I read the chapter titled “Mother Culture” from this great book. (Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola). The idea is as a mom, although I may be extremely busy, I must take time to edify and encourage myself. Of course, this must start with the Lord. Time with Him, to hear His heart; know His presence; be refreshed by His Spirit and Word; receive direction, encouragement and yes, discipline too. In addition though, time to pursue those things that are of interest to me. Reading – continuing to learn and grow myself. Being outdoors – enjoying God’s creation for my self. Whatever else…
When I do, I am refreshed and am able to refresh others. My husband, my children. Without it, I can become a mean old ogre!
I was recently extremely convicted upon reading an article entitled “The Me Time Myth”. (haven’t figured out how to link to it yet) http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Raisingarrows/432782/
Balance….most definately need balance. I want to be ready to greet my children with a loving embrace, a warm smile and an encouraging word. Lord help me find my strength and joy in Your Presence!