love,
Mama
sorry I don't know all the short terms ya'll use on here, so my comment is a little long. ;)