I decided that I needed to get back into working hard at blogging as I have been pushing it off to the side this summer, and I think I bit off more than I can chew. I am trying to get a couple of giveaways done that I should have done back in June. Then I got a couple of sponsored posts given to me. I also have another giveaway that I joined up with that goes live tomorrow. And I organized a Back-to-School linky party for Monday. That means I have two posts for today, two posts for tomorrow, one for Saturday, and one for Monday. Two of those posts are DIY tutorials which take a lot of time to do.
Then today (yes, I am typing this at 2 am), I go back to work as a volunteer teacher at the little school our church has. Today and tomorrow are mandatory work days to get the classrooms ready.
I am so happy that the Lord has given me blogging to do and another part-time job to do for the month of September. My husband’s job provides for our needs, but I have a desire one day to go see my sister’s family in South Africa. And not just me. I want my whole family to go. That could cost us $12,000 for airline tickets. I also want to fly to see my family every summer. That could cost us $2,000. The money I make on sponsored posts, ads, and any other jobs I get, I am saving for these two areas.
Therefore, finishing a big sponsored post last night was important. It was also fun — see how I upcycled an oatmeal container for prizes for my classroom? You can do this as a teacher gift or just to organize little toys in your house!
You also can enter a giveaway for 3 rolls of Duck Tape HERE!
But as my husband shared in prayer meeting last night, I have to keep the main thing the main thing. He shared how Nehemiah in Nehemiah 6 prayed for God to strengthen his hands. I shared some of the other prayers on other Thoughtful Thursdays:
- Eliezer— prosper my success
- Jacob — bless me
- Moses — go with me
- Jabez–enlarge my coast
- Solomon — give me wisdom
- Asa — help me
- Nehemiah — prosper me
This was the second prayer of Nehemiah that he has preached on, and it comes from Nehemiah 6:9:
Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.
Nehemiah was under a lot of pressure. He was being tempted on every side and needed God’s wisdom. He went right to God and asked for strength — and God gave it. I too need God’s strength, but I need to make sure that I do not get distracted. Nehemiah in chapter 6 does not do what the adversaries want him to do. He stays on track. He keeps his focus on serving the Lord.
My main job is to be a mom. It is to serve in the church where God has called us. So I am going to go to bed to get some physical strength, wake up and read my Bible to get some spiritual strength, and then go serve with the other parents in our school so that we can focus on raising the next generation for the Lord. That is what is most imporant tomorrow!
What should your focus be today?
Stay on track!
Here are a couple of posts I enjoyed reading this past week from last week’s party:
- The Significance of Our Choices from A New Lens
- A Prayer for When (You Think) You’re In Control from Sun Sparkle Shine
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