Saturday, August 25, 2012


This morning the pain level in my back has escalated with uncontrollable tears... The realization that I have to let people down was overwhelming; I am due to facilitate the low ropes at camp this afternoon but just will not be able to do it in the rain.. I cry out and ask God to show me how to be content in the pain, to show me mercy!!

'Where does your help come from" again comes to my mind as this verse came to mind earlier this week.. My help comes from the Lord! I open my bible to Mark 4:35-41

Jesus Calms the Storm
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

**The Storms in our lives

The storm in this story comes from nowhere. Jesus recognises the source of it and deals with it. I think that the storms in our lives come from one of four sources:
  1. Satanic attack
  2. Other people
  3. Ourselves
  4. Things just happen that way 
 Jesus will stand with us in the storms in our lives. If the source of our problems is ourselves we may well think that we don't deserve Jesus' help. And we'd be right. But that's the beauty and mystery of Grace: we don't deserve His help, but we get it anyway.

 If the source of our storms is Satanic, then we must engage in spiritual warfare (which is a sermon in itself, really). Scripture tells us that if we resist the devil, then he will flee from us [James 4:7] If the source is other people then, as people called to live in relationship with others, we have to deal with the problem: with love, with tact, with prayer and with all the Grace of God at our disposal. If the problem's source is ourselves then we must not forget that we are not alone: Jesus stands with us (whether we feel we deserve it or not) and our brothers and sisters in Christ stand with us (for they are called to live in relationship with us as much as we are called to live in relationship with them). If the problem's source is "it's just one of those things", then we need to tackle it by accepting and not go around blaming ourselves, others, or even Satan  But what if the storms don't subside? What if calm doesn't appear? Jesus promises to be with us [Matt 28:20] and He will keep that promise, no matter how long the storms may last.    
Mark 5:34  "Daughter , your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering"
**Mark 5:34 Speaks of a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. She had seen many doctors but none were able to make her well. And while she spent all her money seeking a cure, her condition only grew worse.  Then she heard about Jesus and believed that if she could get to him she would be healed.  What a testimony to her PERSISTENCE!
Imagine the scene; "A large crowd followed and pressed around him" (Mark 5:24) Some were blind, some deaf, some were mothers carrying children.  And no doubt the day was hot and the road dusty.  But this particular women DETERMINED that in spite of the crowd she was going to touch Jesus and be healed.. And she was!!
Jesus responded to faith's touch by asking, "Who touched my clothes?" The woman fell at his feet and told him her problem.  How characteristic of the Master to respond in a comforting voice.
Jesus is just as interested in your need as he was in the woman's need many years ago. Whatever YOUR situation, whatever YOUR problem, He stands ready to help you.
(**Devotion from my bible)
WOW!!! I want to be known for my determination and persistence NOT my LACK OF FAITH!!! 
    Mark 5:36 "Don't be afraid; just believe"  


Thursday, August 23, 2012

"3 Minutes for 3 Weeks" Challenge!!!

        Last night I couldn't sleep. I was laying in bed; my body was tired, my eyes was tired but my mind would NOT shut off!! This is not uncommon for me, which explains why I am so tired in the mornings.  I have been wanting to adjust my sleeping patterns so that I can enjoy (yes I said enjoy) the mornings with my husband.  He gets up in the mornings.  I love it when I get up so we can drink coffee and do bible study together. So I THOUGHT... I thought of anything and everything, as my mind as a tendency to wonder even in the day time!! (smile)
As I was laying there I thought of A song of ascents in the book of Psalm

Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
 3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

 5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

 7 The Lord will keep you from all harm
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. 
Particularly verse 3 "He who watches over you will not slumber"  So I prayed that I could rest in the presence of God and allow him to take my thoughts, worries & anxieties to give me a peaceful night of sleep.. I started to pray for friends, family, my husband and myself.  I couldn't help but think of yet another thought.  I started wondering why I felt I didn't have enough time in the day to accomplish the things that I set out to do. The thought crossed my mind about idols and how anything that we spend a lot of time on could be an idol
Ex 20:3-4 (NIV) "You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below."

