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by Diane

I took a much-needed break this last week. Last Monday was my final day of teaching for the school year. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching but have been burned out on grading papers, so I have been looking forward to the summer break.

I came to the conclusion that I needed a break because I realized I was having more down days than usual. The gray weather was bringing me down, and I was just not enjoying life the way I had been. I realized the stress of grading papers had worn me down. Some marital disconnection was also a big factor.

Since I am in charge of my well being, I decided to take a week off from grading and also to focus some energy on my husband. I still have the final papers to grade and the exams, but now that I took a break, I am ready to tackle my grading. I feel refreshed and ready to do it. Also, the marital disconnection has improved, and we are tracking well.

I did not do any chores this weekend. I decided that I was just going to relax and enjoy the time with my family. We spent a lot of time relaxing around the house, napping and playing. I did a lot of scrap booking, and we spent quality time with each other and with friends. I did not fold a single article of laundry, wash a single dish, or cook a single meal. (I should mention that I supercleaned the house for Friday’s gathering of friends, so the time off from chores was warranted.) It felt great, and I’m glad I did it.

It’s so easy to become lost in all the responsibilities we have, and often we forget to take time off for ourselves. The circle of chores can be very discouraging because they are never done. Please consider these ideas today:

1. Do something that can’t be undone. This would be something like working on a photo album, painting your nails, finishing a special project, etc. The power of something completed, even a small something, is tremendously encouraging.

2. Give yourself permission to take a break. Then take one. You deserve it. Taking a break will refresh you to tackle your responsibilities better, and trust me, the dishes will still be there tomorrow (mine are quite mountainous at the moment). Sometimes, you just have to say Oh, well, and sit down.

Have a blessed day!


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https://i2.wp.com/www.catholicsupply.com/christmas/_borders/26800C.JPGJust when I needed it, my far-away friend Amelia sent me an encouraging word to meĀ  put my focus back where it needs to be and lift my spirits. To remind me to look to God’s good character in the rough times, not look at the storm around me. To know that what seems thankless day in and day out is making a mark on eternity for myself and those around me. Thank you friend!

Jenna, My great-great aunt who was the most Godly woman I’ve ever known (and lived to be 101!!), had a poem that she sent to every new mother that she knew (she’s not the author, just a poem she loved). I recently came across it in a little journal that she started, passed on my grandma, who then passed it on to me. I thought you might find it to be encouraging! Have a happy Friday and weekend.

A Parable For Mothers

by Temple Bailey

The young mother set her foot on the path of Life. “Is the way long?” she asked. And her Guide said: “Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning.”

But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, and gathered flowers for them along the way, and bathed with them in the streams, and the sun shone on them, and life was good, and the young mother cried: “Nothing will ever be lovelier than this”.

Then night came, and storm, and the path was dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her mantle and the children said: “Oh, Mother, we are not afraid for you are near, and no harm can come.” And the mother said: “This is better than the brightest of days, for I have taught my children courage.”

And the morning came and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary, but at all times she said to the children: “A little patience and we are there.” So the children climbed, and when they reached the top, they said: “We could not have done it without you, Mother.” And the mother, when she lay down that night, looked up at the stars and said: “This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of difficulty. Yesterday I gave them courage, Today I have given them strength.”

And the next day came strange clouds which darkened the earth – clouds of war and hate and evil, and the children groped and stumbled, and the mother said: “Look up! Lift your eyes to the light.” And the children looked and saw above the clouds an Everlasting Glory, and it guided them beyond the darkness. And that night the mother said: “This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God.”

And the days went on, and the months and the years, and the mother grew old, and she was small and bent. But her children were strong and tall and walked with courage. And when the way was hard, they helped their mother; and when the way was rough they lifted her, for she was as light as a feather; and at last they came to a hill, and beyond the hill they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide. And the mother said: “I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know that the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them.”

And the children said: “You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates.”

And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said: “We cannot see her, but she is with us. A mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence.”

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