What I Learned in February

what i learned in february

 

1. Prioritizing work that is meaningful to me actually leaves room for me to do the things that are necessary, instead of vice versa.

For so long, I’ve believed that I had to finish all the chores and make sure every nook and cranny is taken care of, all the dishes are washed, before I can do something that I love or value. But I’ve flip-flopped my perspective this month, this year really, and have started using my first fruits on things that I love and that I know God is calling me to do (i.e. writing). And amazingly, I still have been able to care for my family in a meaningful way and get things done that are actually needed. I’ve found that having less time to do those things has made me work faster and actually get more done. Strange how that works!

2. Y’all love a good meal plan

I’ve heard from a lot of you that you were excited to have this meal plan, and it makes me smile! I plan to post more meal plans in the future since it seems to be something you guys appreciate. It proves to me that we all struggle with the same stuff and are trying hard to take care of our families, and the first way to do that is to feed their little bellies, right?

(P.S. I’m open to your suggestions too!)

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3. Carrying each other’s burdens is hard but good

This month has been peppered with walking alongside friends in various seasons of life and situations. And I’ve realized that when we answer the call to carry one another’s burdens, it’s rewarding and enriching. Is it tiring? Yes. Is it hard? Yes, because carrying means you actually feel each other’s pain and it weighs your own soul down. But it’s been so good to be pointed back to Jesus and our utter dependence on Him in all things.

4. My baby is growing up.

Landis reached the big milestone of losing his two front teeth, and my heart keeps skipping a beat every time I see his cute little toothless grin. It’s not just because he’s so adorable, but because it’s the reminder that the baby years are all but gone for us, and of course it makes me nostalgic for the little years.

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5. I joined a Facebook Book Club

I joined a book club hosted by Lori Harris, one of my favorite bloggers. We are reading Educating All God’s Children, and it’s been so challenging and good to be a part of this conversation. My eyes are opening up to the injustices of the American public education system, but I’m still not sure what I can do about it. I’m hoping to come to some conclusions as we work our way through this book. Sometimes it’s hard growing in knowledge, because then you become responsible for that knowledge, which is why I avoid a lot of things instead of learning about them and embracing them.

6. I faced a huge fear of mine by writing this post.

It honestly didn’t inspire as much conversation as I had hoped, but maybe writing about how I grew in my understanding of freedom in Christ when I decided to leave home schooling behind was part of the process of my growth in being brave with my words. It was me being vulnerable with an important subject that I’m sometimes afraid of talking about, because I sure don’t want to offend anyone. I’m realizing that I may be a voice for someone struggling in certain areas, and I’m learning how to approach those topics, and so hoping that it encourages you dear ones to step out in faith in things that make you nervous.

7. I registered for my first writing conference.

Part of me learning how to embrace the things I think I’m good at and want to get better at is me stepping out and doing things that make me feel small and little. Going to a writing/speaking conference does just that, because I know there will be so many people there who know so much more and are so much better at all of these things. But I decided it will be so good for me to learn from them and challenge myself to get better.

 

Here’s to March!!! (Can you believe Spring Break is almost here???)

P.S. Tell me something you learned this month, I’d love to hear it.

*linking up with Emily P. Freeman today.

 

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  • Naomi

    So, I still can’t meal plan for an entire month (sigh. maybe someday) . . . BUT I have found this month, that if I think just ONE DAY ahead, my meals go way smoother!

    • Gabrielle

      Well, that’s often how I do it too! Or if I can just plan in the morning instead of waiting until 4pm!

    • Sometimes, even with a meal plan, I’m still just thinking one day ahead, or literally I open the menu at 4pm and kick myself for not taking out the meat.