As I prayed for direction this past month and while reading the Proverbs, so many verses about planning our lives, self-control, discipline and being lazy all jumped out at me. Here are just some:
"To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction." Pro 12:1
And regarding planning.... Here are three I jotted in my journal.
"Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city." Pro 16:32
"A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things." Pro 18:9
"A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest - then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit." Pro 24:34
"A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls." Pro 25:28
As shared in that post yesterday, being disciplined was my biggest challenge and I knew I couldn't continue on my own as I was. This was a powerful reveal for me. Humbling but motivating!
Sending my kids to public school doesn't mean I get to run back into my house, kick of my shoes, grab a martini and read all day. This Proverb sums it up well:
I need to continue to be INVOLVED in my children's lives. I need to know their teachers and be in the classroom. I want to be available to them at the end of the day. I need to listen to them and continue to guide them through this new territory. I know my life will be busier but I don't want to get lazy. I don't want to raise a family with "broken-down walls". I know many changes are coming but I need to trust God and continue to study His word for encouragement and strength as I continue to raise my children with a little more accountability.
"Know the state of your flocks"....
Brings a whole new meaning to Mary had a little lamb, huh?