It May Be an Idol if . . .
Sandy Quandt

God made it perfectly clear how he feels about anything we place before him in our lives.
When he gave Moses the first commandment on Mount Sinai (Exodus 20), God said nothing was to be placed before him. Nothing. Yet even while God was telling Moses, "You shall have no other gods before me," the Israelites were busy in the camp crafting an idol made of gold. The following day, the Israelites offered sacrifices to their newly made golden calf. They exalted the idol as the god who brought them out of Egypt (Exodus 32).
How we spend our time and resources are good indicators of who, or what, we worship. An idol is described as any person or thing that dominates our life. It is anything we place before God. Anything we worship. An image.
You may be worshipping an idol if . . .
you spend more time trying to improve your golf game than you spend trying to improve your spiritual life.
You may be worshipping an idol if . . .
you’re more concerned about your outward appearance than your inner person.
You may be worshipping an idol if . . .
you spend more time on the computer connecting with "Friends" than you spend in God’s Word connecting with your one true friend.

A statue. A person. Idols in today’s world may be less obvious to spot than a golden calf.

What Their Fingers Have Made
The land was full of idols when Isaiah prophesied. The people bowed down to objects they made with their own hands. They worshipped objects made of wood and other materials. In doing so, they did not consider the Creator of those materials as someone worthy to be praised.
When a craftsman cut down a tree to get wood to make his idol, he gave no thought to the one who created the tree in the first place. He fashioned a god out of wood and worshipped, warmed himself, and cooked his supper all from the same piece of wood. Never once did he stop to think, "Shall I bow down to a block of wood?" (Isaiah 44:9-20).
Silly, we might think. But are we guilty of doing the same thing? What about that new car? The new boat? The job promotion at the expense of time spent with family? What about the pride we display when showcasing our talent while neglecting to honor God through our talent? Have we allowed any habit, hobby, person, or preoccupation to be placed next to, or even above, God? Are we looking to something or someone other than God to give our lives meaning? Significance? Self-worth? Our worth is not found in the temporal things of this world. Our worth is found in the fact that we are children of the King.
Idols do not satisfy. Only God can satisfy. Idols create a desire within us to want a bigger, better model. God gives joy and peace to those who desire him. Idols disappoint and let us down. God never disappoints.

Idol, or Not?
Could you be unaware of the idols in your life? Are there idols you’re unwilling to name, for fear you might need to change or give them up? As God points out, all idols are worthless. They are less than nothing. They cannot help us in fearful or difficult situations. Idols cannot give eternal salvation. They cannot forgive sins. Only God can.
When we are tempted to place anyone or anything on a pedestal and worship it, when we are tempted to spend our time on something that steals our time away from God, when our acts of worship teeter on being idolatrous, perhaps we need to go back and read Isaiah 40.

