Hello, Friend! I haven't forgotten about you! I've missed you, and I want you to know how much you mean to me and that I've been thinking about you. If you've been hanging out with me on the blog, you know how much I have enjoyed connecting with you and inspiring you to be all that you can be. You've also probably noticed that I've been "missing in action" for over a month. To be honest and transparent, I was facing complete burnout. Yes, me. Life pushed this "go-getter girl" beyond her limit.
Last year, I worked so hard meeting goals, checking boxes, and cheering other people on that I neglected my own well-being. As you can imagine, I tend to give my all to everything I do (including things I don’t need to do - LOL) so needless to say, I was exhausted. I had gotten so absorbed with doing, completing, and finishing that I stopped enjoying the things that matter to me and the things that fed my spiritual, mental, and physical well-being.
Trust me, God was doing everything to get my attention to SLOW DOWN and enjoy the journey, but I just couldn't stop. I felt the great need of all the women I work with, and I just wanted to help, help, help! However, as all of you moms, wives, and superwomen know, it's all too easy to put ourselves on the bottom of our own to-do lists. I ignored all the warnings, promptings, and signs that God was giving me for the sake of "doing good!" Many women justify and sacrifice themselves this way, but what I learned this year is that "everything that's good is not God"! It wasn't easy for a goal-oriented person like me to slow down and rest when there were things to be done, so God allowed life to shut me down. Any and everything happened that required me to turn off the computer, put away my phone, and push pause on my business to help me to get a grip on my life.
At the start of the year, my family took a major hit. My littlest nugget had every sickness imaginable from Pneumonia, Strep Throat, Pink Eye, to the Flu. To top it all off, he fell off the playground equipment at preschool and had to be rushed to the emergency room to get a head full of stitches! From January to March, God used these incidents as a way to get my attention and help me refocus and take care of myself and my family.
During this stressful time, I noticed something amazing. As I was nursing my son back to health, God was nursing me back to health. I didn't realize how sick I was until God lovingly began to stitch me up! The sickness that I was suffering wasn't physical - it was spiritual and emotional and took the form of unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, and anger. You see, on my journey of "doing good" I didn't do a good job of DEALING with my emotions. Instead of confronting them in prayer, I tried to "eat them away" or "work them away" which left me depleted, broken, and exhausted.
Doing The Things That Matter
It wasn't long after checking back into my life that I began to feel my joy return. With all my gadgets off and distractions put away, I was able to slowly regain control of my life and do more of what I loved like spending more quality time with Jesus praying, worshipping, praising, and reading His Word. When we order a dose of Jesus through the drive-thru, we can't possibly get properly nourished. However, when we get the slow-cooked "Pot Roast Jesus" it tastes better and keeps us satisfied much longer. So, I stopped the drive-thru Jesus plan and began enjoying the full meal again! This helped me plan my day around what He wanted, instead of what I thought was best leaving me happy, fulfilled, and NOT depleted.
You see, when we seek, listen to, or fill our spirits with more of everything else (social media) and less of God and His Word, we're already sick. It's easy to look outward into people, places, and things for fulfillment and fail to realize that our peace, joy, and love comes only from the Lord. You see, I returned my RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD to its top spot in my life and then slowly added only things that matter to me back into my life.
As I prayed and added, I realized that after God, home, and family, YOU all matter to me. I love you ladies to life, and I know that a part of my purpose in life (outside of being a wife and mother) is to spread the good news of Jesus to anyone who will listen. So, from now on I will add more FAITH articles, courses, and meet-ups to help us grow together and enjoy the fellowship of our community of fierce and faith-filled women. I hope you stay around and grow with me as we live balanced & healthy lives together!
I look forward to sharing powerful faith-building messages with you and life-giving tips that will make our lives simpler and happier.
In the meantime, ponder this - Is God trying to get your attention? How will you respond to His call? I look forward to your thoughts and responses!