observing and the experiencing and the
discovering God’s glory in everything
together were ample and foundational
accomplishments. Productivity is overrated, and I have had to learn to ditch
ethic. Moving through life with only pro-duction;as;the;goal;isn’t;what;God;had;in
built our nation with their bare hands. I
Can you do this? Can you set aside
the idol of productivity and recognize
that this life is more about what God is
accomplishing in us than what we are
accomplishing on the outside? This season with little ones underfoot is short
did), and if you can embrace the time of
wonder and discovery rather than glancing at your watch to see how much time
what God shows you along the way.
Of course there are things that have to
be done. Children must be fed, laundry
must be run, bathrooms must be cleaned,
get a pass that excuses us from those
The balance, I believe, comes when we
right;now.;I;try;to;make;a;list;of;the;non-negotiables in the really tight seasons and
things such as repainting my bedroom
years (yes, sometimes things fall to the
wayside for years), I am a far happier
mom with a realistic plate of expectations
eyes on Jesus than if I were to have a pie-in-the-sky;plan;that;only;leaves;me;frus-trated and bitter.
some time to write them down, and yes,
include things you need for your soul,
else should go on your list, but pray and
actually have during the day and what
that time should hold.
in your hand and direct it to Jesus, too,
because the sooner our little ones get into
the habit of turning to Jesus, the better.
His productivity in our lives multiplies
into a million different intricate components all working for the beauty of
redemption;in;us.;We;are;His;workman-ship, and what blessed people we are!
Kendra Fletcher is the mother of 8, speaker for groups and conferences around the
country, blogger for Sally Clarkson's I;Take
Joy site, author of 2 self-published eBooks,
and podcaster on HomeschoolingIRL.
Her articles have appeared in a variety of
publications, including Crosswalk.com,
Mary Jane's Farm, and Washington Family Magazine. She blogs at www.kendra
and www.preschoolersandpeace.com. Find
her on Twitter: @KendraEFletcher
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