 So the question is.... What occupies your time?  For me, I would have to say FACEBOOK!!
I thought about how much time I am occupied in the facebook world wondering what is going on in the lives of others.  I justify it by saying "I am concerned for others" Which leads me to my next question.... Do we even know each others email addresses? Better yet our house addresses?  I started taking back steps to what "once was" When people emailed each other, or better yet sent snail mail to each other..AND EVEN better yet, remember when we didn't need to know someones address because we knew where they lived and you just SHOWED up to VISIT?????? You didn't have to get on some computer screen to wonder about someones life because you could sit on the porch, rocking in the chair, drinking the coffee and asking personally the questions that would get to the root of each others matters.. I know this was so long ago, but I want a piece of this history... MY door is ALWAYS open for anyone who needs some time out of their busy schedules for a cup of coffee.. I may not have a rocking chair but I do have a small porch and I have an imagination to PRETEND we have a rocking chair.... (laugh)
Back to me laying in bed last night (see, I told you!!) My final thought was this....
Could I go without FACEBOOK for a while???  As I thought about that I started to feel a wave of emotions..
Panic... How will I know what's going on?
Worry..... Will others stay connected with me?
Shame.... As I teeter on idolatry?
Repentance..... For placing "something" on a pedestal
Excitement...... To overcome a challenge
The CHALLENGE.... For the next THREE WEEKS I will CHALLENGE myself to a limitation of only THREE MINUTES a DAY on FACEBOOK!!!!
Why? I feel facebook is extremely useful; but there needs to be a balance. For me, I feel I have spent more time then I would like to mention on something that is not useful or productive after gathering information, staying connected with photos, encouraging one other or offering inspiration to one another... I feel sometimes I utilize facebook more than I should for the wrong motives and reasons.. I will take the extra time to dive into God's word, to develop friendships, spend quality time with my family, BLOG,  and to remember to use the EMAIL..... So please send me your email addresses and don't forget to email me... ( I still want to feel connected) And remember My door is ALWAYS open for a cup of coffee......

*Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day. By Tim Kreider


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Living as an example!!

                                                                   John 16:33
            ~In this world you will have trouble but take heart! I have overcome the world~

Yesterday's sermon was entitled "Growing through it!"

When problems come  3 things can happened
* We Leave God
*We Go through Denial
*We Grow through the problem

God does not want us to leave him (as he will NEVER leave or forsake us) nor deny what we are going through. He wants us to grow through it and the ways we can are by

1)Growing in knowledge of God's sovereignty
     a) We are called to Trust God
     b) His ways are HIS
     c) The things that go on in our lives are used for HIS purpose
2) Grow in God's Son
3) Grow in God's Grace
4) Grow in God's glory
5) Grow in God's Word

So TODAY I woke up with excruciating pain in my back... I have felt the pain coming on for about two weeks now.. I had an injection back in April and it truly did get me through the summer. 
I was checking my voice mail and their was a message from the Nebraska Spine Center.  I anticipated calling them anyways to see if the doctor would order another injection.  The message indicated that their was some insurance mix up; that the receptionist would be happy to help file the right claim. I was confused considering we only have one insurance now.  I called back and to my dismay the second insurance wanted the first insurance to pay first so they were requesting their money back. I did not realize that we still had benefits with our first insurance and that they should be the primary and my second insurance the secondary.  SO I need to call all my providers that I have seen this past year, explain the mix up so that they can send all the payments back, resubmit the claim and have the proper insurance billed!!! WHAT.... says the person who absolutely hates doing this kind of stuff!!!! (ME) In the meanwhile, I called back the spine center to see what could be done, while waiting for the insurance confusion.. They will not be able to give me a second injection until the first one has been paid.  Desperate I ask how much the injections were....... 905.00!!!! OUCH, I will be waiting...
So time to practice what I just heard yesterday during the sermon... Filled with anxieties and worry I opened my bible to JOB 5:6-9

~For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground. Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward. But if it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay cause before him.  He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted...~

I am amazed at God's provision and how he answers our prayers... We had prayed for my back to sustain through the summer; and that it did!! I am not sure of the reason why I must suffer this pain, but God does.... as hard as it is for me I desperately want to be an example for HIM!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

My house is Your house!!!!

              "Nuestro casa esta su casa"

My house was mixed with chaos and love yesterday as it was filled with many different activities...

