Thursday, September 24, 2009
Autumn arrived this week. Well, maybe not here in South Carolina...yet. As seasons change I am always reminded that this too shall pass. No matter what we are going through, it will end or it will change...it's just a season. This brings hope and encouragement that life won't always be this hard or this tiring or this demanding. God doesn't break bruised reeds (Isaiah 42:3).
I realized this week that I have been feeling down. Homeschooling the children takes time and focus...and it's taken from the time and focus that I have almost exclusively given to my homemaking and creativity for the past two years as part of God's guidance to heal from burn-out. I really miss quiet days of homemaking and sewing. It's just not happening right now. And I realized that it may be not so much due to all of the children being home but being due to the fact that I have newborn. I want to find out ways to balance both homeschooling and homemaking.
I poured out my heart to the Lord in my journal the other morning about this frustration. I prayed for contentment, fresh ideas, and recognized that where I am right now with the children is where I need to be. "And yet, Lord, I want to have time and a fresh vision for my home again."
Just thirty minutes later I stumbled onto wonderful ideas to get inspired for fall! I realized that all my summer stuff is still out and wouldn't it be fun to go in the attic and find some fall decor to put out and maybe even put together a wreath for the front door? The changing of the season was a new opportunity for me to have fun, be creative, and nurture my family at the same time.
So I declare that we all need to have a Seasonal Decorating Day (or weekend!). Go buy some mums for your front porch. Make a leaf garland for your mantle. Look for fun ideas of autumnal crafts to make with your children. Put out some fresh candles. Gather goodies from nature to decorate the dinner table with. Look at decorating blogs or magazines for simple tips on adding fall elements to your home. As we decorate our homes for a new season, it's an acknowledgment that there are always new beginnings, good changes, and fresh living to be had.
I think it's brilliant that God made four distinct seasons. It keeps life exciting and from getting stale and boring.
Have fun celebrating each and every one!
photo by tessanichols