The first two lessons I learned mothering 4 kids were, to plan ahead and do not look at the clock.
To plan everyday meals, daily school activities, extra curricular activities, husband’s activities, family activities, business activities and even my down time. And, do not look at the clock, because what my little ones need at this point is routine and love. They do not need to feel frustrated because their timing is different from mommy’s clock.
With all the family living and working in the same ground, life can get a bit cr@zy. Notice, I am just planning activities and meals, writing them down and asking God for His Blessing on each one of them. Besides, I know I will try to work hard at them. And I may just add to the prayer a thanksgiving heart, health, energy, love and grace.
Chances are that 50% of my activities will be done. Not because I did not want to do each task. But, because it does not depend on me, or the children, or my husband, or the customers. Ultimately all depends on God.
As the Bible says in Proverbs 3:5-6 (Amplified version)
5 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
The importance of trusting God in basic things like your wake up time, or your lessons, or even the safety of you children or your husband, is crucial. It makes and brings thanksgiving, joy and faith.
And again at the end of the week, I will look back at the plans, and see that no matter what, they were His plans and not mine.