It started out being a day that I had set aside to finish organizing and planning my home school year. I ended up sleeping in and missing my appointment that I had set to consult with the community college for Kirk. Once I had gotten ahold of them and rescheduled, I was determined to get some things accomplished. I was filling in my lesson plans, researching, and implementing some extra hands on activities, planning our field trips, looking up ideas for electives for our high school and middle school co-op (of which I have GREAT IDEAS NOW...)   I began to download the S.O.S curriculum that Kirk will be using for two of his subjects.  Because I am computer illiterate, I was having a great deal of difficulty. A friend of mine came over to help address an "computer issue" for me.. As we waited for my computer to start working, we were able to get a wonderful conversation in. Needless to say three hours later, I had achieved the download process, set up his plans, created our school year calender and did a few other administration things and was on my way.
Next, my son decided he wanted to go to the "Y" with some of his friends.  So I played taxi service to meet his needs and his friends. I was very happy to do this as the summer had different priorities; I was not able to do so on various different occasions (anytime I am in the car, it give me a chance to listen to worship music.. Oh yeah)
After many distractions, I was on my way to accomplish what I set out to do..and I continued.  For all who know me though, that is not an easy task for me.. Once I have lost focus it takes me awhile to get back on track. Which would explain why I have a cart full on and still have not finished my order.
Once Owen returned from the YMCA the kids felt as if they needed to have some friends over... Which is completely fine with me, after all I had a task to finish. But once my friend came over to drop the kids off, I realized how much I myself wanted to talk and talking was way more important then doing paper work.... right?
Then, a different friend dropped off books that I needed for Lyvvie's reading comprehension, that I had previously scheduled. She and her three girls added to the mix and
Five girls, and Three Mommas felt it was more important to dance, do cartwheels, trust fall, bottom box, (you would have to be here) laugh, carry-on and have a great time till well past 10:00!!
Yesterday was a perfect example of what God is calling me to do!! I am so grateful for the the gift of hospitality and love every minute of it! I am truly blessed when I get to exercise this gift. I pray my home is always welcoming; a home filled with laughter, peace, comfort & Yes even chaos.. Because in the chaos comes something better then I could even plan, prepare or organize...... It may of been a day that was going to go one way... BUT, went a way that God had intended for it to go, and there is no better way!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


      So last year was my first year that we home schooled.  I had such an array of emotions, but mostly afraid.  I was afraid of failing, or letting my kids down.  I was afraid of " not succeeding" for fear that we wouldn't live up to the standards that have been set forth in such a "worldly" environment. 
We live in society that views education almost as an idol.. It wouldn't be so bad, however most people want to know what degree you have as if the better degree you have would qualify you to contribute to society... AS IF!!
Nonetheless we get caught up in the waves of judging as if we would drown in the sea of success if we did not compare ourselves with the majority of others..

Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

     Back in April I went to a home school convention.  I thought for sure after having the experience of one year under my belt I would have peace about picking the curriculum that I would choose for the children.  After hours upon hours of workshops and listening to others as they spoke passionately about their choices I began to wonder why I didn't have such peace.  After all, I am passionate about my decision... after much consideration and deliverance!!  I began to panic; I had assumed that by going to such convention I would walk away being prepared, organized and ready to conquer another year of school.  As the day went on I became overwhelmed, I no longer could soak up any more information and I began to wonder what I was really doing.  At the moment I ran into a lady (who knew this would be the beginning of an hour long conversation?  Or a divine appointment from the Lord.  You see God had used this lady to be his mouth. I had accepted the call, and thought I would be willing to obey God in his decision for these children.. I just couldn't let go all of the control.  My eyes were blinded to that.  Even though I claimed God was in the center of our homeschooling, there was still a sensitive topic to be addressed. 
ASSURANCE- assurance of knowing that God had control of the situation and I needed the faith and trust to let go and let him be in charge.  I guess I figured if I was going to home school then the very least I can do is choose curriculum that others had heard about so it would be one less thing I felt I had to defend. Or choose one that worked wonderfully for families who had been home schooling for years as that was tried and true. The funny thing is, is that I had spent a lot of time, and energy researching and implementing my own things, because in my heart I knew what we were doing did not match the learning styles of each of my children.  We spent many hours "trying" to catch up, and frankly wasted a lot of time working in vein because of it.  What I was doing is asking God to be in charge of the situation but not fully relinquishing my part of it so that he could work in us and through us. I also believe that it is our jobs to instill in our children godly character.  I began with that standard but at some point lost it when I was playing "catchup" There were many days we would get through our BIBLE, as if going through the motions, to say we had accomplished it. After all, I had math, science, history, reading, spelling, english and health to teach!!
Back to the lady I spoke of... So our conversation started, again I was completely overwhelmed. My question to her was.. Of the two most popular Math curriculum's which one did she favor? (after all I thought I needed her opinion, at the time) Her response puzzled me, as she choose neither.. After an hour of talking with her, I could feel my confidence coming back. The lady, the veteran of homeschooling, had such wisdom that I was completely blessed to have been given the information.    She took the time to answer all my questions, relieving some of my stress.. And the best thing about the afternoon had yet to come.  Little did I know, I would find myself in a corner ruffling through some books on a bookshelf to find a book that would give insight as to how our family needed to "do school"  It was a book that had time-earned secrets of fifty veteran homeschooling families. I opened it up to this saying...
"The confidence I have is not in myself, nor in books. it  is assurance in the Lord and His direction.  The pleasant results others observe in my children are fruits of their relationship to Christ. These things I learned the hard way after misplacing my reliance onto methods and curriculum, rather than on the light of God's Word......... Be still and know that I am God.. another psalm came to mind..... Show me your ways, O Lord; teach me your path.  Guide me in your truth and teach me. My hope is in you all day long..... My heart was pierced as he revealed to me the futility of my human efforts  I had  been maneuvering Him carefully into my plans.  I had been hurrying along on my time table, not waiting for His leading. How could I have received counsel from the Lord under those limitations?"

