What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action
– Meister Eckhart
We’ve just finished our first week back into our learning routine here at the Boden Academy; it has been mostly a great, productive week but not without its tears or troubles. We’ve stuck to schedule and tackled everything from simplifying fractions to phonics and everything in between!
We started a conversation back in August inspired by a Henry Ward Beecher thought “the mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom”; I was challenged and beautifully reminded that it’s our hearts, our attitudes and our very present lives that hold theirs. Educating our children is an incredible investment which goes way beyond the books; it’s an investment of time, heart and soul – your time, your heart and absolutely your soul!
We must cultivate our hearts in order to win theirs; as promised here are 3 of my simple tips for daily cultivating our hearts:
- Have a devotional routine
Obvious I know, but how many of us don’t? It’s vital to be devotionally anchored in order to brave the waves and winds of the day. There are so many incredible tools available now to cater for all learning styles; I love to listen to the Bible on YouVersion whilst on my exercise bike first thing in the morning. The first thing I hear (after my alarm) is the Word of God, I pray in the shower and then spend 20 minutes reading/writing/reflecting with coffee in hand before (hopefully) the sound of little voices shouting ‘Mum, we’re hungry’! I can’t fit hours of bible study in during this season of life but I’m hungry for His heart and presence so will make intentional space to daily fan the fire.
It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. Isaiah 55:11
2. Do what you love
We so often seem to forfeit fun and creativity in favour of sleep (smile), laminating school resources and scrolling down our Facebook feed. In Brené Brown’s book ‘Daring Greatly‘ she reports that one of the habits of the wholehearted is that they prioritise creativity. Rather than seeing ‘doing what we love’ as an indulgence, we need to see it as a necessity of the soul. Take a photo, sew bunting, go see a movie, write a script, read a poem (not on the school plan), scale a climbing wall, sing in a choir, arrange flowers; it doesn’t have to take hours.
“Art is all just perfectly imperfect.”
― Brené Brown
I don’t have tons of time for creative writing and reporting but my whole family know that my soul is richer when I actively squeeze it into my week; I try take photo’s every day and read a poem or quote that inspires me and brings joy.
My life is full, I wear many hats but if you find me quietly arranging books and a glass jar in the September sunlight, leave me be – I’m cultivating my heart!
3. Reflect and Reboot
Having a rough morning? Don’t be afraid to make a hard stop. How many times have you let a melt down at 8am impact your whole day, or a sibling scrap at lunch time monopolise your whole afternoon? I like the term ‘reboot’ as to me that means we can save the good stuff and get rid of the bad; we’re not necessarily ‘restarting’ we’re just rebooting our day and getting going again. Every morning is a restart, and we get to reboot throughout the day.
The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.
Lamentations 3: 22-23
I do this by gathering everyone around the table; usually with a pot of tea and a snack! We talk, pray, I eyeball my children, hug them, make any apologies that need to be made and I set my expectations (again). When hearts are forgiven and connected they are free – and that’s our goal for the atmosphere of our homes and our hearts; freedom!
So, how’s your heart mama?
When hearts are forgiven and connected they are free – and that’s our goal for the atmosphere of our homes and our hearts; freedom!