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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Burned Out and Used Up

I have mentioned before that I have suffered through a time of burn out this year. I felt that I was constantly doing things that were going to be undone within one hour of completion and that most of what I was doing really didn't matter anyway! My time with other moms had been greatly reduced last year, so I was missing that time of encouragement that we so often get when sharing with other moms on a regular basis. Jeff's work schedule has been crazy which meant there was less time for him to be available to take over things on the home front so that I could re-charge. I was also greatly discouraged because I was watching a co-op group that I had worked to build up over the last 8 years or so just fall apart and I could do nothing to help as I wasn't participating in the group this year. I felt burned out and used up, was not having any fellowship and really needed to be encouraged and reminded of the vision that God had given us for our family. I have had my time of refreshing and reminding and hope that I never go through a time like that again. There are still some things that are out of my control but overall I am excited to get started with our 22nd year of homeschooling and seeing how the Lord will shape us this year.
A sweet friend posted this video on her blog this morning with the thought of sharing it with Meagan. I don't know Meagan's story or what she is going through, but this ministered to me, so thanks for posting it Christy! I thought I would share it here with all of you and hope that as you do all those little (and big) chores around your home, deal with fussing children, teaching, training, discipling, cooking, washing, and cleaning day in and day out...that you would be encouraged and consider that God is with you and He will be your encourager.





2 comments:

Louisiana Laura said...

Anita, thanks for posting this. I love Steven Curtis Chapman, but that's really besides the point. I have had one of those months, where I am walking in quick sand, feeling as tho 'everything I've just done, will be undone' shortly, dismissed, and thanklessly forgotten. I like organization, but organizing doesn't take to 2/3ish kids. 5/6ish need it, so do mom's(me), but I'm swimming upstream and appreciate your posting this. I am inspired when I read about your efforts, with your many years of teaching your own family, and your efforts to be an encouragment to those around you to serve our Lord. Thanks for sharing a moment that encouraged me to 'recharge' and re-engage. Blessings to you in this new school year approaching, and as you see things on the horizon. May health & prosperity be yours to have to grow in Him.

Too Many Kids In The Bathtub said...

I love this song!!! WOW...22 years of homeschooling...what an inspiration!!!! I am about to begin my 3rd year!

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