When Life Just Gets in the Way

by Dawn Oaks on August 25, 2014 · 2 comments

Life just sometimes gets in the way.  You all know what I mean, but when you step back and really think about that statement it almost seems ridiculous.  But we have all been there.

We can spend hours planning and strategizing about how life is supposed to be.  As soon as circumstances outside of our control come onto the scene, we can really be thrown for a loop.  We may get angry and have a real tantrum.  If we allow the disruption to really get in our heads, it can steer us completely off target.

I apologize that this is a shorter post and without pictures, but you know what – Life happened!  It isn’t as I would like it, not as it was planned, or even the way that I want it to be.  But sometimes, it is exactly as it should be.  I had a choice last night between having a heartfelt conversation with my daughter or finishing up this post with wonderful pinnable pictures and captions.  I made the decision, and am glad that I did, to have that chat with her.  She is growing up and won’t always be able to just come in my room, flop down on the bed, and unload about her day.

Many of you reading this may be dealing with really pressing issues.  I understand and have been there as well.  My husband struggles with a chronic medical condition that at times can be very debilitating.  Our lives are governed many times by our farm and business that need to be a priority to keep us fed.  Others that God has placed in our pathway need ministering to and not always at the most convenient times.  Life happens.

It is not about finding a way of keeping life from happening, but learning to see the hand of God in the interruptions.  At those times, when we have pressing needs on our farm, I try to step back and remember all that my children are learning about business management, hard work, and the way that needs must come before wants.  When my husband is experiencing a low point in his health, I am reminded that as we bypass our book learning for the day that my children are being reminded to put the fruit of the Spirit foremost in their lives rather than the checklist of things to be accomplished.

Life – those unexpected moments that are definitely not written into that brand spanken’ new planner that we spent hours picking out – does happen.  The measure of our character comes in how we handle those moments.  God knows what your children need in preparing them for their future.  A future He divinely orchestrated for them.  Rest in Him when the day (or weeks or months) seem to sway from that $29.95 planner.  Our God is bigger than the planner no matter how good it is.

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Kay August 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

This was perfect timing for me! With this being my first year of homeschooling along with “life getting in the way”, its been a bit crazy to say the least! Thank you for all you do and God bless your and your family. You are an inspiration!

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Lisa August 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM

I really enjoyed this post! It is a good reminder of things happening in our lives now as well. I’ll be praying for you, Gary and the children!

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