Make Time, Slow Down
Do you ever feel like you schedule just continues to get busier as the years go on? Especially having kids with different schedules and none of them drive yet. The start of a new year is a great time to take inventory of all the things you've said yes to in the previous year and ask yourself, "is this working?" We cannot fill our schedules up each day with zero breaks and expect to live joyful, peaceful and fruitful. You will eventually burn out - especially if you don't have a set day of rest each week. When you say yes to every opportunity presented before you, it's quite the set up for you to become overwhelmed and weary. Learn the art of saying NO. You don't owe an explanation when someone asks you to go do something, if you need to schedule a day of resting at home then put it on your calendar and tell them you have plans. A plan to rest is as important as a plan to go do something. Make time for God first, make time for your family and yourself, make time for rest. Slow down and actually enjoy each day. There's beauty all around to take in. Wait on God, rest in His presence Matthew 11:28-30 (AMPC) Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. [Jer. 6:16.] For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good–not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne. Hebrews 4:9-11 (NKJV) There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.