We took the day off today. Our regular schedule was put on hold, we lingered in our pjs, we rested. I am finding it needed more and more in our school schedule, rigor is good, but rest in good too. I love that I can declare it, any day, and we can do other things.
Other things this week meant making cookies for the neighbors, reading Christmas stories, playing board games, singing Christmas Carols, and all the while reflecting on the season of waiting, of receiving gifts, of giving love.
As I type, the children are playing a Christmas word puzzle, and murmuring to one another, giggling, and agreeing together as they map out solutions to their game.
Some days I am amazed at the fruit of following hard after Christ.
As a homemaker, I must clean and pick up daily, washing dishes until my hands dry up, my laundry pile is a constant mountain to be chipped away. As a wife, my husband needs a listening ear, a sympathetic thought toward his hard day's work, a belief in all he is and is becoming, while taking care of his meals, clothes, children, and keeping the home a refuge.
As a mother, warmth must be found in my smile and hopeful heart, the children must be seen as gifts to be given great swaths of space in our lives, every night includes an hour of cuddles, question answering, and stories. As the chief child trainer, every argument must be walked through, every meal must include many hands in the preparation, every bad attitude must be reoriented, sleep must be given, stable home life must be provided, kindness must be encouraged, each child's character must be molded. As a home schooling mom, every day I wake to questions about the day's math problems and must search out a good poem to memorize, I must continue to pursue good things to add to their day, to find positive experiences, and God's goodness must be reflected in a day's lessons.
It is a lot of hard work, but it is all worth it.
On this day of quiet reflection and rest, of taking the day off, I see so much that God is doing in the mix. The soft murmurs of my children as they peacefully play with one another, says it all.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9