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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Takin' Care of Mama
In addition to taking care of the Young Ones ...
In addition to spending time with the Big Kids ...
In addition to Lovin' on Papa ...
(when he is home 3 days/week)
Mama has been very focused on ...
Takin' Care of Mama.
This is an area that I haven't been very good at over the years.
Yes ... once a year or so I take a few days off by myself.
But, I really haven't done very well at taking care
of Mama on a daily basis.
The always urgent needs of the family,
have always taken precedent over
the long term needs of Mama.
When taking care of the daily food
needs of an extra large family ...
Mama hasn't had the time, energy
or grocery budget to eat how
Mama needs to eat.
With life so FULL of taking care of
the needs of my dozen children,
Mama hasn't been able to
leave the house to exercise.
With taking care of the spiritual needs
of an extra large family,
Mama has never taken time to
read through the Bible for
her own personal study.
(Obviously, I read the Bible, and do Bible
Studies, but have always wanted to
read straight through the Bible.)
So, what has Mama been up to?
Mama has been very focused on
reading food labels,
and eating what Mama needs to eat.
Mama quit eating breakfast 35 years ago,
but Mama is eating breakfast every morning now.
With Papa gone so much of the time,
and with some very challenging
behavior issues going on,
Mama can't get out of the house to exercise.
So, Mama bought a treadmill;
and Mama is walking at least 20 minutes per day,
at least 6 days per week.
In addition to doing Mama's weekly
Bible Study Fellowship lesson
(which is a very in-depth
study of Isaiah this year) ...
In addition to helping all of the Young Ones with
their weekly Bible Study Fellowship lessons ...
Mama is also Reading Thru The Bible in 90 days.
Yes ... 90 days.
Mama is planning to finish reading through
the Bible before Christmas.
Mama is getting serious ...
Takin' Care of Mama.
I started reading food labels,
and writing down everything that I eat,
on August 9th.
I started my daily walking program
on September 18th.
I started Reading Thru The Bible
on September 21st.
And ... I have consistently done
each and every one of these things,
on an almost daily basis.
I purposely didn't mention any of these goals
when I began my "Makin' A New Mama" plan,
because I didn't want to get all excited about it ...
But, I am now very excited to say that the Lord
is helping me to be focused and consistent
in these most difficult areas for Mama.
It's not easy.
And it's not always fun.
But I KNOW that the Lord desires for me to be healthy ...
physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
Please let me know what you are doing to
Take Care of Mama ...
or what you know you should be doing ...
or what your biggest area of struggle is ...
Let's encourage one another to be
ALL that the Lord desires us to be.
Now that I have taken too long to write this post,
my heart is pulled (as it is most days) between ...
should I go start our Homeschooling Day?
can I make time to exercise first?
Treadmill ... here I come.