Taking A Moment To Slay A School Year Demon

Does the busyness of the school year ever turn you into a woman you don't want to be? It does for me. This year I vow to take the moments, before the moments overtake me. www.shellytiffin.com #Christianity #Moms #SchoolYear #Moments #Devotions

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What is my “School Year” demon?

The busyness of  crazy schedules and long to-do lists.

Back to school is a time when I have to swallow the pill of going back to work with the idea of schedules, homework, practices, teaching, and the ministry God’s given me.

If I think about it too long, or as the sum of all that has to be done, I am easily overwhelmed. So, I will often break it down in to smaller to-do lists to make the pieces seem manageable.

What happens though is that I am often consumed by the list. There are times when I feel like I’m having an out-of-body experience as “I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (Romans 7:15).

Things like…

  • failing to notice what is going on around me.
  • failing to hear my kids call for me ten to twelve times before they start calling me by name to get my attention.
  • failing  to appreciate my husband for the way he selflessly tries to take things off my list.
  • failing to love my husband intimately because I’m exhausted from trying to accomplish the list.
  • And at times it’s as if I’ve been possessed by a fire breathing dragon that burns people with her words when they dare to interrupt accomplishment or add anything to her schedule.

All those things I hate that I do.

So, I have a new resolve:

I will take each moment.

I will not let the sum of the moments overtake me. 

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Does the busyness of the school year ever turn you into a woman you don't want to be? It does for me. This year I vow to take the moments, before the moments overtake me. www.shellytiffin.com#Christianity #Moms #SchoolYear #Moments #DevotionsI will take the moments of my husband’s embrace instead of  huffing as he keeps me from what’s next.

I will take the moments my daughters are begging me to play a game, have a question, or want to bake and make a mess of the kitchen even when I “don’t have time.”

I will take the moments a family member, friend, or stranger completely interrupts my life as opportunities to love.

I will take the moments for what they are: gifts.

How?

I will take my first moments in prayer, “God, here’s my list. Accomplish in me and through me only the things on Your list.”

I will enjoy the gifts of today instead of worrying about tomorrow.

If not, I run the risk of missing out on both.

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  • http://fearfullymademom.wordpress.com Abby

    Love your blog, Shelly. I truly need to remember all of this. My six-year-old will start first grade (gasp) in a few weeks, and I know the busyness will begin again. Soccer practice and homework and to-do lists. Thank you for this reminder than I don’t have to let the moments overtake me. I can choose to see them as gifts. Loved meeting you at She Speaks!

  • http://kittyjane.wordpress.com Katie

    I just wrote about something similar on my blog too! I think it’s something that women are really craving now and something that God is putting on our hearts: really being aware of our pace in life. Are we rushing around and missing the blessings? Or are we intentionally stopping to breathe and realizing that if the chores don’t get done right away, it’s not the end of the world? I think it’s neat to look around at so many women in my life that are all realising the importance of intentional living.

    My phone stopped working last week and the replacement phone’s charger suddenly didn’t work either…I took that as a sign I needed to have a few ‘quiet days’ with God and have limited technology and created an escape in my house (I’m living singly right now, I can do this ;)). I’ve realized how much my soul needed to just be at peace. To talk to God and not be inturrupted by texts or facebook alerts. It’s been refreshing!

    • http://www.shellytiffin.com Shelly Tiffin

      “I think it’s neat to look around at so many women in my life that are all realizing the importance of intentional living.” Yes, that’s so awesome! Thanks for sharing your own story as well.

  • http://allthelittlepieces.com Amanda Uher

    Thanks for this! I need that reminder to submit my list to God. Please Jesus, help me do what you call me to each day – no less, no more!

  • http://dilemmamike.com dilemmamike

    Definitely need to turn the list over to God.

  • Laurie

    This is very relatable. God’s will each day. Thank you for sharing so we know we are not alone.

    • http://www.shellytiffin.com Shelly Tiffin

      Thank you for commenting so I know that I’m not alone :).

  • https://plus.google.com/+AuggieMueller Auggie Mueller (Auggment)

    very good stuff. I really liked the “God, here’s my list. Accomplish in me and through me only the things on Your list.” keep it up.

    • http://www.shellytiffin.com Shelly Tiffin

      Thanks! It’s something I really struggle with.