I started writing this post this morning – now it is nearly 4:00, but that is the life so many of us lead. Children, laundry, appointments, making dinner, all take their place above time on the computer. So here I am, dinner in the crock pot and the little window air conditioner trying to cool the family room to a level that keeps the shirt from sticking to my back.
Earlier today I was updating my planner; I got to September and saw, written on the 14th – 16th, “Nashville – ETC!” A small wave of sadness came over me as I erased those words and replaced them with “Nebraska.”
I love the Empowered to Connect conferences ; it is an honor and a joy to speak with the rest of the ETC team. I love these people and continue to learn from them. When I heard from The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska that Dimples’ week of intensive therapy would likely be in September, I knew that I would have to let go of the Nashville conference. Even if the dates had been further apart, I need to devote myself to this work with Dimples.
It took me several days, but I finally sent an email to my Empowered to Connect and Show Hope friends telling them that I will have to miss this conference. They all replied with kind and encouraging words. I especially loved what Karyn Purvis said, “We will miss you but celebrate your priorities!”
This is the way it should be. My priority is my children and their healing. I could speak for hours about parenting children from “hard places,” but if I neglect to give myself fully to the task, my words are meaningless.
When we parents said “yes” to adopting children, we knew there would be sacrifices, and we would need to say “no” to other things that would pull us. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find this very hard to live out.
Today, let’s celebrate our priorities! Let’s rejoice in the good work God has given us and the precious children we have.
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