Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Time to Talk

I chatted on the phone awhile with a great mom-friend this morning. It was nearly an hour that we talked, and as I hung up, the familiar twinge of guilt came up to tackle me. "You just wasted an hour on the phone!" it said. So I thought, what DID I accomplish during that time?

Well, we talked about:
  • Bible study-for moms and for teen daughters. Why is there so little available for girls in training them to love God and His Word, rather than just focusing on the "struggles" that many(not all!) teens face? It's hard to find age-appropriate materials that don't make the GIRL look like the center of the universe, instead of pointing her to a relationship with God who MADE her--and HE IS the answer to all those other "struggles."
  • Teaching kids to read and the funny things they come up with when they're learning to sound out words.
  • How we need to always be alert to hear what our children are saying AND alert to the environment and how it's affecting them.
  • Husbands and their work schedules.
  • Breast cancer.
  • Toddler vocabulary.
  • Doctor's office visits.
  • Breakfast and grocery shopping/menu planning.
  • Field trips.
  • Church.
  • Sunday school.
  • Getting together for a meal and a visit.
  • Speech club.
That's a LOT of ground to cover in under an hour--and I know I don't even remember everything we discussed. To top it all, I was not idle during that time; I recall that I ate breakfast, unloaded the dishwasher, loaded it back, wiped the counters, cleaned out both sinks, washed the dish drainer, and tidied the living area . . . there may have been more.

So, to the guilt that wants to steal my contentment, I say Go Away. I am NOT wasting time! Even if I am "just talking."



Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You also didn't even factor in that perhaps your friend maybe really needed the conversation or that perhaps she will then relay your conversation on to someone else whom it may bless.
Plus the multi tasking~ impressive! :)

Lynn said...

April, sometimes it's the phone conversations, especially with my mom, that keep me going. By the way, I love the way you've got your blog set up! Looks so old fashioned and different. It's fun to blog-decorate! I guess we can even stand and stare when it comes to our blogs!! xoxo Lynn

April said...

thanks, laura and lynn. you are both right--sometimes those phone conversations make the difference between a good productive day and a not-so-good-should-i-go-back-to-bed one. . .
glad you like the layout, Lynn! i have black and white creeping into my entire home right now. :)

Allison said...

It was sweet. I am more than thankful and an HOUR (not pronounced like Gabe did LOL). April, you stir up wonderful thoughts that my simple minded self could never think of alone. I treasure every minute on the phone be they 6 or 60.
Love you

Rebecca J said...

Hello dear April! I wanted to pop over and see you after the very kind comment you left me today and now I see you are Allison's sweet friend (I just read this post on her blog)! How neat and how wonderful to meet you two! You ladies sure are an encouragement!

Blessings to you!

Liz said...

NOT A WASTE OF TIME! Think of it as refining your communication skills! :)
Anyway, I think that sometimes we just have to bounce things off of someone else. Not for approval, but for input. It's how we are made.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!