Friday, April 20, 2007

A resolution...

As I have mentioned, I've been s l o w l y learning how to be a homemaker. (as much of our generation is I believe) Something I read stuck out like a sore thumb the other day and it hasn't left my mind since. I was reading in Pocket Full Of Pinecones with my children and noticed the mother mentioned in chapter two the following statement:

"...[this is] part of my attempt to be an orderly person. I don't want to be the kind of person who is content with having good intentions, or who is too afraid to carry them out. Rather, I am determined to set aside the time to do what I have purposed to do and not be distracted."

Those bolded statements are precisely what I keep hearing in my mind. If we really want what we want, we need to get serious. We need to be determined. Steadfast in our dreams. No whinning. Whining comes from not doing a lot of the time. Laziness is the mother of good intentions. Instead of whining when you get discouraged, a better idea is to Do What You Can. Then of course, if you can't do anything about it, you must pray. Realize though, many times excuses are made more often then necessary. Usually there is at least something you can do.

I of course immediately associated this concept to my ability to keep my house kept cleaned. If I really (REALLY) want this, I can have it. I have to want it more than some of the things that keep me from accomplishing my tasks. For instance, my computer time, my extra reading time, and even the real important one - sleep! If I really (REALLY) wanted to have my house neat, I could wake early or stay up in order to accomplish those things I am looking for. The fact is, I can get the results I am looking for, I am choosing not to. AND, if I decide to choose not to, absolutely NO WHINING is allowed. It is my choice either way.

How about you... Is there anything you have in your life you find yourself in constant complaint mode, but now you may realize you CAN purpose in your heart to accomplish your desire?


motherofmany said...

I have realized very much lately how I really love my job of being at home, and it was mainly because there were so many things going on that kept me from doing what I needed and loved to do. In the midst of it, I said to my husband "I just want to hurry up and get back to making dinner, cleaning the house, and teaching the children1' I believe God allowed those issues in order to teach me to cherish the gift of ebing at home, and hopefully the whioneys I used to get about the everyday mundane NEVER come back!

Thanks for this post!

Mercy said...

With all of these posts that I write (mostly all of them are for my own self around here) that is what I'm trying to remember. I know that deep in my heart I really do LOVE my job. I remember how thankful I was when I first was able to stay at home & how much I enjoyed EVERY moment of it. Even the yucky stuff, like cleaning I seemed to enjoy doing.

That's the intention of my blog to recapture & rekindle that love I have had for homemaking. :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Kimm said...

Hi Mercy,
Do you follow Charlotte Mason's way of teaching for your school? Have you ever heard of My Father's World curiculum? I'd like to know more about what you do since I am starting a first grader next year. Maybe an idea for a blog post?