Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Relax,Refresh, and Revive (Part 2).....

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Yesterday, we started talking about the importance of refreshing and reviving ourselves spiritually and emotionally. It's SO important to run to our True Refuge in times of stress and trial. If we're going to ever get any spiritual rest, we have to rely on Him.

Psalm 116:7, "Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you."

2. Examine your Responsibilities

At the beginning of last month, our church hosted a small pastors/pastor's wives retreat. The ladies enjoyed a GREAT speaker from a college a couple hours away. She didn't realize it, but an illustration she used hit me right between the eyes. 

Farmers are some of the most intentional people in the world. They spend hours examining the soil, the seeds, what soil is right for those seeds. Their job, their livelihood depends on their extreme focus and purpose in planting and harvesting. 

There's a reason that you never see any farmer deciding spread some wildflower seeds in their fields. They are beautiful and grow very quickly, BUT they also have tiny roots and die soon after blooming. It would go against the intentional nature of a farmer to sow those kinds of seeds. 

In the same way, we as women and moms HAVE to be intentional with our responsibilities. It's so easy for us to get distracted by the thousands of "wildflowers" around us. We start taking on jobs and obligations that don't add to our family, but instead create a more chaotic life. We struggle to say, "no" and feel like it would be wrong for us to take a break from a responsibility. Our "wildflower" obligations quickly spring up and may even look beautiful for a while, but before we know it we're dying inside because we can't keep up with it all. 

Remember, friends, you don't have to do it all. You don't have to say "yes" to every opportunity that comes your way. Take time to examine it. Will add more stress to your family? Will your kids suffer because of your added responsibility?  Is it something that you could try in a few years when you are in a different season of life? It's ok to say "no"!!

In order to truly refresh ourselves emotionally, we have to examine the responsibilities in our life. For me, my priority is the two little boys in my care. I want them to know God in a deep and real way and want them to see that in their mommy! 

What about you? Do you struggle with too much responsibility in your life? How do you create boundaries with the things you add to your plate? 

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