Friday, July 25, 2014

Prioritizing Importance

I've been thinking lately about what things are important to me. 
There are the obvious things: God, my marriage, my kids, family and friends in general....
What I'm talking about here are the everyday life things. Sometimes I get really overwhelmed with life. Honestly, I kind of thought when I became a stay at home mom that I would have all this time to do projects, have a spotless house, always be caught up on laundry, etc. etc. Well, if you are a stay at home mom, you know this is so not the case. At least not for many. I'm sure there are exceptions out there! I always have big plans for cleaning the entire house in one nap time and then those are the days where my kids nap for 45 minutes. I'll think that I am going to do either a house project, or DIY project after the kids get down for the night, and those are the nights where we are out later than expected and they have a hard time going down and aren't asleep until 10. That's just the way it goes. Then there are the times where all I want to do is sit during nap time (like I am right now), because I'm worn out from chasing kids all morning! Things get pushed to the wayside. Such is life. I'm sure all moms can agree with this, whether you stay at home or work. 
So back to the point. I've been thinking lately. Thinking about what things should take priority in my life and for my time. For example, I often feel like I should spend my nap times or post bed times working out, but it's honestly not really important to me. It probably should be, but try as I might, I just don't like it. So instead of feeling guilty and like I have to spend that time exercising, I'd rather prioritize something that is important to me. Now, on the flip side things that are important to me aren't always things that I enjoy. It is important to me to have a clean and clutter free home, but I don't really enjoy the act of cleaning. Still, because the end result is important to me, I'm going to try to be more diligent about making time for it. 
My time is precious, and I'm sure anyone with young kids would agree! Well really, anyone's time is precious! It often feels like we don't have enough of it. This is how I'm going to make the most of the 24 hours I have each day. By prioritizing what is important to me and my family. I want to spend more time focusing on things that are important-not just to me, but to my family and the Lord as well. It is so easy to get caught up in the hubbub of life and before we know it we have 5 commitments a week that are pointless, not important to us, and we dread doing/going to. I know there are sometimes things that aren't important to you that you just have to do. Maybe you hate cooking, but your family has to eat. Perhaps you hate mowing the lawn, but you can't just never cut it. I know that we can't only do things that we enjoy and are only important to us. I am excited about putting more time towards those important things, and putting less time into things that don't matter and/or aren't important/fruitful...on top of things that need to get done, of course.
One thing that is really important to me, that I haven't felt like I have the time, effort or resources to build more into is my family's health. In May, my husband and I did the Whole 30 challenge (actually we only made it to day 25), and that allowed me to learn a lot about the foods we put into our bodies. Since then, I've thought a lot about things we are putting onto our bodies. I don't really know anything about what's in the shampoo I use, or the detergent we wash our clothes in. Because my oldest daughter had eczema as a baby, we use mostly gentle products when we can, but I know they are still full of chemicals. I'd love to research this more and see how what we are using on our bodies, eating, and using around the house are affecting us. My sweet older daughter has suffered some health problems and it makes me wonder how much of it could be prevented by external factors and things that are in our control. It's important to me, so I've decided to put more effort into looking into that stuff, and maybe that'll mean buying or making new products for us to use. 
Another thing that is very important to me is spending time alone with the Lord. The honest truth is that I go through phases where I am very good about reading my Bible and having time with Him every day, and phases where I miss a few days and before long my days are so filled up that I haven't given that time a second thought. I don't want to be like that. It's very important to me to be diligent about reading and spending time with God. It helps me to grow and it challenges me. Plus, God wants to hear our hearts and for us to read His. This is something that I need to be better about prioritizing because of its important in my life and in my family's lives! 
There are several other things that are important to me that I haven't been making time for. And there are things that are important to me that I have been finding time for just fine, and I'll continue to do that. I just want to stop feeling like I am obligated to do things that I don't enjoy and don't hold importance to our family or the Lord. 
What about you? What things are important to you that you have a hard time prioritizing? How do you prioritize things in your life to make sure you are getting done what needs to get done, and still do things that you love and are important? 
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  1. I go through phases with my "spritual" time as well. One month I'm reading tons and writing in my journal and the next month I can't seem to stay on track.


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