Large families are a lot of fun--there's always someone to play with, tons of adventure and never a dull moment.
But the realities of large families is that it can be hard work, messy, and sometimes overwhelming.
It definitely helps to set goals for our day and schedule in what needed to be done.
But I have to tell you that while scheduling and planning goals are definitely helpful, I want to share with you my true secret weapon.
Flexibility was hard for me as a young mom. I wanted to do things a certain way, run the house efficiently, do things on time...but those things sometimes can prove to be a snare. We can even sometimes want those things so bad that we are disgruntled or sin when things don't go our way.
Here is a good example: It is Dad's day off from work and you have a full schedule. There's homeschool, housework, errands to be run. But the kids have been wrestling with dad all morning and he suddenly decides to plan a family outing instead. You see your whole day flash before your eyes and your schedule down the drain.
Are you flexible?
Flexible enough to even discern what is best instead of what is good? (Going out to spend quality time with Dad is important, schedule can wait.)
Once you learn to master the art of flexibility it gives way to freedom. You are no longer a slave to what you think should be done. It's a blessing to learn this early on and not set yourself too rigidly in always having to live out your "schedule".
Real life is spontaneous and we need to be ready for it.
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