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Sunday, October 16, 2011

It’s too Simple…

     Today, after “church” was over, my husband and I and a close friend were given an opportunity to minister to a young mother.  She showed up after everyone had left and was looking for someone that would pray with her.  She had given her life to Christ a few months ago and more than anything she needed peace.  As we prayed with her you could tell she still had no peace… she was still in need.   So I felt led to ask her :

Are you able to enjoy the presents under the Christmas tree before you unwrap them?  

     And of course she said no.  We went on to explain that God gave her so many gifts thru the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ but that she needs to take possession of them.  I placed my open palm out in front of her and told her that her peace was sitting in my hand and she could take it… but she didn’t.  So then I told her that all she had to do was reach out and take it out of my hand and it was hers.  She then reached out and took it and a smile just began to dance across her face.  We then instructed her to unwrap it and make it hers…. and she did.  Her smile was amazing as she said “You make it sound so simple.”  The truth is, it really is that simple.  This is something that each of us need to realize.  We can’t take possession of the gifts God gave us until we

Friday, October 7, 2011

Expecting to Recover

     Burnout is a term most everyone knows but do you know enough about it to recognize its symptoms?  Where you once had wonder and excitement you now have apathy and exhaustion. (which can be not only emotional but also mental and physical) Where you once had involvement and "efficiency" you now have a lack of involvement, depression and inefficiency.  Satisfaction and hope are replaced with cynicism and disillusionment.

Burnout is caused by a person's inability 
to deal with prolonged and excessive stress.  

     Stress causes each of us our own different and varying issues but burnout brings with it a growing sense of unhappiness and being totally overwhelmed.  At some point in our lives we will either come to the place where we recognize that we are somewhere along this road towards burn-out or that someone we care about is.  This subject is near and dear to my heart because earlier this year I finally had to come to the point where I realized that burnout is what I'm dealing with.  Now before you go thinking this is going to be a depressing post let me straighten this out - it isn't...I want to give help in coming back from burn-out.  

     I'm dealing with Homeschool burnout.  I know that I need to continue and that homeschooling is the best thing for my kids but the prolonged stress of being fully responsible to make sure they get a good education has worn on me. I don't look forward to getting up and homeschooling right now but I do it anyway because I need to.  At times I've had the support available to me that I needed but the majority of the time I've carried the load alone.  If you're a homeschooler and you've homeschooled for a while then you know the stresses we are placed under.  There is a level of expectation that others put on us because we deign to teach our own kids.  Then of course there is the level of expectation that we put on ourselves
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