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Do you ever have those days when you are so overwhelmed with things to do and it all needs to get done NOW and the kids are fighting, and you’ve got to get dinner started, and your friend called to invite you to her latest home party, and your husband wants you to run out and pick up some materials for a project he’s going to work on this weekend, and oh, while you are out you might as well grab some groceries and get the literature book you put on hold at the library….
Does reading that sentence feel like your brain after a Starbucks Vente Cinnamon Dolce Latte?
I am having one of those days! I have a newsletter to write, a message to prepare for Sunday, my computer broke and all the files need to be restored to a new system, I need to follow up on some broken links in my website and fix them, we need to get my son signed up for college, there are cards to be bought and mailed for birthdays, anniversaries and school graduation all coming up this week, I have two appointments scheduled and a letter of recommendation to write for a young friend trying to get his first job. And that’s just today’s list.
Surely you relate to my pain, right?
My brain is completely overloaded. As I prayed over my 2 page to-do list I told God “look, I can’t do all of this. There is no way. You did not give all this to me. Your way is not overloaded, stressed out and frenetic. Yours is the way of peace, of gratitude, of calm assurance. Lord show me what you would have me do and I’ll trust all the rest to you.”
At that moment He reminded me of the review I promised to write about an online magazine. I opened the magazine and immediately sensed a refreshing calm as the images and words reminded me of a simpler, more joy-filled lifestyle.
A Place of Rest
The Joyous Home Journal set has 4 seasonally focused editions with activities, recipes, learning ideas, thought-provoking scriptures, words of wisdom, and school resources.
Within those 4 editions there are detailed project plans for everything from an out-door swing set, to adorable tea towels even your young ones can make as gifts for Grandma. The projects include beautifully done pictures and step by step instructions that give you the kinds of in-depth details so even a novice DIY’er could complete the project successfully.
There were dozens of recipes in each issue I looked over. Each with pictures of scrumptious looking treats from Apple and Cherry Turnovers to pages of lunch ideas sure to please even the pickiest eater in your family, and all with complete recipes. The amount of recipes alone makes the Joyous Home Journal well worth the cost. There was even a section full of ideas for putting on your own tea party with adorable dresses for the girls, dainty cookies, sweet drinks, and ribbons for their hair. Almost makes me wish for grandchildren so we could put on a tea party. (I said almost…)
Just reading through the journal reminded me I need to get back in touch with a simple, meaningful, Christ-centered lifestyle in my family. We all have a lot to do and some things can’t be avoided or put off. They need to be done. But Joyous Home Journal helps us remember to keep our heart attitude Christ-focused so we can find rest in who we are in Him, not in how much we can or cannot do in a day.
Please share in the comments – What is your favorite way to bring your heart and your focus back to a Christ-centered home?