In Leisure: A Spiritual Need, Leonard Doohan says that “the ability to experience something beautiful prepares one for the beautiful experience of God.” Because there’s always more to be done, experiencing beauty might feel like an extravagance you can’t make time for.
But if you are going to successfully combine homeschooling with working from home, you are going to have to find a way to incorporate self-care into your day. So much is required of us. And you simply can’t give what you don’t have.
This past month I had the opportunity to review Your Morning Basket: How to Transform Your Homeschool One Morning at a Time by Pam Barnhill. (You can read my full review at The Curriculum Choice.) Now, morning time isn’t new for us; it really is the foundation of our family learning project. But Pam highlights truth, goodness, and beauty in her exploration of shared learning. And this is where the power lies!
It’s not just our children who get to soak up poems and prayers, hymns and art. The stories play on our hearts as well. Morning time can be not just a way to check off boxes or even a way to fit in all the extras. It’s a way to fill ourselves, a way to prepare us for what we’ll encounter in our day, a way to drink deep and find refreshment.