Revaluate and Recommit

The Question: Have I Seen the Hand of God Reaching Out to Touch Us Today?

I hesitate to add something new to my life. I want to believe in it before I commit to it. So I don’t do a lot.

When I commit, though, I commit my whole heart. I’ve been that way with motherhood, marriage, my faith, my education, my assignments at church and in the community and in all my creative projects.

I do a few simple things well and only add when I can manage and maintain or I drop. I love this about me—now—and for that, I give gratitude.

Some others do not. But their reactions to me do not illuminate, so I won’t share.

This summer I received a new responsibility at church. I threw myself into learning—about teenage girls, about communicating, about planning with a purpose and still making it fun, too. (Yes, I can do FUN, despite what some others think or imply.)

Seven weeks later, another change came. I was asked to teach the early morning New Testament religion class five days a week to the high school students at our church.

So only a week before school starts I am reshuffling our morning routine, rearranging my schedule, refocusing my goals and recommitting my attention to what the Lord would have me do, now.

My heart is willing and able. Studying and teaching the scriptures is a blessing. But can I wholly commit, not sacrifice the level of parenting I want to give, and still develop my creative goals? On a revaluation walk, I learned how I can.

And so I now unload the self-induced pressure of daily posting at tjhirst.com. I am taking Saturday’s off. And maybe some days in between when I become a little sleep deprived, you may see “from the archives.” Thank you for reading. With a little time alone, I can continue to illuminate everyday for myself and be able to share it with you.

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3 Comments

  1. Rebecca
    Aug 28, 2008

    That will keep you so busy (and tired) but you will no doubt be so enriched by your experiences. High school kids don’t always want to be there every morning (I know I didn’t-6:30 was way too early for me!), but many will appreciate what you do. And just think how knowledgeable you will become with all that study!

  2. Ryan
    Aug 28, 2008

    Despite the fact that your blog is one of the few that I actually look forward to reading every day, I think it’s a good decision to cut down on the stress level and stop posting as much. I’ve pretty much done the same thing on my blog, except maybe a little more drastically. Now I post only when I want. No pressure at all.

    I do enjoy your pictures though–so keep those coming!

  3. Minna Dyer
    Aug 28, 2008

    I don’t blame you for slowing down on the blog. Write when you’re inspired, not tired : )

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