A few days ago, I blogged about my New Year's Resolutions. I told you how my main goal this year is to not do things that I don't want to do. Of course, we all know that this is an impossible task, but let me clarify:
I, like most well-meaning women, have a tendency to take on way too much more than I can handle. In my effort to do all the things I think God wants me to do, I end up doing a lot of things that he doesn't want me to do and I put off the things that he really does want me to do. (Does this remind anyone of a Bible passage? Romans 7:15, perhaps?)
This year, I'm resolving to stick to the plan: God's plan.
God has created me to be a wife and a mother. He has called me to homemaking and homeschooling. He is encouraging me to prepare healthy meals for my family, to keep my home clean and beautiful, and to use the knowledge, creativity, and talents that he has given me to bless my husband and children.
God usually uses the Godly people in our lives to help encourage us in our walk with Him. I have been blessed to find Godly counsel right here in my own home. First and foremost, my husband is more than happy to help me find direction and steer me clear of things that would distract me from God's priorities for me. Just yesterday he helped me out of an overwhelming task that I had taken on without first consulting neither the Lord nor him.
Secondly, God has led me to some very inspiring bloggers who have been springboards for positive changes. You will see some of them listed on my sidebar under "Blogs That Inspire Me to Greatness".
Mrs. Jennie Chancey of Sense and Sensibility Patterns gave me the idea to honor my marriage by using my married "title", Mrs. Sarah Coller. Another thing I did to honor my husband's name was to buy napkins monogrammed with a letter C at Christmas time.
This morning, I read a post by Darlene of Time-Warp Wife on boosting self-discipline. One really great tip that I implemented today with great success, was to put a notepad and pen in my apron pocket for writing down notes throughout the day. It really helped me not to stress out this morning as I came across things I keep forgetting to do---I just wrote them down and put them out of my mind! My husband said this would serve to help me not get distracted as well. I can continue with the task I'm on and just make a note to do the "distraction" later.
A third blog is my most favorite blog of all, The Legacy of Home. I value that blog so much that I've made it my homepage! Just about every morning, I wake up to Mrs. White's encouraging wisdom regarding running the kind of home that I desire and being the wife and mother that I want to be. I've taken a couple of her ideas for making my kitchen a place that I desire to work in. I recently rearranged my counters to make room for a pretty little lamp that I turn on in the evenings while I'm doing my kitchen work. I also asked my husband for, (and received!) a kitchen stereo for Christmas. Now I can listen to uplifting or soothing music while going about my kitchen responsibilities. It's getting to be a really relaxing place to be! Next, I'm going to make pretty tags for my canisters from the Victorian paper that Jamie got me for Christmas. Then I want to paint the antique dresser that I've got in there that is holding my aprons and other kitchen supplies. I even saw a blog recently where a girl had tole painted her microwave! Hmmm.....maybe!
A final change that is blessing our family is the changes we're making to our diet. My friend, Krystal from A Blessed Journey has been posting about some of the nutritious things she's been making her family and it's inspired us to get healthily creative in the kitchen too!
I hope you'll take the time to check out some of these blogs that I've mentioned here. Maybe you'll be inspired too!
I'm praying God's blessings on you and your family today!