I made a decision this week to drop out of my weekly BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) Bible Study class. It wasn’t an easy decision because I love the teaching, the lessons, and the ladies. The truth is that we added two children to our home, ages two and five, and going to Bible study was going to add a lot of stress. (We already have a two-year-old, in addition to our adult children.) Bible study means getting three preschoolers up and out the door by 8:30 a.m. It meant trying to get them adjusted to a new place, new teachers, and a new routine when they’re already trying to get used to so much.
Because of this I’m going to have to be diligent about my own personal study, but there are times when it’s important to choose a simple schedule over a complicated one. It’s helpful to choose the slower pace than a rushed one.
When you choose slow and simple you may have to give up:
Rushing out the door
Frantically trying to find your children’s shoes
Stress over looking at the clock
Mumbling and complaining at kids that never move quite as fast as you’d like
You also may have to add in:
Extra quiet time with God
Phone calls with friends
Podcasts of Bible teaching
Mommy Bible classes with the kiddos
I expect that six months from now—when our new adopted kids are settled—I can look to doing an outside study again. But for now I have peace, and I have these kids, and I have God who is good at encouraging me to the slow and simple way.
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