Okay ladies, let’s get real! These days life is a bit more fast pace than our younger days. There are deadlines to be met, parties to attend, kids’ activities to register, houses to be cleaned, doctors to visit, bosses to be pleased, animals to be cared for, miles to be ran, and family to be loved. The list could go on and on, but the truth is day to day life sometimes feels like we are living in FAST FORWARD!
Y’all, things get busy quickly and sometimes there is no time for rest. Last year I was not in a season of rest, but it was a busy and memorable year. One thing I kept in mind is that rest will come when He is ready. As I’ve said before, the Lord was busy working on me. I was writing, creating a blog, working full time, raising babies with my husband, and planning out our next season of life that the Lord prepared for us. I know this to be true because every important moment throughout the year gathered in a straight line.
We are in a more restful season now, and I couldn’t be more thankful. And, when experiencing rest all your senses are reconnected with the things that are missed when you are in over-drive. If you’re waiting on rest, it’s coming and you will rejoice in that freedom every day.
I do believe that some aspects of a busy life can be reduced, but there has to be a plan. Just like the saying goes, “without a plan, there’s chaos.” Find out what’s really important throughout your day to day and organize each day accordingly. This keeps things simple, expected, and worthy of your time.
3 Ways To Keep A Busy Life In Check
I think prayer is put on the back burner more so than any other priority on our list. But, prayer needs to be at the top. Instead of waiting to fall asleep to pray, make it part of your morning or evening drive routine. When I lived in Alabama, there was a long road to the interstate that I would take each morning. The roads were open with nothing but trees and minimal traffic. I could see the sky clearly and it was the perfect stretch of road to focus on long conversated prayer. A steady conversation with Him will surely reveal his message to you.
This is actually a fun challenge. So for me, I like to use the first letter of the week day to coincide with a chore or dinner option. For example, Friday would be Fish Friday and Filing Friday. See, it’s simple, expected, and totally necessary.
The Power Of NO
Sometimes you just have to say, NO! You can’t do everything and you can’t say, “yes,” to everything either. Obviously it’s a wonderful goal to strive to be the best friend, employee, or parent, but those roles sometimes need a simple, no.
These three tips may not immediately cure your busy schedule, but it’s progress to a simpler life. And right now, you may be in a busy season for a variety of reasons but Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 lays it all out:
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to tend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
I hope this has given you some encouragement to slow down and pray for rest. Not every season has the same tempo, so slow down and rest!
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