I can do everything, but not all at once!

We go through seasons of life where we are able to engage in different things; right now I'm mothering through the teenage and young child years. 

"It's busy, exhausting, and rewarding. I constantly have to remind myself not to compare my Chapter 1 to someone else's Chapter 100. I'm not Martha Stewart. She can keep an immaculate home, tend glorious gardens, and grow every vegetable perfectly because she is at a different stage of life and her priorities are different than mine. She does not have three children, nor does she homeschool. Of course she isn't any less of a person for that, but it would be silly of me to measure myself against her.

I'm responsible for using 24 hours wisely everyday. I use 7-8 of them for sleeping. That leaves me with 16 to manage well. Managing them well means learning how to prioritize and giving the most important things the most attention. In our house, that order looks like this:
  1. God
  2. Spouse
  3. Children
  4. House
I start everyday in the Word. I can't make it through the rest of the list with out God's help so it only makes sense to give Him the #1 place in my life.

My husband prefers a good meal to a clean house or an empty laundry basket, so if I have to choose between making dinner or cleaning the shower, the former takes priority.

We believe our primary purpose as parents is to raise our children in the fear of the Lord. It's a hard exhortation to remember when there are dishes piled high in the sink, loads of laundry to wash, and dust everywhere, but if it seems the only thing I accomplish in a day is giving instruction, administering correction, breaking up squabbles, reminding our children of the necessity of their salvation, and teaching them to pray for a clean heart that hates evil and wants to do good, then the most important things have been given the most attention."  

These early years are where true character is formed.  While our children are in elementary school we have the ability to give them a relationship with God and mold their character and thinking according to His Word like we will never ever have again.  It is like an open window to their soul.  As a homeschooling mom, it is easy to feel pressure to push the academics and neglect teaching the Word of God. 

"To help keep my priorities aligned properly, there are several good things that I just don't do. One day I'd like to do them, but right now I don't have enough time or attention to give them."  

Right now, is the only time I will ever have to raise my young children.  I can always go back to school.  I can always get a job.  I can always write a book or start a business, but my kids will never again be as impressionable as they are right now.  This is the only season I will ever have to teach them how to love the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength and love their neighbor as themselves.  Never again will I be able to mold their world-view or impact the state of their heart as I can right now.  I would be stupid of me not to take this once in a lifetime opportunity.  My prayer for myself is that I would treat this time as a gift from God and treasure it.  This is truly my biggest daily struggle.  I believe there is great spiritual warfare over this issue in my life because Satan knows true discipleship of my children will impact and change the world FOREVER!

Parts of this post are direct quotes from: http://www.growinghomeblog.com/2013/10/keeping-growing-home-making-priorities.html?m=1#.UlhkUtJI-Sp