This month's topic for our local homeschool support group was Healthy, Happy, Homemaker. The idea was to share something that you've learned over the years that you practice within your home to contribute to the health and happiness of yourself and/or family, or something that contributes positively to your role as a homemaker. I really enjoyed the topic this month and loved learning from the other ladies in the group.
I am so thankful to have a connection to such a wonderfully supportive group of families. Great things come about when good people group together for the greater good. I am always richly blessed when I gather with this group in any combination, and I surely take away more than I contribute.
One of the new things we've been doing is taking turns giving the devotion at the monthly meeting. This month was just the second time we've done it this way, and I missed the last meeting to spend the evening with my hubby for his birthday. So, I had no reference point as to how these things are to go. It's all new, and it's all good. I was asked to give the devotional this month. Aside from tripping all over myself during my opening prayer--What was with that anyway?--it really was a good experience for me. I struggle with being the center of attention and can be quite uncomfortable with "all eyes on me", but I know it is good to put myself out there and stretch myself a little bit. Besides, God doesn't call us to do only those things that which we are comfortable with now, does he? I chose to look at my prayer "fumble" as an example to others that God hears all prayer, even those that are not beautifully rhythmic and elegantly spoken. (But, I sure do feel better when my words come out like a song as opposed to sounding like someone choking on a piece of dry cornbread.)
I decided to focus my devotional on what I do to take care of myself and nurture the happiness within me. I did learn from my granddaughter that I am not perceived as happy. Ouch! Guess I need to work on that. This momma has A LOT on her shoulders and tends to be quite serious most of the time. Trust me. Inside I am happy. When you get to the core, I feel content and settled. I do get thrown off course quite a lot, but I get right back on track. I don't waste time in the muck and mire. I pick myself up, dust my knees off, and go back to the good work of living my life to the best of my ability with the help of my God and the love of my family and friends. So thankful!
So, here goes. My devotional reworked for written format on The Zoo Crew: