Life is tasty in small bites

Being an all or nothing kind of person, I tend to “go big or go home.” I struggle with the idea of just a little of anything, which is why I avoid certain situations where my tendencies could get me into a lot of trouble. But as I get older I am starting to see the value of incremental living.

Because I still have very small children my life is chopped into a hundred little pieces. There is no lovely flow from one activity to the next. It’s hacked and sawed and sometimes jagged because I am always in one thing when I have to leave to take care of something else. At the end of the day sometimes I see behind me a handful of unfinished projects and the carcasses of the best laid plans in my wake. Sigh. Well, there’s always tomorrow, right?

Domestic Mouse Eating Biscuit
I have always wanted–and tried to carve out in my day–big chucks of time to work on school. I have to study and prepare my heart and my lessons. I enjoy it and for me it is a necessary activity for our school day to flow smoothly. I have learned something this week: this magical block of time doesn’t exist. It’s a mirage I keep trying to get to but now I realize it’s just not there.

At this time in my life there is no time in my day for hours of uninterrupted study. But I can eat away at the proverbial elephant one bite at a time. So I have resigned myself to small doses. A little study throughout the day, throughout the week, instead of long times at a stretch. A bite at a time the study will get done, the dinner cooked, the children snuggled and the home cleaned.

I am finding that it’s not as difficult as I thought it would be to slip in and out of study mode. And I keep a notebook with me at all times to catch ideas, scriptures or resources that come my way as I move through the day. Like praying without ceasing, I think this studying in small bites all day will leave me more satisfied than gorging anyway. Biblical Principle Approach is about reflective learning and little bites allow me to savor each morsel before I go on to the next. I think I’m going to embrace this idea of living in small bites instead of allowing frustration to take over my thoughts. Then I can truly embrace this time of life and all the small bites it offers.

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.         Isaiah 28:10

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4 Responses to Life is tasty in small bites

  1. Dee says:

    I really, really, really like these thoughts of yours. This is the FIRST year (after hschooling for 4) that I’ve realized I’ve gotta slow down and take small bites. I’m really gonna have to blog about our planning and schedule this year but the time just seems to fly by in the day. As we’ve spoken before my middle child has helped me to see I’ve gotta take a different approach and different outlook on things and for once I am truly satisfied…feeling like I am in the will of the Lord for this season of our lives. Thanks for this post. I really, really enjoyed it.

  2. Anna-Marie says:

    My pleasure my sweet friend. God is faithful and He always has the best plans, doesn’t He?

    Please keep me posted on how your year progresses. I look forward to hearing all about it.

  3. Fatcat says:

    This is what I have learned to do too.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    This is such a timely thought for me…although I see you wrote it several months ago! I have been dealing with a lot of frustration here recently feeling like a failure because nothing ever seems to get accomplished in my life…with 7 young children and homeschooling. It’s all just little bits here and there. I too am someone who likes to work at something until it is done…and I get frustrated when I can’t complete something! It’s so easy for me to allow this frustration to rob my joy, and make my children miserable in the process! Sigh…thanks for reminding me that I need to accept the smaller bites as they come, and remember what is truly important!

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