Overwhelmed? Do you have too much going on?
We live in an intense world. Homeschooling parents juggle a lot as we try to parent intentionally and educate with excellence while giving our children every opportunity, we can afford them to grow into the young men and women God created them to be.
It’s a lot, and not one of us is immune from that nagging feeling that we’re one toss away from dropping those balls we’re trying to juggle.
Through the years, several people have told me that I seem to have it all together. Although I’m truly grateful that it may look that way, I often feel like I’m on the edge as well. My answer to anyone who makes a comment like that has generally included a word of praise to God for His grace for every hour. After that, I always note that I have an amazing helper in my husband.
Let me explain what I mean by that comment about David. Those who know us well would probably all say that I’m the organized one in our marriage, and in a way they’re right. I set up things differently than David does, and I tend to notice details that he would generally miss in his “big picture world.” But often, I get so bogged down in those little details that I miss the big picture all together. (Can you relate?)
I’m so thankful that God put us together to complete one another. We noted early on in our relationship that we were each other’s “other half,” but the deeper into our marriage we get, the clearer that fact becomes.
I could write books on how we complete one another in God’s great plan, but this week, I wanted to share something David put together that is honestly an offshoot of a lot of conversations he has had with me through the years.
When I get overwhelmed…
When I get discouraged…
When I lose my way in all the various things vying for my attention…
He is the one person who can ground me. He reminds me of what’s important… and often, he lovingly tells me that ‘you eat an elephant one bite at a time.” (He’s full of wisdom like that…😉)
A few years ago, David and I started working through some principles that we prayed would help us be better equipped and able to do what God has called us to do. At the time I was almost paralyzed as I looked at everything going on with our 4 children and still tried to accomplish all the Teach Them Diligently prep, homeschool endeavors, church responsibilities, and more. We had to find a way beyond the overwhelm to allow me to focus on what God had called me to do without allowing me to have a complete breakdown in the process.
Unbeknownst to me, David felt led to compile the general ideas in some of those conversations into an assessment and an email series. As one who has benefited from his wisdom and insight for years, I really encourage you to check this out, for he shares with you many of the things he has shared with me through the years when I get the most undone and overwhelmed. He’ll walk you through some foundational principles for being more productive, keeping your eye on the main things in your life, guarding your health, etc. It’s insanely practical, and I know it will be incredibly helpful.
I hope you’ll take a couple of minutes tonight to check out the productivity assessment and start that “conversation” with David. At this time of year, it’s so easy to become overwhelmed as we look ahead to all that we’re embarking on for this new homeschool year. I sincerely believe this will be a huge help to you, and I pray God uses it greatly.