My heart this Autumn

Monday, August 28, 2023

This Fall my family and I are embracing a new rhythm. Our schedule changes. The kids are growing and so are their commitments and training. I find myself in a place where I need to be prepared to serve well. 

We all wear so many hats. I'm learning to know what my priorities are. I can't afford to focus on the wrong things. 


Sometimes, focusing on the wrong areas of myself can be detrimental. How so? I told you I'm working on my priorities. Being on social media 17 hours a day is not one of my priorities. Lately, I had to say goodbye to time spent online doing things I enjoy in exchange for my priorities. 

For the past few weeks (months?) I missed writing Sunday Seven. The downtime I had on weekends has changed. I hoped to write this past weekend but did not make time. My family wanted me to go swimming with them. I told my husband I had so much to do in order to prep for Monday. He said, "I want you to do whatever will help you be successful." 

I put on my bathing suit and we went. While we were there, we had a chance to have a conversation we needed to have as a family. Earlier that day, I thought the conversation was going to be difficult. Thanks be to God, it wasn't as bad as I thought. It actually went really well. Everyone was edified all while having fun in the pool. 

It started to rain so we had to leave. I had more than adequate time to go home to finish prepping for the week.

Post-pool picture with our new microwave.
The old one broke so we didn't have one for a month.
Yes, we survived but we are super happy about this new one!

If I focused on the wrong areas of myself, I would have missed out on a sweet afternoon with the family. 

I am sure I will have (make) time to write Sunday Seven again. I'm more focused on sticking with my processes for the Fall. 

Process over project

I enjoy a good project. Do I always finish them? No. But oh we know how to plan and start. Lately, I'm forcing myself to focus on my processes. 

What is my process to get in shape? Learning to do several strict pull-ups is different from my process to get in shape. 

My process of cooking mostly homemade meals is different than my project of adding more veggies to our first meal of the day. 

I am analyzing my professional processes as well. I have a goal in mind. If I get distracted by multiple projects that get in my way, I won't reach that overarching process outcome.

Some things do not happen by accident or by chance. We have to be intentional with them. 

This Fall I am practicing being intentional with prayer, Bible reading, and listening to God's wisdom. 

I hope you have a lovely week my friend! Thank you for listening to my heart.