I've discovered that in my home I am the thermostat!
I want the atmosphere inside our house to be warm, cheerful, loving, positive, and constructive. So I try to go to God's Word each morning (remember, God is first) and pray, giving Him the opportunity to set the temperature of my heart to match His.
I love this!!! It is so true in our home! My attitude sets the mood for our day. Today....I botched it. I slept in. This basically sends our day on a downward spiral. What it means is that Billy went to work w/ an empty belly, the kids ate breakfast while watching a movie (b/c I had to have my computer time that I usually do b/f they get up), and I wasted time getting ready while they were watching that movie and we didn't get to school this morning (so we will have to do it this afternoon and I really don't like having to do much school in the afternoon). And b/c of all that the housework didn't get done this morning and will have to get squeezed in sometime after school and b/f I have to start fixing dinner. I will probably not get much time to just enjoy the kids. And b/c there is going to be such a time crunch to get everything done, I know I'm going to be tempted to pop in another movie for the kids. I didn't have the quiet time to pray and think and read to prepare my attitude to deal w/ my house and children, so I was crabby and short and not at all cheerful. As a result, the kids argued and didn't finish their morning habits and chores until lunch!!!!! ARG!
All this whining to say, I have got to get off to a good start. I've kind of touched on this b/f, but it's so true. Permission. The things we give ourselves permission to do or not to do. I do not give myself permission to go to bed w/o brushing my teeth. I do not give myself permission to skip Suzannah's insulin. There are lots of things I just don't give myself permission to skimp on. Getting up early enough to prepare my mind and heart for my very important job should be one of those things. I have found that even if we have a rough night and I'm tired, if I choose to sleep in, I regret it. I would rather be tired at 4 than have to deal w/ a day that is falling apart. It's just so hard to pull things back together once they've started to spiral.
I guess the whole point of this post was to give myself a little pep-talk. I need to get things back on track...it won't be easy. Tomorrow, I will not give myself permission to let my morning get off to the wrong start. I will set the thermostat so that the temperature of my heart matches His....so that my husband and children and home can be blessed by it. :)