Saturday, December 13, 2008

Quality and Quantity Time

I had a lovely afternoon with a good friend recently- and we were discussing quality time and quantity time. Not one versus another, just about them. Later, I was recalling our conversation and thinking about myself. While many have to make the limited time they have quality time- I have a large quantity of time with my children because I homeschool them. I began to ask myself- do I take that time for granted? Do I use the quantity of time I have and turn it into quality time? Sometimes, I do- when I do devotions in the morning- or intentionally read a book to the kids- but often, I confess I fail and do not. I am, like all mothers do from time to time, realizing how quickly my quantity time is slipping away. I am making a commitment to myself to not let quantity be void of true, lasting quality. As this blog is about discipleship- when I say quality, I mean relationship building and faith building.

How about you? How do you make the time you have with your children- regardless of whether you're homeschooling and feel like you have ALL the time- or whether your children are out during the day- QUALITY time. What things are you intentionally doing to live your faith in front of your children, and challenge, nurture, and grow theirs? I am challenged by Deut. 6 which implies that we should be doing it all the time.

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. [a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

At home, on the road, when you lie down, when you get up- on your hands and foreheads and doorframes of your house--- is there any place that that does not cover? :) So, I take from that, that I need to make all my time with my kids, time to disciple them in the faith.

What do you find the most helpful ways to turn your time into quality, relationship-building, quality time?

1 comment:

Heidi Lou said...

This is great advice! I wanted to tell you about a book that I picked up at the MACHE conference a couple weeks ago it's called "Family Driven Faith" by Voodie Bachman. GREAT stuff. And it really resonates with your post. :) It's a must read! Similar in topic to "When You Rise Up" by R.C. Sproul gave me that book! But, I really like Voodie's style of writing and perspective. He's different than Sproul and I like that. Again, hugs to you!

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