Season of Re-education
& Renewing of the Mind
I Make Time for
It may be that you are already so maxxed out time-wise that you can't even imagine what you could possibly cut out! This is where it will take a miracle and/or a major overhaul in your lifestyle. But I have good news for you! Both of these – miracles and overhauls – are God's specialties!
Be aware that God may just want to make some changes in that arena, as in to start whittling down your commitments some and having you say "No" to a few things. This is between you 'n' Him though, not you 'n' me!
You will need to focus on hearing His voice on this, and wait for His answer, which may be very different from what you would have devised or hoped for. There is some excellent input on this area coming up in Marilyn Howshall's writings that will be of tremendous help to you!
After you and your spouse have come into agreement and you have your plan set up, hold a family meeting to fill the kids in on what will be happening, their part in this, and what to expect. You might want to make the meeting special in whatever way is meaningful for your family – like a special treat, communion, etc. Or just an enjoyable and relaxing time together.
Try to not place a "finishing line" on the season, either for yourself or your family. At this point you really have no idea how long it will take, so it would only be a wild guess at best; a false hope at worst. You might give them a minimum such as: "We can plan on this going on for at least 3 (or 6 or 10) months." Get them on your team or you'll all be in for a rough ride.
Since I have "only" three children, and my youngest is 13, I couldn't possibly tell anyone with more and/or younger children how they can do this. But God has blessed me (and you!) with a precious homeschool mom, Susan Hitchcock, who has six children (all boys!) and another "in the oven"! She is currently taking this course (my "Season of Re-education & Renewing of the Mind"), and is sharing her heart with me as she goes. She was responding (on the Wisdom's Way of Learning Email List) to another mom's comments on having some quiet time in the home on a daily basis...)
"Our house is also
quiet every day from 1 to 3pm, and I think it's worth ALL THE EFFORT it takes to do it!
My six boys all share the same bedroom but during this time, we just use the bedroom for nappers, and other spots in the house
for quiet time. My 18 month old and 4 year old are napping. My older boys are reading/looking at books quietly.
(They are allowed to draw after one hour if they would rather do that than read a
If I (Barb) were to tell you that getting this quiet time daily was possible for a pregnant mom with many children, I would be speaking out of line. But Susan has "earned" the right to say "you can do it." :-) It may be, though, that you will need to regain godly control of your children before being able to do this. That's what part of this course is all about! Please see this page for the resources that will assist and encourage you in getting the victory and PEACE God has waiting for you in this area.
LOVING WARNING: Be ready for a complete overhaul in how you relate to your children! Come to Him open and empty-handed so that HE can fill you and your home with Himself and His heart, and mould you and your home and relationships into His image!)