Posted by: macahajo | December 23, 2012

Night Life

On Tuesday, November 13th, we had a meeting scheduled with a couple, to visit with them and to share about the ministry in Africa that we will be a part of.  The meeting was canceled so we decided to have a family night at home. We made pizza, watched The Nativity Story and played the game, Clue. We had such a great time together as a family! There is something sweet about working a full day and then spending time in the evening together at home.

But, this doesn’t happen often in our home- the home where a pastor’s family lives.  A pastor doesn’t have a regular Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM kind of a job. Instead, his life consists of many evenings out and weekend events to be a part of.  There are changes in a pastor’s schedule from week to week and sometimes unplanned meetings arise, often at night.

However, not only are we a pastor’s family with a full ministry schedule, we are also a family preparing to go overseas. And as such, we are meeting with people more and more in the evenings, to share about the ministry that we will be a part of in hopes that others will want to be a part of it too. And in preparation for going, we are spending time creating newsletters, writing emails, making phone-calls, and participating in training courses.

So, in the midst of busy lives, we had a wonderful, restful evening together on that Tuesday in November. However, when I looked at my calender, I realized that October 6th was the last time we had an evening at home together like that.  Yikes! That was 5 weeks earlier!

I knew we were busy, but actually seeing on the calender the last time we had a family night at home, made me really realize just how busy we had become and just how intentional we need to be to rest, make time for family nights and date nights.

So, I took Thanksgiving weekend, from that Thursday morning to Saturday night, for time away from homeschooling and a break from our ministry partnership development. I didn’t check my email, I didn’t go on facebook, I didn’t review home-work with the kids, and I didn’t look at my to-do list. It was wonderful! I love the work that I am regularly doing, but it is necessary to rest! And I plan to take another few days off this upcoming Christmas weekend:  Time away from my to-do list and time away from distractions. I am intentionally planning time with my family, time to play, and time with my Lord!

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