Plan for Your Weakness

If you don’t do well with pressure, help yourself and don’t procrastinate. Schedule things out early enough to avoid the deadline crunch. Take the stress off yourself and just deal with the project, not your emotions.    

If you are an introvert heading into a weekend of parties and celebrations, blocking out a little quiet time on Friday and/or Monday will allow for recovery as well as (and from!) rejoicing.    

If you have a hard time holding heavy books open, use an ereader or an audible book with thankfulness for the option.    

If you don’t naturally wake up quickly and keep hitting the snooze, move your alarm clock across the room. Making yourself walk speeds up the process and does what you need to get going.  

If you physically need a certain amount of sleep every night, don’t cram your schedule with activity and projects so it is impossible to fit those hours in. Control your commitments so that you can fully rest and fully give.

If you don’t like throwing stuff together for dinner on a whim, have meal plans done ahead of time. You will be ready to serve when it is time to eat.  

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Some of these adjustments I’ve learned to do out of my own weakness. The exercise of seeing the need and finding a solution is good exercise! Planning for my weakness makes me strong. Because there is a way to succeed, and I have planned to walk that way, I’m not tripped up by the struggle.

The same is true for you. Planning for your weakness will make you strong. You can show strength in adjusting. No one on this earth is an expert in everything. Support your needs and move forward confidently. Don’t give in or give up on your calling. You can set yourself up for success instead of falling into failure.

Consider: “The Most Important Place on Earth”

Robert Wolgemuth has written a book to describe a Christian home, The Most Important Place on Earth: What a Christian Home Looks Like and How to Build One.  It is good to consider why your home is the way it is and whether that way is the best way. Wolgemuth looks at several factors and how they affect the tone of a home. The chapters on words and being safe at home are a good investment, even if you read only those.

Here is a brief excerpt from this book, an explanation of the title and purpose:

Why can’t our homes be different in this wonderful way? … Who wants to be normal? Everyone else is normal. This kind of different is good. So I’m taking a chance and tacking signs above the front door of my home and your home. They read, “The Most Important Place on Earth.” The superlative works just fine here.

Ironically, every home, regardless of what’s going on inside, might as well have this over its front door. For the children who live in these homes, it’s a fact, good or bad: it is the most important place on earth. Sit down over a cup of coffee with any family therapist in the country and usually he or she will tell you that, for a kid, it’s at home — whatever it looks like — where everything in life makes up its mind.

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