This was written by a lady named Camilla Leedahl and these were EXACTLY my words of my heart and what I WAS going through!!! (I want to meet her...)

Another passage I read... (I could not put the book down) by Steve and Jane Claire Lambert
"As we began the homeschooling experience, we were so easily overwhelmed by the pressure to produce academic achievement that we often lose perspective, focusing on the daily ups and downs instead of enjoying the journey.......The criticism of our culture and the concern of well-intentioned friends and family only fed the flames of our own anxieties"

  WHAT!! Immediately I prayed and asked God to reveal to me the path that he had predestined for me in regards to homeschooling, and for spiritual discernment and wisdom!! I left the convention with a different outlook on what I had believed I was to do for my children in this upcoming year....

 Lessons I had learned that day were the following:

1) Do not compare my children with other children, or my family with other families
 "Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else" (Galatians 6:4)
2) It is not my wisdom that I must rely on but God's wisdom, direction and guidance
"Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths" (Psalm 25:4)

3) Calm down!!
 "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10)

4) Trust in the LORD!!
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6)

                                                      ****So I am changing it UP****
                            Confessions of a "soon to be second year" home school MOM....

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Life is a Rollar Coaster!!

LIFE is like a roller coaster; it has its twists, turns, ups and downs.  The ride is like an unknown adventure until we experience it.  Once we experience it we want the thrill of being challenged knowing it  may cause a wave of emotions. If we get on a ride but hate every minute of it we claim we will never go through that again; circumstances may change our minds given the situation.
We can't take out any part of the ride as it was designed that way. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Love being a HSSAHM!!

As we are preparing for another year of homeschooling, I have taken the liberty to do some research. For some reason this second year has me thinking of the way I did things last year, and how I can change and do things better.

I am reading a couple of books, and would love to share with you some of the things that I have chosen to believe for me and my children and family!!

