Wednesday, December 07, 2011
I remember as a new Mom, I just about went crazy at home. I got out of the house as much as I could, which wasn't always very convenient with a newborn! I spent a lot of time at my parents' house. Any new Mom can probably relate. You go from getting out of the house whenever you want, working at a job where you actually interact with people every day, to being at home with a newborn, little sleep, and having NO CLUE what to do when the baby cries. And then add another baby 2 years later, and a third a couple years after that. I have been house bound A LOT! I really don't know how other Moms manage to drag their kids all over the place every day. It often makes for grumpy kids around here :) And not enough nap time!
It's definitely gotten a lot easier over the years, and I can say that I am fairly content being home. That does bring with it one small (or big) problem. I have access to my computer all day. I'm ashamed to admit that I have become a slave to the internet, and I know it needs to change. It's been a great outlet for me as a stay at home Mom. I can have my friends at my fingertips, find new information, recipes, and of course, a bunch of useless information. It's not to say that there aren't a ton of benefits to being online, but I have abused this freedom.
Friday I decided to go "cold turkey" and just shut the thing down for the day. It worked! I had a much better attitude about my day, was less discouraged about my life, and I spent more time with my girls. It was so successful that I decided to do it again yesterday. I wasn't quite as strict about it. I was online for about 1/2 hour at lunch, and then again just before Keith got home for supper. I think I'm going to do this regularly. I admit I don't think that I can do it everyday, but a few times per week would already make a HUGE difference.
Being part of a Good Morning Girls Bible Study has been a really great thing for me. We are just wrapping up our study of 1 John, and will be starting Ephesians in January. I'm really going to miss it for the next few weeks while we're "off". I've been very consistent with getting up early enough to do my reading and that's HUGE for me! I have not been consistent with reading my Bible for YEARS.
Part of Good Morning Girls (a big part really) is having a group of girls that remind each other to do their study. I started out with a Facebook group of ladies that I didn't know, and it turned out that I was the only one really interested in accountability... what???? Yeah, I left that group fast. And then I found Candace! Candace and I have been emailing each other back and forth during the 12 week study. We haven't done it daily, but I have definitely felt encouraged. Candace has had a really full plate with her business, homeschooling, and going to meet her precious little daughter in Ethiopia! It's been really neat to get to know her better over the last 12 weeks.
So here is my question... is there anyone out there who is serious about spending time daily in God's Word? Who would like to join me in a Good Morning Girls Group this coming January? I would like to make a Facebook Group, as it seems to lend itself more to conversation. If you would like to join me (I'm going to keep the group fairly small, so if we have more than maybe 6 or so, I'll encourage you to start a new group), please leave a comment!
Posted by Stacey at Wednesday, December 07, 2011