The Night Before

I’m learning how to anticipate what’s coming and prepare.

Simple things done the night before change the whole mood of the coming day.

Small things: Packing lunches the night before. Filling the crock pot with ingredients for turkey chili the night before. Laying out everyone’s clothes the night before. Stuffing snow suits and pairing mittens the night before.

Nobody freaks out. Nobody’s in a rush. We get out the door on time. We eat dinner on time.

I think about other ways to anticipate what’s coming–emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually, relationally–and prepare. In this season of teaching more, writing more, and parenting more, I see the essential quality of preparation.

This way, I don’t freak out. I don’t have to rush. I’m out the door in the right mood. I’m on time.

How do you prepare yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually for what’s coming?

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