Accomplishing what is important in homeschooling, child-raising, housekeeping, ministry, & marriage means overcoming obstacles.  God is just waiting to be asked to intervene with His miraculous abilities and new ideas. Plan to spend time alone with God each day to nourish your soul and soothe your spirit.  Then, with your husband, pray for God's protection and guidance to set each days course aloft with His direction and blessing. My husband is my umbrella of protection, and as long as I stay under his authority, I will not get "soaked": overburdened once again by the tyranny of the urgent! I want my husbands' heart to safely trust in me (Prov. 31:11)

While I was reading "100 Top Picks" I learned the diversity in learning styles of each of the children. When I first was called into homeschooling I had such anxiety over making sure I was providing the "right education" for the kids.  I stuck to workbooks and strict schedules not taking into consideration of the individuality of each of my children.  I have grown in understanding of the ways in which each of my children learns and as we allow their natural interests to guide us. Opportunities abound, and the homeschooling lifestyle just seems to be cut out for the spontaneity.  Be flexible. Rigid schedules can spoil some of the best chances to live in the abundance homeschooling has to offer. God is faithful to set up unique learning opportunities.

Simplify life-Don't let outside responsibilities gradually crowd your life causing you to resort to dull, lifeless work which strangles the very heart of homeschooling; which is the freedom to enjoy the development of your own families unique learning styles. Make sure you have adequate time to provide time for mothering, teaching, and creativity

Match your strengths and weaknesses

God promises his blessings

Don't become a slave to all those workbooks

Don't sacrifice character or relationships for what we think education needs to be

Again, as I begin to prepare for another year of homeschooling; rest assured I will have fears, doubts and anxiety; however I have peace knowing I am ready to stop comparing my family and children with other families and they "curriculum" they choose.  I have the confidence to know that we are stepping out and doing some things a little different this year, but I am so excited to see how this year will unfold!!!

                                               WE LEARN NOT FOR SCHOOL,
                                                            BUT FOR LIFE.

                        LOVE BEING A HOME SCHOOL, STAY AT HOME MOM!!!!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

"The shack"

Okay so the last few days exhaustion has settled in... I sent out a prayer request to keep our family in your prayers.  While being exhausted, stress levels run high, love is not showed as easy; let's face it there is nothing left to give.
As I was talking with a dear friend she simply reminded me that even Jesus himself, retreated to REST and PRAY!

*And early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a lonely place, and was praying there. ( Mark 1:35)
*And immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the multitude away. And after bidding them farewell, he departed to the mountain to pray. ( Mark 6:45-46)
*And they came to a place called Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, "Sit here until I have prayed." And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be very distressed and troubled. And He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch." And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground, and began praying. ( Mark 14:32-34)
*And when day came, He departed to a lonely place; and the multitudes were searching for Him, and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from going away from them. ( Luke 4:42)
*But He Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. ( Luke 5:16)
*And it was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. ( Luke 6:12)

So I started to think about this..
 am I exhausted because I am not taken the time to have a close communion with God?
Or am I not resting as Jesus calls us to do?

IN my thoughts I started thinking about how "The shack" has become a "quite place" for me. I have often times retreated in there to read the bible or pray.. It has a different meaning to me other than a place to sell snacks... God has revealed over the course of the summer some things I never thought I struggled with and also revealed things to me that I am still struggling with.  The devotion book MY ROCK has been a tool to help provide godly wisdom as it has directed me to some wonderful scriptures.  Actually Psalm 111:10 states"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom"

James 3:17 "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy"

James 1:5 "If any lack wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to him"

I have loved my time in "the shack" it truly has brought peace and relaxation, however not the rest I need, the rest I am struggling and fighting for...
I believe the answer to my question comes with the rest I need. I have such a hard time with that.  I need to "be busy" to feel successful.   Satan uses busyness to distract us from what is important-our priorities.  It is our  passion it to teach others what is important in the order God expects it... I guess I figured we wouldn't be challenged by what I thought we have learned...  I am thankful that God gently reminds us when we start to "forget"

#1) GOD
#2) Your SPOUSE
#4) Your household
#5) (remaining time) extended family, personal time, evangelism, and discipleship, work etc..etc.

In THIS ORDER!!!  God has brought me a long way, obviously I still mess up but Phil 1:6 states "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus"

When we begin to feel stressed, tired or weary we need to look out our priorities and make sure that we have them in the right order............................