Thursday, June 30, 2011
Straying from the Path
"It’s true, habit training is hard work. And we parents may want
to sit back and reason that we don’t have the energy or the time to
work on this thing called habits, so we’ll just let it go for now and
if we get around to it in the future, we’ll add a few habits to our
children’s lives then.
But the truth is that habit is inevitable. The question is not
Will our children form habits? The children are forming habits
right now—as you read this page. The question is Which habits
are they forming?" --Charlotte Mason
Since my Hubby started his new job a month ago, I have let us stray from our "normal" routines, using that very excuse in the above quote that I don't have energy or time...so I will just let it go for now...we will get back to work when things settle down. In this process my Kiddos and I have formed some bad habits.
We have all become sluggish in our chores; there is fighting, tattleling, complaining. My kiddos have been not getting settled in their beds more than and hour later than usual, because I don't follow through the routine. I haven't been taking them out of the house for activities, just because I feel like it is so much work! I am officially grounded...these are not the behaviors that I want to become our Habits!
I recently posted about going ahead with our lessons because of talk of boredom. I have tried to start doing this...but not with the conviction and energy I should. I think that I came at it half heartedly. I have a really great plan for our lessons all laid out. All we have to do is implement them and get back into the Habit.
In studying my scriptures and through prayer I have come to realize a weakness of mine-I have a hard time staying steadfast in all that I do. I was reminded of this by reading Hebrews 3:14 "For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end...." I need to work on holding to that confidence I had in the beginning. While we were planning for this season of change I was confident that it would run smoothly; that I would be able to handle it. Somewhere in the last couple of weeks I let things slip, and now we seem to be sliding. But it's okay because I have caught it and we are now going to trudge back up the hill. Fortunately I have been here before and know how to get back up on top, unfortunately I also know it may not be easy.
However, I am blessed to have good Kiddos, that like to please me and I know that God will help me if I keep my eyes on Him and not only our earthly but eternal goals.
How do you stay steadfast and hold to your confidence until the end?
Happy Day! (or at least it will be soon!)