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I noticed a couple weeks ago one of my old enemies creeping into my parenting routines. Procrastination. Putting off the tough assignments in life when they make me feel overwhelmed, fearful, sad or confused. But why is it procrastination never buys me anything?! Usually, I end up trying to solve my original issue AND digging out of my extra problem caused by the procrastination. So I end up feeling even more defeated.

Today I thought I would review my top 10 strategies for conquering putting off the important jobs. (Wow, this list helped me already!)

1. Check your morning routines.  How I handle my day right out of the shoot either sets me up for success or failure. Rising quickly at the sound of the alarm. Beginning my day with prayer and time in the Word. Hitting my exercise and shower times. Seems simple, but if I delay the routines, I set myself up for delays a.l.l. d.a.y. l.o.n.g.

2. Do the hardest thing first.  A great strategy taught in the business world works in the home!

3. Make a list and subdivide tasks. My to do lists do not solve my problems, but they do help me identify what I know I need to do and set a strategy for getting them done! Sometimes the hard task can be divided into two or more simpler steps.

4. Declare God's scripture over my situation. Fear and the power of the flesh are defeated by the living active Word of God. (Ephesians 6:17)

5. Just do it. Borrow the marketing phrase from Nike?!

6. Tell someone you are doing it. Now your integrity and your word are your motivator.

7. Smile. An unbelievably simple way to walk in joy. And the joy of Lord is our strength to do hard things. (Nehemiah 8:10)

8. Take His grace and power by faith. God's grace is sufficient for us and His power is perfected in our weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9) But each must be activated by the Kingdom rule of faith.

9. Celebrate all steps achieved. Marvel at the power of God working in you. Thank Him for the breakthrough.

10. Get back up and try again. When you fall into procrastination once, do NOT use it as an excuse to throw in the towel and keep up the pattern. Pray. Repent. And get up and do 1-9 again. Forgive yourself as He forgives you.

What about you? What strategies have you found helpful?

FFF highway family vacationBy Lisa Cherry

Family vacation time was the topic the other day when I walked in on a discussion between some of my children. 

Josiah, who of course at age six has no time perspective yet, was just sure that it was time to go on a trip. In February? I smiled to myself at his youthful innocence.

But I was even more excited to hear one of his older siblings’ response:

     "Family vacation is the best time of year!"

Now that might not seem like much of a statement. But honestly, I was relieved to hear this teenager's heartfelt reflection.

It's true… They still do want us!

Maybe you've noticed in your home that pulling kids away for family fun gets harder and harder. Ballgames, school commitments, and friend distractions can take a real toll on together time.

That day I made a commitment to myself. Even though it's too early to really make all the detailed plans, I'm going to dream with the kids just the same. And go ahead and mark my calendar.

What about you? Have you set some dates aside for the summer? Block them out before anyone else can take them! It is worth it!

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It's time for this week’s Family Fun Friday Link-Up!  It’s our tradition here at Frontline Moms.

Since we spend so much of the week Unmasking and frontlining and aiming for the remnant, we need a little dose of Family Fun come Friday!

My co-host is my daughter Tara at Mommy Head Adventures.

So please link up your Family Fun blog post for all of us to see. Just make sure it’s family friendly, and fun.  Then check back to see what fun other families have posted about.

What kind of fun?

  • Fun crafts
  • Fun kid recipes
  • Fun family outings
  • Fun mom games, or
  • Funny stories about your family

We hope you will share our fun button which you can find on the sidebar.

 


A Peek into POTTS

Lisa Cherry —  January 14, 2012

Hi Frontline Moms,

I just wanted to let you see what my good friend Deanna said on the POTTS Facebook page.   She's a member of our local group and she posted about our meeting last Wednesday night.

Have you started your own POTTS group yet, or joined an existing one?

Thanks, Deanna!

Lisa

I am always so full of inspiration when I leave a POTTS (Parents of Teens and Tweens) Group meeting. If you don't have a POTTS group in your community, start one and if you have one please attend.

Being inspired causes you to be open to and seeking more. I think this is part of the flow we were talking about last night at our POTTS group meeting. The Grace of God is His creativity that is available to us to stand, to act, to do more than survive, to have the courage to (I can't think of the word) (do something, not just do something in response to what is done to us),

In the meetings I get so intense because I am excited when the Holy Spirit finishes a conversation he has been trying to have with me throughout my parenting or brings back to my remembrance what He has spoken to me that I may not have heard as clearly as I should have.

When you get in this flow this is the time to revisit your prayer journal, open up your bible and revisit those highlighted scriptures. There is more. Creativity does not have a starting and ending point, it is infinite. He said *he will do a new thing out of his mouth over 2000 years ago and because He said it His word is constantly performing it over and over. It is so right now that if you catch even a little of it you will realize the urgency of the moment.

That raft that you will need to ride on is passing you right now. Will you jump on? Will you run to meet it? Will you walk out into the water and grab it? Will you wait at the shore and step in as it comes to you?

In these times that we are in if we know that we have been entrusted to train up the remnant that will lead the saints in these last and evil days I do believe we will run towards it. With some Godly fear, yes but we will run knowing that his Grace/Creativity is sufficient, what He is creating in you and through you is sufficient. Listen, can you not hear the water rushing? It is time. It is now.

This river of Grace/Creativity seems to flow through every POTTS group meeting that I have attended. Sometimes it is a calm flow that you have to seek out and sometimes like last night it is a mighty rushing current! But at every meeting it does *SPRING FORTH. *Will you see it? What will stop you from seeing it? *If you see your family in the wilderness, It Is There. If your family is in a desert, It Is There. You who are chosen to raise up the remnant, *there is drink for you. It is available Now.

I can see myself every week being washed and made new. Washed from fear, guilt, anxiety and pride. That flow cleanses you and makes you new. What do you need to be cleansed of? Without these things on me I am free to Love my children through every season.

FYI we discussed parenting from the perspective of *Isaiah 43:18-19 and it was FIRE!!!!

Join us at the POTTS Facebook page. We'd love to hear from you too.

Note from Lisa: I'm delighted to be able to share this post from my daughter Hannah, a true Frontline Teen.  I think you will appreciate her passion for “living life to the fullest” which, as it happens, is the title of her blog

By Hannah Cherry

 If you have ever watched Finding Nemo, you probably remember this part. One of my favorite clips is when Dory tells Marlin that it is time to let go.

 Recently God has been speaking this same word to me. It is time to let go of the things in your life you continue to cling to. It’s time to let go of fear, anger, rebellion, pride, offense, selfishness or anything else that is not advancing the Kingdom of God. But the difference between Dory and God? God does know what is going to happen, and if you let Him take control of your life, His "pruning" will only be for your good.

 Today let go of things that continue to cling to you. Make a decision to give these things to God, and don't take them back. Let go of the sin in your life, or even the things that aren't necessarily wrong, yet they distract you from your full purpose. Let go of the past, let go of the future!! Surrender your everything to God!! Give Him your life....and let go of everything else!!!

It's Time To Let Go!!!

My husband Doug wows the kids with his original bedtime stories.  He always has a story line going on, with a made up cast of characters such as “The Mountain Family” or “The Island Family.”   Each evening there’s a new installment with crazy adventures that sometimes don’t even make sense, especially when the storyteller nods off while his mouth is still moving.

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