Monday, January 26, 2009

Baby, it's Cold Inside

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.
-Elizabeth George
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 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 that my husband and children and home can be blessed by it. :)


Once Upon A Closet said...

Love it! And don't sweat because our morning was just...weird. We started school a little late but Andrew took 1 hour to do math. He was griping, complaining or anything, it just took that long. It was some hard stuff. That freed me up to do other stuff but I feel I didn't have time with them. I have a stack of dishes to do because Eric was cleaning the water heater. Because of that we also couldn't do laundry. What a day! But I am working on my attitude! I want a warm house!

Once Upon A Closet said...

I meant he wasn't griping or complaining! oops!

The Clevelands said...

Maybe it was a full moon last night, we're kind of crabby here as well!!

Jessi -in love with her boys:) said...

thank you for that post. Such an eye opener

jaymie said...

i don't have your email...shoot me one..i need to email you!

all4memories said...

Thank you for that post. I know exactly how you feel. I used to be such a morning person, getting so much more accomplished in the day. I now feel that I'm quite lazy if I sleep in even for a bit. I'm going to go back to setting an alarm clock. Thanks for the inspiration! Or, I guess I should say, thanks for allowing God to use you.

On another note, I read about your daughter taking insulin. I have been on insulin for 33 years! I started out taking 4 shots a day when I was 7 years, and now at 40 years, I'm on the insulin pump. I really hate that she has diabetes, but, wow!, now they have come so far with treatment and such. I do pray that God gives someone wisdom one day soon to find a cure. Blessings to you and your family!!

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Caldwell Clan said...

Thank you so much for sharing your day. This is something that I'm trying to make a routine in my day... and am not doing as well as I would like. I do completely agree with the thermometer analogy!! and I need to start my day much warmer than I have been... boy do I wish I were one of those people who liked getting up early. I enjoy it once I do it, but it's the draggin my tail out of bed that I don't like. :) HOpe tomorrow is better!!

Laura said...

I have been getting up every morning with Steve and having quiet time after he leaves! What a difference in my day!! You KNOW that I am not a morning person but I am with you! I would rather be a little run down in the afternoon than be harried and short all day!

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28


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