The Power of Pressing Pause

“God didn’t create hurry.”

That quote by Richard Swenson seized my heart during the summer months. I’d known for quite some time that my schedule was out of control. No matter how hard I tried, my best intentions to scale back kept turning into saying “yes” too often.

I felt so boxed in.

No mental rest. Always anticipating the next obligation. Forever short-tempered and stressed.

It was time for a break. I meant to let you know. But when your train has jumped the track and it’s headed for a cliff, you don’t stop to serve tea to the passengers.

After I tucked and rolled, I made a soft landing in the field of “Wow…I don’t mind cooking so much when I actually have time for it.” When I dusted myself off I decided to traipse down the path called, “I get to do fun stuff with my kids more often.” Then I totally got lost in the forest of, “Hey, having time to think leads to lots of creative ideas…and a more organized home in which to work and play.”

Here’s what I learned in the past two months:

A.  Only God can take care of everybody.

B.  God told me to take care of my family first.

C.  In this season in my life, blogging needs to be a once-in-a-while thing.

If you care to learn more about how I reached these conclusions, I highly recommend the books Crazy Busy, by Kevin DeYoung, and Margin, by Dr. Richard Swenson.

I also have an article up on The Home Educating Family about how to recognize (and do battle with) overload. It was a tough one to write because it’s so personal. If you live in a perpetual state of “busyness”, I hope that what I share in “When Ministry Competes with Family” will be a lifeline for you.

I’ve missed you. Thanks for being patient and supportive as I try to follow the Spirit’s lead.

No Matter What You Lost or Lose; Cling to this Truth

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Today would have been my mother’s 66th birthday. Reflecting on her life and death leads me back to Psalm 116:7, the verse that carried me through the pit of despair. “Be at rest once more, oh my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.” It’s hard to find goodness at a graveside. A […]

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Smotherhood vs. Parenting Purposefully

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If lives came with control panels I’d adjust my Ultra-Protective Parental Instincts Lever…stat. It seems mine’s been stuck on “max” for over a decade as I’ve perfected the arts of disaster prevention and damage mitigation. I’m like Johnny Bench at the bottom of playground slides, and I could teach Homeland Security a thing or twenty […]

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When Mourning Turns to Moping (Help from Hebrews…and a Giveaway)

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So many of you have lost loved ones recently. You need healing Truth as the balm for your wounded heart. I want to share how God proved Himself during my deepest grief (the home-going of my mother) so that you might experience His comfort the same way. I lost my bearings when I lost Ma. […]

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