I’m so happy to see November again… it’s the best month of the year! I’m thankful that October 2012 was the least emotionally traumatic month for me, probably in over a year. There are still so many things I want to do, but something I am learning to do right now is allow God’s grace to flow in my life and just be patient with myself.
Balancing Family Time
“Family and devotional time is on the top of my list—it is what keeps everything else moving forward,” Sharon affirms. When either of them are ignored or lowered on my priority list, I am less productive and totally not fulfilled.”
Adequate family time is a priority in the Hurst home. “Being a responsible mom is a major thing for me,” Denise says, whose three children are sons Jeremiah, 9, Dynnell, 6, and Sean, 2, with another son due this month. “I’m raising African-American men in today’s society. I want them to be well-rounded and secure in themselves.”
The Hursts are also cautious about the “PK” (preacher’s kid) syndrome. “Germaine and I do not want our kids to grow up and resent the church. I don’t want them to think, ‘The church took my mom and dad from me.’ So to avoid that attitude later, we make sure we do things together—just us.”
I listened to a distressed friend tell me about unappreciated she feels. She said she feels as if she is trying to show people closest to her who she is, but they refuse to see it. She asked me, “How is it that I can come from two parents who are so much one way and I am another? Why don’t they understand me?” Her family by her description lacks good character and integrity. They don’t follow through on their commitments, and they habitually lie and get defensive if it’s brought to their attention.
My friend is really in need of a break; she is married but the way things have been going, she may as well be a single mom. Many people in her life let her down and she can depend on very few.
I listened to her as I often do and was quiet. I don’t like to give my own personal thoughts about touchy things like this because often, depending on a person’s makeup and spiritual maturity, it could be misconstrued. The very first thing I told her was something at the end of this blog (I want to save the best for last). But then I heard myself tell her that it’s ok to be the only one.