It's the wee hours of Saturday morning and I am finally winding down a full day. I hardly ever post here on Saturdays, but there are a few concluding thoughts I have on the Turnoff discussion from earlier this week. I am planning a computer-free weekend for myself and I want to try to get these thoughts out there before I step away for a few days of rest and restoring.
To begin with, I'll say again how much I treasured each of the comments you took time to leave for me. All were encouraging, some were convicting, and most every one allowed me to know I'm not alone in my struggle in the TV area.
As often happens when I am wrestling through an issue, God allowed some meaningful words to cross my path at just the right time.
I met a new friend in Marie of Still in the Chrysalis this week. She and I have much in common in our spiritual beliefs and approaches to parenting. I can't tell you the immense and humbling encouragement it was to read her response to my Turnoff post which she shared on her blog and also on Facebook which is where I responded. Her insights on false guilt vs. real guilt (aka conviction) and how as believers, we know in our spirits when we are being prompted to just turn the dang thing off already and listen to and respond to the direction He in which He is leading us. Hmmmm . . . choosing to head the direction of the Spirit rather than over-emphasizing the wisdom of man. Sound familiar? Yes, you could say we clicked. Anyway, her further practical advice on how they handle TV in her family and why gave me much to think about. (the why part is really good. I highly recommend reading it!)
As I've thought about and prayed through some of this stuff this week, I began to realize that the TV being on too much (or what feels/seems like too much for me) is actually just a symptom of some bigger underlying issues. One I addressed yesterday is just sheer lack of gratitude when it comes to keeping tidy this home that God has generously provided as shelter for us. This is a heart attitude that I am surrendering to Him.
The role that I have now is not the one that I trained for . . . It is still a learning curve for me, balancing housework, cooking, child training, home educating, and serving my husband. I still so often feel overwhelmed and under-equipped for the task at hand.
But regardless of how I feel... what do I communicate? That I revel in the role that God has given me? That there is absolutely no where else I would rather be? That I accept with joy even the mundane parts of my day (the laundry, the toilets, etc.)?
My daughters (and my sons as well) need to see a picture of a woman that is at rest, and even better, rejoicing in her role. They need to know that I love being a wife. Love being a mom. Love caring for my home and showing hospitality. That what God has called me to do is a privilege and NOT a burden.
Yes. Exactly. This is exactly what I was needing to hear and be reminded of and encouraged in this week. And what's more, I actually can and should be doing what I was trained to do - teach! I can be teaching my girls how to care for what God has entrusted us with and how we can clean and keep the house in a way that is fun! Not something to dread and to try to just get through, but something to do with intention and mindfulness. You know, wash dishes to wash dishes and all of that.
It seems like there were a few other links I was going to share, but I must not have bookmarked them.
That's probably more than enough middle-of-the-night rambling. I'm looking forward to a computer-free weekend. I have more than enough to keep me busy, what with Simple Mom's Spring Clean kicking off on Monday.
Hope your weekend is full of relaxation, reconnection, and rest. (and evidently, alliteration)